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Instrument sterilization guidelines

The health of the master and the client largely depend on strict adherence to the maintenance and cleaning guidelines for the manicure instruments

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The health of the master and the client largely depend on strict adherence to the maintenance and cleaning guidelines for the manicure instruments. If you think that sprinkling the instrument with a disinfectant solution is more than enough, you are far from being right. To guarantee safety for customers, it is necessary to sterilize all working equipment.

Safety above all

Sterilization of manicure tools should be carried out in the same way it is done with medical instruments. Pathogenic microorganisms can stay on the surface of the instruments for a long time, and that increases the likelihood of transmission of various diseases and infections.
It is important to remember that failure to comply with the basic guidelines of disinfection can harm both the master and the customer.
Professional instrument treatment consists of three consecutive stages:
●      Disinfection
●      Cleansing
●      Sterilization
It is important not to forget about the antiseptic treatment of hands and the working area. In the process of disinfection of the hand surface, harmful microorganisms are destroyed. Also, it is recommended to use gloves.
We should also mention the rules of storage. Just disinfecting and sterilizing the instruments is not sufficient: you need to keep them clean until the next use. Here special craft bags and ultraviolet equipment come in handy.

Disinfection of the instruments

After each manicure procedure, you need to treat all the instruments in the set even if they were not used. Disinfection is carried out in several steps:
1. Preparation of disinfectant solution for instruments.
2. Immersion of instruments in the solution.
3. Exposure during disinfection must be timed according to the product manual.
It is important to only use specialized disinfectants as they contain anti-corrosion additives that protect your hardware from rusting.

Cleansing the instrument

The next step is cleansing the manicure instrument. At this point, the skin particles, blood traces, and other visible contaminants are removed. Cleansing can be done in several ways:
●      Mechanical cleaning with brushes and running water.
●      Ultrasonic cleaning during which contamination is removed by vibration.
It is highly advisable not to skip this step because if any remnants of the biological material are attached to the instrument surface at the time of sterilization, this will lead to protein coagulation.
After cleaning the instruments must be dried in the open state. There is equipment that combines both functions, drying and sterilization. If you have such a device, then you can immediately proceed with the next step after cleaning.

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Sterilization of manicure instruments

Sterilization is an important step that must be carried out every time after a manicure session. Instruments are sterilized by exposure to high temperatures (hot-air sterilizer) or steam under high pressure (autoclave).
It is important to remember that the instruments must be sterilized only when they are dry. Thus, you need to thoroughly dry the instrument after disinfection and cleansing.
Sterilization ensures destruction of pathogenic microorganisms and eliminates the possibility of infection of the master and the client.
Remove the instruments from the autoclave or hot-air sterilizer after sterilization only after they have cooled down.
To keep the instruments sterile, it is necessary to use craft bags or store the instruments in the ultraviolet cabinet after sterilization. The advantage of craft bags is the presence of special indicators telling the master that the sterilization of the instrument was successful. After exposure to high temperature or steam under pressure, the indicator on the craft bag darkens: this means that the instrument has been sterilized.

How does the sterilization affect the instruments?

Due to the influence of high temperatures, discoloration can occur, affecting the appearance of the instrument. To avoid such consequences, you need to follow the sterilization guidelines, as well as recommendations for instrument storage and maintenance.
Please note that you need to sterilize the instruments correctly, without exceeding the recommended temperatures. Failure to follow the guidelines can lead to a decrease in the durability of the sharpened edges and deterioration of the instruments.

Choice of instruments is also important. Professional instruments are made of high-quality medical grade steel and polished in several stages so they can easily withstand the entire sterilization procedure.
The instruments by STALEKS PRO incorporate the innovative solutions developed by our design department. Unique parameters guarantee comfort and ease of operation. On the STALEKS website you can buy instruments of the following types:
●      Cuticle and nail nippers
●      Cuticle scissors

●      Manicure spatulas
●      Nail files
●      and other instruments

All instruments by STALEKS PRO are designed for professional use and frequent disinfection/sterilization. When all the guidelines mentioned above are adhered to, the instrument does not change its appearance and practical properties.

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Instrument storage

The process of cleaning the manicure instrument is finished. Next, it is important how you store the instrument until the next use. There are certain subtleties worth mentioning in this respect.
Use ultraviolet cabinets or craft bags in which sterilization was carried out for storage of the sterile instruments.
Use special boxes and cases for transportation of the instrument, for example, to the sharpening shop. These precautions prevent instruments from coming into contact with each other and protect the cutting edges.
STALEKS PRO instruments are supplied in the special packaging that can be used as storage cases. It is convenient and practical.

Lubrication of instruments

In addition to treatment, the instruments also need proper maintenance. To ensure durability and keep the performance of the instrument at a high level, it is necessary to take care of lubrication.
The joints of the instrument must be lubricated weekly. The sewing machine oil is the best choice for the job. Lubricate the instrument after sterilization, as high temperatures can result in oil deterioration influencing the functionality negatively.
To lubricate the instrument you need to:
●      Apply one drop of oil to the hinge
●      Open and close the instrument several times
●      Wipe off the remaining oil with a clean cloth.

Maintenance recommendations

Now it’s time to review the basic guidelines for instrument sterilization and maintenance.
1. It is necessary to disinfect, clean, and sterilize manicure instruments after each use. During the procedure, it is important to adhere to the guidelines, safety rules, and follow the sequence of steps.
2. Fixings, moving parts, and instrument blades should be periodically lubricated with oil.
3. To prevent deterioration of the instrument qualities, blade sharpening should only be carried out by expert sharpeners.
4. It is important to avoid contaminating the instrument working parts with abrasives. Also, avoid contact between the cutting parts.
5. Instruments should be stored in the low humidity conditions.
6. When carrying instruments, the cutting edges must be protected. To do this, use special cases.
Do not drop or knock instruments against hard surfaces as this may affect their appearance and functionality. It is necessary to handle the instruments with care to avoid damage.

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