Full Steam Ahead: Autoclaving

Autoclave? What is that?

An autoclave is a machine that uses steam and high pressure to sterilize instruments. Many salons use Barbicide, UV light sterilizer or other chemical solutions to disinfect their tools. Although this is legal and standard, you need to know that this is not totally effective at killing all bacteria and infection. The only solution that works and which kills 100% of all infective organism is autoclaving. 

How to Autoclave

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Below are instructions on how to use the Tuttnauer Autoclave 1730.

  1. After usage, clean the implements with soap, water and a brush.

  2. Place the implements on a clean towel to dry.

  3. Load the instruments in the autoclave as per manufacturer's directions. It is important not to overload the unit.

  4. Use distilled water to fill up the container.

  5. Set the device to fill and ensure that the water reaches the indicated line.

  6. Set the device temperature and timer as per manufacturer's directions. Make sure that the heat light goes on.

  7. Once the time is done. Set the device to dry. Make sure the PSI indicator goes all the way down to 0.

  8. Once done, set the timer to 10 minutes and open up the Autoclave about 1 inch and let dry.

  9. Once the implements are dried, remove the trays with the tray remover.

  10. Place implements in sealed pouches and store in a sealed container.

So now that you know how autoclaving works, it's important to make sure that your nail salon autoclave so that you are 100% protected. How can you find out if your salon is using an autoclave so that you are protected? Ask the salon manger how they disinfect their tools. If they don't autoclave, know that you are not 100% protected. If they do, make sure that the implements are stored in sealed autoclave pouches. Therefore, autoclave pouches are sealed and should be open in front of you.