Cleaning and Disinfecting Centrifuges

Ascend Clinical supplies a centrifuge for laboratory procedures. Follow your clinic’s equipment maintenance protocol and manufacturer’s recommendation for cleaning, general maintenance and safety recommendations. See our recommendations below the event of a centrifuge malfunction, the clinic will decontaminate the centrifuge and contact Client Services to obtain a call tag for the centrifuge to be returned and to request a replacement.

 

1. Cleaning

  • Clean the centrifuge weekly using a mild detergent. Spills should be wiped up immediately.
  • Clean both the exterior and the interior.
  • Interior cleaning includes the interior bucket, specimen holder, rotor and rubber cushion.

 

2. Disinfecting

  • Disinfect using a 10% bleach solution (one part bleach to nine parts water).
  • Exterior of the centrifuge should be disinfected weekly.
  • Interior should be disinfected monthly.

 

3. Tips

  • Always place on flat surface first.
  • Always unplug power cord from the electrical outlet before cleaning.
  • Wear disposable gloves.
  • Follow your facility’s safety procedures when cleaning and disinfecting the centrifuge.
  • Before transporting the centrifuge to a new location, the exterior and interior surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected.
  • Plug centrifuge back into electrical outlet only when completely dry.
  • Prepare a fresh 10% bleach solution each time. Once mixed with water, bleach loses effectiveness after 24 hours. The solution should not be stored for future use.