Step by step instructions for Stainless steel Aquascaping tools care
How to care your Aquascaping tools ? is a common question asked by customers and hobbyists. Proper care and handling are key to the longevity of your Aquascaping tools. After each procedure, you should be following a set cleaning process. Stainless steel tools require proper care to maintain their properties.
Even though stainless-steel aqua tools are viewed as the best material, you can’t assume that they are entirely corrosion-resistant. The cleaning and sanitizing process of surgical grade Aquascaping tools is tricky and has become more hard due to advancements; therefore, these tools must be handled delicately for a long life and usage.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when handling and cleaning your Aquascaping tools.
1. Immediately after use, clean and dry your Aqua tools. Residue will cause staining if they are not rinsed right after the procedure. It is recommended that you use warm or cool, distilled water and solutions with a pH below 10 for cleaning, rinsing, and sterilization. Dry instruments thoroughly to minimize the risk of corrosion and water spots. For tools such as Tweezers, forceps and scissors, make sure they are dried in an open position. Store tools in dry areas.
2. Aqua Tools should be used for their intended purpose only. Make sure you use the appropriate tool for each procedure. Incorrect use can damage the tools beyond repair or can impact its performance, which can lead to frustration and delays in your happy hobby times.
3. Don’t place aquarium tools in saline or any other harsh solutions. Long-term exposure to saline can break down the surface of aqua tools which can cause corrosion, thus, shortening its lifespan.
4. Use a softer brush for manual cleaning. Stiff plastic or nylon brushes are most effective for manual cleaning. You should pay special attention to any hard-to-reach areas and moving parts. Using a steel or wire brush will likely damage the instrument.
5. Lubricate all Pet tools that have any metal-to-metal action. Only use surgical lubricates but as a hobbyist you have not above you can use white machine oil or baby oil to lubricates. For instruments such as scissors or forceps, sterilize them in an open position. Never lock an instrument during autoclaving – this will prevent the steam from reaching and sterilizing the metal-to-metal surfaces.
6. Ultrasonic cleaning is one of the most effective cleaning methods. Ultrasonic cleaning is the result of cavitation. The vibration waves create bubbles in the solution which grow until they finally implode, removing grime. Recommended exposure time is 5-10 minutes.
Aquarium hobby time is very important; therefore, users must have the proper education and training to make sure your stainless steel Aquascaping tools are fully functional and sterile for each procedure. To have a pleasant experience every time.