(d) Change the cleaning solution frequently. The length of time the
cleaning agent remains active depends upon the kind and amount of soil and upon the
temperature of the solution.
(e) Apply friction to remove soil from hard-to-clean surfaces. The
friction used should not damage the surface. Use brushes of varying lengths to clean
tubular instruments and equipment. Always brush under the surface of the liquid
solution. This avoids splatter and possible contamination of the area.
The criteria for cleaning agents are given in Table 3-2.
(3) Each type of item, (for exqample, instruments, tracheostomy tubes,
metalware, needles, glassware, rubber goods, and so forth) has specific procedures for
cleaning. FM 8-38 will provide you with specific procedures for each type and will be
available to you in the CMS.
Table 3-2. Cleaning materials.
d. Cleaning Non-Submergible Items. There are many items that cannot be
placed in a solution. The manufacturer's instructions will indicate whether a part can be
submerged for cleaning and to what extent the item can be disassembled for cleaning.
To clean those types of reusable supplies that cannot be submerged in a solution you
Moisten a cloth with a detergent solution and thoroughly clean the parts.