Cleaning Surgical Instruments

  • Reprocess Your Instruments with Ease and Confidence

    Posted on May 22, 2018 by Spectrum Veterinary Instruments


    Do you dread having to clean and reprocess your instruments?

    The cleaning and sterilizing of your instruments may not be a quick or simple task, but it is certainly a vital one to keep your clinic in full-working order without hiccups, and to help ensure patient safety and surgeon satisfaction.

    We at STERIS Animal Health understand that dirty jobs, like this one, can be a loathsome task, especially when you don’t have the proper tools or solutions to get the job done right.

    Why would anyone want to do a job, if they know at the end, it might not be done as well as it could have been?  That is why we would like to share with you our full line of reprocessing solutions:


    Spectra-Moist: A spray-on solution to keep your instruments moist for hours, preventing blood and bioburden from drying onto the instruments before you wash them.

    Spectra-Soap: This surgical instrument cleaning soap is a high-suds detergent with rust inhibitor and neutral pH.

    Spectra-Sonic: A low-suds detergent for your ultrasonic cleaner that contains a neutral pH and rust inhibitor.

    Spectra-Lube: Save money and eliminate messy milk baths! Lube your instruments where they specifically need it. With this spray-on, water-based lubricant, you can help prolong the life of your instruments.

    Spectra-Scrub: Have some instruments that need some extra-good-lovin’? Try some of this easy-to-use, non-abrasive scrub, and remove pesky stains without smelly fumes.

    Spectra-Wipes: Have some instruments that have lost their shine? Use these trusty wipes to help you polish and remove rust, stains, water deposits, and discoloration from your surgical instruments.

    Spectra-Clave: A spray-on cleaner to help reduce deposits and stains on the internal walls of your autoclave.

    Spectra-Soak: A “cold soak” solution that is safe and effective for your surgical instruments made of metal, glass, rubber, and plastic.


    From the first step to the last, our full line of cleaning solutions offers everything you need to help ensure that you are able to fight bioburden like a total boss!

    Now you can finish your job with satisfaction and enter the next procedure with confidence.  Oh, and did we mention that ALL of these products are on sale until June 30th?  That’s right, you can save up to 20% off on ALL of our cleaning products! Even our brushes!

    So, what better reason to make your life easier, than to take advantage of this scrubbin’-good offer and call us today at 1-844-540-9810?  Thanks for choosing STERIS Animal Health as your trusty sidekick, to help you take on microbes like the superhero you are!


    Your friends, STERIS Animal Health Team


    PS…Be on the lookout for some new blogs coming your way, where we will discuss and share some exclusive tips on the care & handling or your instruments. We’re pretty stoked about that!


    Posted in: Instrument Cleaning Solutions, Cleaning Surgical Instruments, Surgical Instrument Care
    Tagged: surgical instrument reprocessing, surgical instrument cleaning

  • ABCs of Instrument Care

    Posted on June 26, 2017 by Spectrum Veterinary Instruments

    Do you know the fundamentals of surgical instrument care?

    Proper instrument care can protect your investment and facilitate better surgical technique.

    Download of free guide, and use these tips to clean up your approach.

    We also offer veterinary surgical instrument and device repair services, learn more.

    Posted in: Cleaning Surgical Instruments
    Tagged: surgical instrument care

  • Free* Shipping for ALL online orders $75 or more!

    Posted on August 26, 2014 by Spectrum Veterinary Instruments

    Class has resumed, enjoy the following SAVINGS!

    FREE* Shipping for ALL online orders $75 or more. Use Code SHIP4FREE on the Shopping Cart Page.

    Shop ADDITIONAL SAVINGS on veterinary instruments, surgery packs + cleaning solutions. Hurry, all offers end in ONE WEEK!

    *All offers apply for online orders only until Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at midnight (EST). Free Shipping excludes all instrument care solutions.

    veterinary instrument sale

    Posted in: Veterinary Instrument, Surgery Pack, Cleaning Surgical Instruments
    Tagged: veterinary instruments, instrument cleaning solutions, veterinary surgery packs

  • Your Biggest Enemy of Veterinary Surgical Instruments

    Posted on October 4, 2013 by Spectrum Veterinary Instruments

    Your Biggest Enemy of Surgical Instruments

    Too often, surgical instrument maintenance is overlooked. Improper care of your veterinary surgical instruments and equipment can result in costly repairs and replacements down the road.

    If properly cared for, instruments can last the life of a practice, Derek Lashua, director of marketing for Spectrum Surgical Instruments/STERIS Specialty Services, explains.

    The first step in proper care is to begin the cleaning process as soon as possible after surgery, within 20 minutes.

    “Even if your instruments are not going to be sterilized until later, washing instruments after surgery prevents blood from drying on them and is your best defense against staining, pitting and corrosion,” Lashua says.

    Dried blood is the biggest enemy of surgical instruments. If instruments can’t be washed immediately after surgery, clinic staff can use a pre-cleaning spray to prevent blood from drying on them.

    One of the most common problems Spectrum’s sees is damage caused by dried blood and the use of improper cleaning solutions.

    “Also, use only solutions designed specifically for use on surgical instruments,” Derek adds.

    The following solutions cause spotting on instruments

    • Household cleansers
    • Dish soap
    • Chlorhexidine-based solutions
    • Laundry soap
    • Surgeon’s hand scrub

    Cleaners should have a neutral pH. Instrument cleaning brushes are also useful for the hard-to-clean areas like jaw serrations, teeth and hinges. Another effective cleaning route is using an ultrasonic cleaner. It is 16 times more efficient than manual cleaning.

    After instruments are cleaned and dried, use a spray-on water based instrument lubricant that includes a rust inhibitor. These solutions are designed to keep hinges, ratchets and other moving parts in good working order.

    Posted in: Instrument Cleaning Solutions, Cleaning Surgical Instruments
    Tagged: veterinary surgical instruments, instrument cleaning solutions

  • Veterinary Surgical Instrument Cleaning Brush Kit

    Posted on July 23, 2013 by Spectrum Veterinary Instruments

    Our veterinary instrument brush kit includes two different styles of brushes, perfect for cleaning veterinary surgical instruments. veterinary instrument brush kit, Order #45-1900

    The first style is Spectrum’s Instrument “box- lock”/hinge cleaning brush (Order # 45-7000) with wide, comfortable handle and medical-grade nylon bristles, specifically designed for cleaning the hinge, box lock area of surgical instruments.

    The second style is Spectrum’s stainless steel bristle brush measuring 7” in length with fine stainless steel bristles to remove stubborn debris (Order # 45-303SS).

    The instrument brush kit (Order # 45-1900) comes packaged as a set of 6 reusable brushes.

    Posted in: Cleaning Surgical Instruments
    Tagged: instrument cleaning brushes

  • Surgical Instrument Care for Veterinary Instruments

    Posted on January 23, 2013 by Spectrum Veterinary Instruments

    Protect your veterinary instruments with our cleaning solutions and protective trays.

    Poor instrument maintenance can lead to costly repairs or even replacement expenses.

    We also offer various sizes of double ended Nylon Cleaning Brushes and Frazier Suction Tube Brushes.

    Shop online today for your veterinary instrument cleaning solutions and equipment.


    Posted in: Cleaning Surgical Instruments
    Tagged: cleaning surgical instruments, surgical instrument cleaning brushes

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