The methods you use for cleaning, disinfection and sterilization will depend on the type of equipment you use. Although it is impossible to anticipate every requirement, there are a few principles that should be followed:

If you use a steam sterilizer for sterilizing hollow metal sections of your machine, eg a hollow grip, it must have a vacuum step that will allow penetration of steam in to hollow spaces. If not, there is no guarantee that steam treatment will sterilize those areas.

Although highly effective, vacuum steam sterilizers can be expensive to purchase, run and maintain and are complex pieces of equipment. As such, the suitability of a particular sterilizer for a particular load needs to be checked to ensure sterilization.

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