Extending the life of your decontamination equipment

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  Posted by: Dental Design      25th August 2022

As infection control is a top priority in a dental practice, the last thing you want or need is for one of your essential systems to malfunction unexpectedly. Even minor problems can lead to downtime, inconveniencing patients and professionals alike.

You also want your investment in technology to provide longevity as well as peace of mind that your infection control standards are being met. So, how can you extend the life of your decontamination equipment?

There are a number of aspects to bear in mind and actions you can perform to help your equipment to go the extra mile…

Have you thought about water quality?

You’ve probably heard of calcium build up impacting systems in your home like your washing machine, but did you know that water quality can affect the longevity of your autoclave and washer disinfector too?

Around 60% of the UK is classed as having hard water.[i] This means that the tap water naturally contains higher concentrations of minerals such as calcium and magnesium.[ii] When this water evaporates, it leaves behind deposits such as calcium carbonate – commonly known as limescale.

Limescale can impact the efficacy of decontamination equipment in numerous ways. If limescale builds up in your equipment, it can prevent it from working properly and ultimately cause damage requiring extensive repairs. One way to help prevent this type of problem is to invest in a good quality water treatment device, such as an RO (reverse osmosis) water system. These devices remove minerals and microorganisms from the water, preventing any build up and extending the lifetime of any decontamination equipment.

Daily use, maintenance and cleaning

It goes without saying that one of the most important parts of looking after any dental equipment is taking care of it on a regular basis. This includes using the equipment properly, as well as performing maintenance so that it can continue to function to the best of its capacity.

With autoclaves, it’s vital that you ensure all instruments are free from any debris, blood or organic tissue before they enter the chamber, otherwise this can impact the efficacy of the sterilisation process. You should also ensure that the trays inside the chamber aren’t overloaded and that instruments are positioned in the trays properly, otherwise this can lead to malfunctions or instruments not being processed correctly.

In terms of general maintenance, autoclaves need regular attention to guarantee they are functioning correctly. Depending on how frequently you use the equipment, this could mean that daily maintenance and cleaning is necessary. There are certain areas of your autoclave that should have special attention given to them during daily equipment maintenance. The door seals, for example, are absolutely vital for chamber integrity, and therefore should be cleaned regularly and checked for cracks and leaks. Filters should also be examined as these may become clogged over time.

Protect your investment with quality care

Professional servicing and maintenance, including validation, are a guaranteed way to ensure that your equipment remains in perfect working order. For the best possible service, you can check whether the manufacturer provides maintenance and breakdown cover, as they will inevitably understand your equipment better than anyone else and be able to offer high-quality, tailored care.

For example, when you purchase decontamination equipment from Eschmann you can safeguard this investment with their Care & Cover policy. This exceptional service offering includes regular maintenance and validation, complete breakdown cover and additional perks at no extra cost, such as Enhanced CPD User Training. With this, an expert Eschmann engineer will come to your practice and train your team how to best operate, maintain and understand your equipment, giving peace of mind that you are meeting compliance.

Keep your equipment going strong

Understanding your decontamination equipment, as well as ensuring that it receives regular maintenance and care are the best ways to extend its lifetime. By supporting this with expert cover and Enhanced CPD training from the manufacturer, you can rest assured that your system will support your daily needs for years to come.


For more information on the highly effective and affordable range of infection control products from Eschmann, please visit www.eschmann.co.uk or call 01903 875787



[i] ScaleGuard Professional. Hard Water Areas. Link: https://www.scaleguard.co.uk/hard-water-areas.html#:~:text=Around%2060%25%20of%20the%20UK,of%20calcium%20carbonate%20per%20litre. [Last accessed May 22].


[ii] Healthline. Hard Water Vs Soft Water: Which One Is Healthier? Link: https://www.healthline.com/health/hard-water-and-soft-water [Last accessed May22].

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