This is probably the most ignored, yet most important procedure when using an Electric File. The care you take to keep your Bits sanitary should be at the same level as your other professional implements.
Would you ever use a dirty and non-sanitized hand file on a client? The same logic applies to your Electric File Bits, which can be just as easily cleaned and sanitized between customers. A dirty Bit harbors the same health problems as a dirty hand file. Cleaning includes the removal of acrylic dust and residue build up within the grits or flute cuts on your Bits and must be cleaned out periodically for the Bits to remain sharp. You can use Medicool's wire brush to do this or soak the cutting Bits in a cleaning solution to help dissolve this acrylic material. Once your Diamond, Sapphire or Carbide Bits have been thoroughly cleaned, submerge them completely in disinfecting solution and leave them for the time recommended to sanitize them.
Bits should be cleaned and disinfected between each use. Store all bits in a clean, dry container until you are ready to use them.
CLEANING AND DISINFECTING BITS
After each use clean bits to remove debris from the surface by either washing with a brush and soap and water, or immersing in acetone for 5 to 10 minutes.
* Acetone is not a disinfectant, it is a solvent used for cleaning
After cleaning, completely immerse bits in liquid disinfectant that is approved for use by your state regulatory guidelines for the time required on the label.
Remove portion of bit used on client by holding the bit vertical on the surface of a course file. With the machine on, press down until past the used portion. (similar to sharpening a pencil)
Completely immerse bits in an approved disinfectant.
SANDING BANDS OR SLEEVES
These are single-use disposable items and cannot be saved or reused. After each initial use discard in a waste receptacle.