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and am wondering if I also HAVE to buy and Autocave and an Ultrasonic or is it suitable and possible to just clean the kit itself some other way as the autoclave is around 600 pound and ultrasonics are 60 pound plus at the moment i will be just practicing on grapefruit etc but im just curious as ive never seen either of these items at the tattoo shop ive been to
Tom:Hi Soulclaimed - I'm not a tattooist, but i have friends who own a studio, and hygiene's one of their top considerations - the autoclave and ultrasonic are pretty much always in use, and sterilisation is top priority. I asked my friend Dave about this once, as i was in the back of his shop and didn't know what all the machines were for, and he said it's standard equipment when tattooing people - it's (according to him, and i trust him to be safe) the only way to sterilise equipment properly if you're going to be tattooing people. I'd listen to Dave - he's a great artist, owns a successful little studio, and takes his profession seriously. that's as much as i know - I'll ask some other folks on here if they have any advice, as i know they're tattooists and know much better than me.
hope all's well sir
Anonymous:An ultrasonic cleaner gets the dirt.blood etc off of the tips, grips but it does not kill the blood pathogens/diseaes.
that is what the autoclave is for. it is the only way to guarantee that the blood pathogens die and you will not pass of any diseases to the next person you tattoo.
if you can not afford an autoclave then use disposable tips and grips and only use them once and then throw them away.
hope i have helped
First off an Altrasonic cleaner does not sterilize anything ,but rather is used to basically vibrate pigments,plasmas,off of things such as stainless steel tubes,piercing utensils ,etc.
When used the way most use an ultrasonic cleaner,it is merely filled with a heavy soapy solution
only.Now I prefer, if you are going to use an ultrasonic ,to also add a limited amount of a liquid sterilant to the liquid such as alittle Wave-a cide 01,or even Cidex or Omnicide, as alittle extra prcautionary measure.Or a cap or 2 of bleach.
After the time period of the Ultrasonic cleaner has done it's job to your satifaction,remove items ,always wearing gloves,rinse thouroughly,and then package into sterilization pouches and run through your Auto-clave.
Never re-use needles,disposeable tubes,tips,etc,dispose of those into sharps container..So in all practcallity,if you can't afford both,(wait til you can!),do not skimp on cost of an autoclave -sterilizer,which is going to protect you as well as your clients ...If you are unsure on how to operate
it,ask someone who knows..!!!!!!
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