An autoclave uses pressure and steam to sterilize equipment in a laboratory. The basic parts of an autoclave include a reservoir for the water, a heating element, a drain and a vacuum-pressurized door. Each autoclave model might have different parts.Continue Reading
The outside of the autoclave has indicators so the user can ensure the equipment is working properly. Indicators include a pressure gauge, a temperature indicator, a low water light, a timer, and an on/off switch, light or button. The outside door and latch are designed to withstand the high pressure created inside the autoclave to achieve sterilization. Inside the door is a compartment. Equipment that needs to be sterilized is placed inside this compartment on the shelf. Larger autoclaves may have multiple shelves.
The outside of the compartment has a liner, or jacket, with holes to allow the steam to enter the compartment. The steam comes from the water reservoir, which is filled with distilled water. Outside that jacket is a heating element that creates the steam. This is covered by another jacket or metal liner. A drain pipe and valve are located at the bottom of the unit to allow water and steam to escape when the sterilization process is complete.Learn more about Cleaning
There is no definitive answer whether dry or steam cleaning carpets is better, as the processes are different, with steam cleaning using hot water to clean carpet and dry cleaning using chemical compounds to remove dirt and stains. Despite the name, dry cleaning still uses a small amount of moisture to clean the carpet, which is an important consideration when choosing a method.Full Answer >
A combination of vacuuming, steam, baking soda and disinfectant spray can kill most germs and get rid of dust and dirt hiding inside upholstery fabric. In many cases, the first three remedies work well as disinfectant is overkill for everyday cleaning.Full Answer >
The cleaner needs to vacuum the floor before steam cleaning. A degreasing agent should be used to clean areas where there is a likelihood of grease buildup, such as kitchens, before steam cleaning. Users should keep checking the dust cup to make sure it never fills up while on vacuum mode and empty it when it reaches the MAX fill line.Full Answer >
A futon mattress may be cleaned using a combination of methods, including a bleach solution for the wood or metal frame, a vacuum, a steam cleaner and baking soda for spot cleaning. It is important not to get the mattress too wet when spot cleaning, as the futon may retain water and cause mold to grow. It is also a good idea to air out the futon mattress once every month by placing it in the sun.Full Answer >