Storage, Cleaning, & Sterilization Procedures for Tygon ® Tubing

- Storage
Storing Tygon ® tubing is simple and presents no unusual problems. Whenever possible, it is desirable to store the tubing in a carton or box to eliminate or minimize it collecting dust. It is a good idea to dry store the tubing after cleaning, with ends open to permit thorough drying. If it is impossible to store Tygon ® tubing in cartons, place it loosely coiled or laid out straight on a clean dry shelf, free from contact with painted surfaces, rubber, oils, and greases. In any case, avoid kinking by not hanging the tubing over a nail or sharp edge.

- Cleaning
Generally, cleaning Tygon ® tubing is as simple as the flushing of the bore with soap and water, followed by a clear water rinse. Its low surface tension facilitates complete drainage. In addition, Tygon ® tubing will withstand virtually all commercial cleaning agents and bactericides without danger of corrosion (as with metals) or oxidation (as with rubber). When using these preparations, do not increase the temperature or the concentration of the solution beyond that recommended by the manufacturer. If the tubing shows excessive swelling during cleaning, reduce pressure and temperature. Contact with paint, rubber, oils, greases, hand creams, and perspiration, or prolonged exposure to strong sunlight will also affect clarity. Certain strong sanitizing agents, such as those containing iodine or bromine, also have a tendency to cause some staining. However, these are surface discolorations and in no way affect the performance of like of the tubing. After exposure to moisture, a slight cloudiness will be noted. This is simply a surface film of moisture, and clarity will return shortly if the tubing is allowed to dry and air thoroughly.

- Sterilization
Listed below are commonly used methods of sterilization and tubing compatibility. It is required that the user conduct tests using the conditions of the application prior to specifying a particular tubing formulation.  

Tubing Formulation

Sterlization Methods

 

Autoclaving (1)                   Gas(2)                  Radiation(3)

Tygon ® B-44-3

Tygon ® B-44-4X

Tygon ® B-44-4X I.B.

Tygon ®  Silver

Noprene ® A-60-F

Noprene ® A-60-F I.B.

Tygoprene ® XL-60

PharMed ® BPT Tubing

Tygon ® R-3603

Tygon ® R-3603 Vacuum

Tygon ® R-1000

Tygon ®  LFL

Versilic ® SPX-50

Versilic ® SPX-70 I.B.

Tygon ®  3350

Tygon ® 3370 I.B.

Tygon ®  S-50-HL

Tygon ® S-54-HL

Tygon ®  2275

Tygon ® 2275 I.B.

Tygon ®  2075

Tygon ®  2001

Tygothane ® C-210-A

Tygothane ® C-544-A I.B.

Norprene ® A-60-G

Tygon ®  F-4040-A

Tygon ®  R-3400

Fluran ® F-55000-A

Tygon ® SE-200

Chemfluor ® FEP

Chemfluor ® PFA

Chemfluor ® PTFE

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(1)   Steam 30 minutes at 15 PSI (250° F [121° C])
(2)   Ethylene oxide
(3)   Radiation up to 2.5 MRad.
Article Title:
Storage, Cleaning, & Sterilization Procedures for Tygon ® Tubing
Article Summary:
Chart for Sterilizing Methods
Article Date:
8/28/2008
Article ID:
511
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