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Professional Autoclave Chamber Cleaning

  • Environmentally safe, automated process with minimal disruption so that adjacent equipment can be used during cleaning
  • Proprietary process designed to remove contaminants from autoclave chamber walls
  • Improved drying and heat transfer within chamber walls


Confidence and peace of mind are what result from our professional chamber cleaning service.

STERIS’s Autoclave Chamber Cleaning Service is designed to maximize your steam sterilizer’s performance and help you meet regulatory requirements. The proprietary STERIS Service process for autoclave chamber cleaning is performed by Medical Equipment Technicians who specialize in this service, and work around your schedule for your convenience - including off-hours and weekends to minimize disruption to your Sterile Processing Department (SPD).

How STERIS Autoclave Chamber Cleaning Works

As your trusted partner for quality healthcare equipment, STERIS’s experience in sterilization practices and autoclave maintenance provides a unique understanding of sterilizer performance, including the impact of accumulated minerals and other contaminants on the sterilization process. Over time and use, contaminants can accumulate on autoclave chamber walls from the incoming steam, causing discoloration, a hindered performance, and even contaminate sterilized instrument packs. The STERIS autoclave cleaning process is designed to remove contaminants, leaving you with a clean autoclave chamber and helping you meet regulatory compliance for annual chamber cleaning.

The process of STERIS Autoclave Chamber Cleaning includes:

  • Manual prep scrubbing
  • Cleaning process using Automated-Descaling and Passivation Cart*
  • Chemical process documented to be environmentally friendly using alkaline and acidic autoclave cleaning solutions.

Why STERIS Autoclave Chamber Cleaning?

Available for STERIS and non-STERIS autoclaves, STERIS autoclave chamber cleaning is a safe, thorough, and reliable solution, while keeping you compliant for annual chamber cleaning. STERIS autoclave chamber cleaning is performed by Technicians who specialize in this service.

STERIS Autoclave Chamber Cleaning offers:

  • Removal of most substances built up on autoclave chamber walls
  • Improved drying and heat transfer within chamber walls
  • Reduced contamination and rejected packs
  • Easier routine operator cleaning
  • Convenient hours that work around your schedule and minimize disruption during cleaning and return all equipment to service immediately afterward

*The Automated-Descaling and Passivation Cart process is available for many sterilizers, however, not all. In some cases a complete manual cleaning service is required.

Why do autoclave (sterilizer) chambers need professional cleaning?

Over time, minerals and other contaminants from the sterilization process accumulate on autoclave chamber walls from the incoming steam, causing discoloration, hinder autoclave function and even contaminate sterilized packs.

What do credentialing organizations advise for recommended chamber cleaning practices?

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) – AORN 2012 periOperative Standards and Recommended Practices for Sterilization pg. 561:

  • XV.a.Policies and procedures for routine cleaning of sterilizer chambers, carts, and exterior surfaces should be developed and implemented. The sterilizer manufacturer’s written instructions for cleaning should be reviewed and followed.

Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) – ANSI/AAMI ST79:2010 & A1:2010 & A2:2012, Section 9.4 Routine care of sterilizers

  • Sterilizers should be inspected and cleaned daily according to the manufacturer’s IFU
  • Weekly or other prescribed inspection and cleaning should be performed as specified in the manufacturer’s written IFU
  • Rationale: Periodic inspection and cleaning reduce the frequency of equipment malfunction and the risk of accidental contamination of sterile items

National Integrated Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations (NIAHO) – Interpretive Guidelines & Surveyor Guidance version 9.0 (1/15/2012), Physical Environment – PE 1 SR 2b

  • Equipment must be maintained to ensure an acceptable level of safety and quality
    • Maintenance strategies can be based upon manufacturer recommendations, risk considerations, industry practice, and/or hospital experience
    • Inventories that include maintenance strategies other than those recommended by the manufacturer must also reference a documented determination that explains how the alternate maintenance frequency was determined

What makes STERIS Autoclave Chamber Cleaning environmentally friendly?

The chemical process is documented to be environmentally friendly using alkaline and acidic solutions.

Healthcare Steam Sterilizers

  • Steam sterilizers (also referred to as autoclaves) are an essential part of the decontamination and sterilization process performed by sterile processing departments (SPD) in healthcare facilities
  • STERIS offers the broadest range of steam sterilizers and has a solution available to maximize department productivity and optimize workflow.

Preventive Maintenance Services for Healthcare Equipment

  • Regularly servicing your equipment with STERIS recommended preventive maintenance helps to extend the useful life of the equipment and minimizes equipment breakdown
  • STERIS OEM parts undergo industry standard reliability testing and are dependable

Steam Sterilizer Revive Program

  • The SecureCare® Steam Sterilizer Revive Program offers three flexible options to restore your sterilizer to peak condition
  • Budget Friendly Options
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