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      June 26, 2020

      Why are my tools rusting when using the Prevention™ HLD8 solution?

      There are a few different reasons why your tools may be rusting when using the Prevention™ HLD8 solution. Here are a few important things to remember:


      • Your tools should always be pre-cleaned using water and a detergent, rinsed with clean water and dried, before being placed in the soaking tray with the Prevention™ HLD8 solution.
      • Tools should be placed in the container to avoid overlapping. Interactions between different types of metal can cause the surface to rust.
      • You should never leave your tools soaking in the Prevention™ HLD8 solution for longer than 8 minutes. This excess exposure to the solution may lead to wear and tear on your tools over time As soon as the 8-minute soaking time has been achieved, you should remove the tools and rinse them with water, then dry them and store them in a sealed container until their next use.
      • The Prevention™ HLD8 solution should always be stored in a sealed container, out of direct sunlight, and away from any extreme temperatures.

      If you are following the directions for storage and use appropriately and you still notice rusting on your tools, this can be an indicator that there is a compatibility issue with your tools. Prevention™ HLD8 solution has been tested and found to be compatible with the materials listed below:





      Mild steel, Gold plated steel, Chrome plated steel, 302 stainless steel, 304 stainless steel, 316 stainless steel, 410 stainless steel

      High-density polyethylene (HDPE), PTFE (Teflon®), Polyester, Polystyrene, Polycarbonate (Lexan®), Polypropylene, Acrylic, Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), Nylon

      Neoprene, EPDM 42, Silicone Rubber, Viton-A, Polyurethane, Natural Rubber (Red)


      It is a good idea to check with your tool manufacturer for their suggestions or recommendations for cleaning and disinfection, as they may have experience with certain solutions or practices that they do or do not recommend for their tools.


      You may also find these resources useful:

      Prevention HLD8 Product Sheet

      Prevention HLD8 Efficacy Claims & Directions

      Prevention HLD8 Cleaning & Disinfection Protocol

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