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How do I use electric files? And how do I clean them?

Q.

I’m looking for information on the safety of electric drills — specifically how to use them and sanitize them. Can you provide me the information?

A.

Let me recommend two websites. The first is aefm.org (The Association of Electric File Manufacturers). The site features a FAQ section that addresses much of the information you’re looking for. The second website is the “Knowledgebase Section” of kupainc.com (Kupa Inc.). Here, I’ve written some generic information on sanitation, how to practice safely and use the bits at the correct angle and speed. — Vicki Peters is vice president of the Vicki Peters Signature Series for KUPA.

 

Many professional product distributors nationwide have classes at shows. Some websites to check out for drill education are Drillclass.com (Medicool’s website) or Beautyskills.com (American Beauty Skill’s Alliance website). The bits used with an electric file are what need to be disinfected between clients. Arbor Bands or Sanding Bands are a single use product. Swiss carbide bits, carbide bits, diamond bits, pedicure bits, and silicone buffing bits can all be disinfected. They should first be cleaned of loose debris (using a wire brush for carbide and diamond bits, and a nylon brush for pedicure and buffing bits). Then, they should be fully submerged into a hospital-grade disinfectant for a minimum of 10 minutes. (Always check your state board’s rules on disinfecting.) — Steve Wallace is national sales and marketing manager at Medicool Inc.

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