Brush up on the top must have cleaning brushes for your veterinary practice

An effective cleaning process is one of the most important aspects of ensuring effective and safe sterilisation of your instruments and devices. Additionally, bioburden such as blood can damage your instruments which is another reason as to why each instrument is cleaned properly after each use.

To enable efficient cleaning and disinfection prior to sterilisation you need the right detergent and the right tools for each individual instrument or device. Your instruments all vary in shapes and sizes so it’s vital to use the right shape brushes for optimal cleaning efficacy. And remember:

“An instrument can be clean without being sterile, but it can’t be sterile without being clean”

We have created a list of some of the top must have basic cleaning brushes and some examples of the instruments that these can be used for:

Toothbrush style – Designed to reach fine surfaces of devices such as retractors and the textured surfaces of forceps

These brushes are available with both nylon and stainless-steel bristles. We recommend using a stainless-steel brush for serrations or box joints, but avoid using stainless steel brushes for insulated or coated instruments as this can damage the instrument.

black handle brush

Channel style – Used to clean instruments and devices with a lumen or a channel

Bioburden can build up inside cannulated instruments and devices which can damage both the instrument and the patient. It is important to choose an appropriate diameter brush for your cannulated instruments. If the brush is too small, it will not clean effectively and if it is too large it can damage the inside of the instrument.

• Pipe cleaner – Great for removing moisture and residue from the inside of cannulated instruments
• Endoscopy channel cleaning brush – Ideal for cleaning the channels of both rigid and flexible endoscopes as well as cannulated instruments and devices
• Double ended cleaning brush – ideal for laparoscopic instruments

General style – For cleaning larger surfaces of instruments such as retractors and instruments with box locks.

Remember to regularly inspect your cleaning brushes. Any brushes with damaged bristles should be replaced to ensure efficient instrument cleaning.
Some instruments may require specialist brushes, please contact for the full instrument cleaning brush range.

Unsure about what cleaning brush to use? Check out our “Instrument Cleaning Brush Selector”