To ensure the continued health and safety of medical staff and patients, Techno-Aide provides the following cleaning & care recommendations for all protective table pads. The recommendations provided within are meant to be a guideline based on manufacturing specifications and best practices. All recommendations are intended to increase safety by decreasing the risk of cross-contamination and extending the life of all applicable products.
Cleaning & Care of X-Ray Pads
Table pads require regular preventative maintenance and care to fully extend the life of the product. Techno-Aide recommends cleaning all heavy-duty pads between uses and anytime there is direct contact with patients and/or medical staff. The following cleaning recommendations should be followed as best as possible within facility guidelines and/or governing requirements.
How to Clean Table Pads
Clean and disinfect products regularly. It is recommended that facilities establish and strictly adhere to a cleaning and care schedule for applicable products. To clean and protect the surface of pads:
Step 1: Dampen a non-abrasive clean cotton cloth, microfiber cloth, disposable cleaning towel, soft-bristled brush, or otherwise preapproved porous sheet with cold or room temperature water and mild soap, detergent, or other approved cleaning substances such as Clorox hydrogen peroxide disinfectant, 409 with Anti-Bacterial properties, Revolution Scrubbles Apron Cleaner, Sani-Cloth AF3 Wipes, Rescue cleaning agents, and Sentinel II Disinfectant.
Step 2: Wipe clean entire product surface despite lack of any visible contamination or uncleanness as harmful micro-bacteria may not be apparent.
Step 3: Rinse disinfected areas thoroughly with a separate dampened cotton cloth, microfiber cloth, disposable cleaning towel, or otherwise preapproved porous sheet. Be sure to remove all cleaning solution entirely from product.
Step 4: Allow the product to sit undisturbed to allow proper drying. Drying times may vary by cleaning solution/compound used. Always follow manufacturer guidelines and recommendations. It is highly recommended to hang table pads vertically or horizontally and be allowed to sit undisturbed to properly dry.
What to Avoid When Cleaning Table Pads
- Do not allow products to go without regular cleaning and preventative maintenance.
- Do not machine launder, autoclave, or dry-clean.
- Do not use abrasive and caustic chemicals and/or cleaners such as bleach, bleach alternative, petroleum-based cleaners, chlorinated solvents, ether, and aliphatic or aromatic hydrocarbons.
- Do not allow cleaning solutions to pool or sit longer than recommended by the original manufacturer.
- Do not soak or submerge any product in either water or chemical solutions for any length of time.
Properly storing table pads is a critical way to maintain the integrity of any product and helps ensure the continued safety of patients and medical staff. The following storage recommendations should be followed as best as possible within facility guidelines and/or governing requirements.
How to Store X-Ray Pads
Techno-Aide recommends all table pads be stored carefully and securely on designated storage racks or equivalent storage units. It is highly recommended to hang table pads vertically or horizontally on appropriate storage racks and/or shelves between uses. Store table pads in a cool and dry location, and always close and secure any closures, extensions, and/or accessories a product may have when storing between uses. Store table pads unstacked, or no more than two identical products stacked at a time, in a low-traffic area when not in use.
What to Avoid When Storing Table Pads
- Do not store table pads folded or creased.
- Avoid storing table pads in direct sunlight.
- Avoid storing table pads in environments with excessive temperature fluctuations or extreme degrees, hot or cold.
- Do not store table pads with any closures, extensions, and/or accessories hanging loosely and unsecured.
- Do not stack or store table pads with heavier products on top.
- Avoid stacking table pads more than two of the identical product at a time.
Initial Inspection & Testing
To be eligible for Techno-Aide's limited manufacturer warranty, products classified as table pads must be inspected upon receipt by the customer before being put into service or used in any non-testing imaging environment. Techno-Aide requires issues or product concerns to be submitted within 10 business days upon receipt of the initial delivery. Techno-Aide may require photographs, radiographs, or any other visual representation of customer concerns to approve and process any exchange and/or return.
Please note, due to shipping requirements table pads may be received with "wrinkles", "creases", "crevices", and/or other "fabric grooves." Economy vinyl table pads and table pads over 2" in thickness are the most susceptible to permanent and long-term "wrinkles", "creases", "crevices", and/or other "fabric grooves" that may show up during imaging. To work out and/or remove "wrinkles", "creases", "crevices", and/or other "fabric grooves," Techno-Aide recommends the table pad lies flat and sit undisturbed for 48-72 hours before use in any imaging environment.
Table pads may contain materials not safe to dispose of through standard trash services. Any product that contains lead and/or certain chemicals must be disposed of properly and adhere to local and federal safety guidelines. Please consult directly with the proper authorities regarding local regulations and requirements governing your facility.
For any questions regarding specific product disposal or custom table pads, please contact us toll-free at 1-800-251-2629 during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM CST) or email customerservice@Techno-Aide.com anytime. Techno-Aide is committed to developing and manufacturing excellent quality products, and we'd love to help you find the right x-ray pad for your needs today.