If you’re looking for a new building or thinking about an expansion, then medical gas might be the right solution for your business. Not only will it be more convenient and safe for your employees and customers to have natural gas as an option but it can also save you a lot of money in the long run. To have medical gas connections and fittings installed in your building is not cheap, however, and this is why many businesses only install them when they are expanding or planning to do so soon. You probably won’t want to spend thousands of dollars on the installation now just to use those fittings again once you expand unless you plan on doing so very quickly afterwards. There are many different fittings that come with a medical gas system including shut-off valves, check valves, pressure regulators, and pressure relief valves as well as many others. They all need cleaning after being installed which is why we’re going to take you through how to clean copper fittings for medical gas so that everything is ready for use that much sooner!
What You’ll Need
There are several items that you’ll need to clean copper fittings for medical gas including cleaning solution, a bucket or container, mask, gloves, and a scouring pad or scrub brush. You’ll also want to make sure you have a power drill to ensure that you can get down into the crevices between the joints, a wire brush, a vacuum, and a degreaser or solvent. If you’re removing paint or rust from the joints, then you will also need a rotary shaving disc, sandpaper, and an orbital sander. Since you’ll be working with cleaning solution and chemicals to clean the joints, you’ll want to make sure you have a mask on and gloves on while you’re doing it to protect yourself from any chemicals that might be harmful.
How to Clean Copper Fittings for Medical Gas
The first thing that you should do before cleaning copper fittings for medical gas is to make sure they are completely dry and clean of any residue. If they are not dry, then you run the risk of water getting into the joints and causing corrosion. This means you should clean off any residue that might still be on the fittings and make sure they are completely dry before moving on to cleaning. You can use a degreaser or solvent to clean the fittings once they are dry and ready for cleaning. Simply spray the solvent on the fittings and let it sit for a couple of minutes before scrubbing away any residue and grime that might still be on them. If there is any paint or rust on the fittings, then you can use a rotary shaving disc to remove it. Be careful not to scratch the copper while doing this. If there is any residue from the cleaning solution or degreaser, then you can use sandpaper to scrub it off. Just be careful not to scratch the copper while doing this. You can also use a vacuum to suck the debris off the fittings.
Tips for the Best Results
- Make sure the fittings are completely dry before moving on to cleaning them. Any water getting into the joints could cause corrosion.
- Use the right kind of cleaning solution to clean the fittings. Make sure it is safe to use on copper.
- Use different abrasive materials when you need to remove paint or rust from the joints. You can’t use sandpaper to remove paint or rust.
Use an Acid Dye and Bleach Solution to Clean Copper Fittings
If you need to dye a joint that has been cleaned with acid, then you can use an acid dye and bleach solution to do so. First, mix up a solution of 3 parts water and 1 part bleach. Then, dip a cotton swab into the solution and clean the joint until it turns blue. Let the joint dry completely before installing it.
Use Rotary Shaving Discs to Remove Paint and Rust
If there is paint or rust on the joints, then you can use rotary shaving discs to remove it. Make sure you are using a disc designed to remove paint and rust. Simply attach the disc to a power drill that is set to a low speed and then carefully run the disc along the surface of the joint. Any paint or rust that is on the joint should fall right off. Once you have finished cleaning and removing any paint or rust from the joints, then you can move on to cleaning them with a degreaser or solvent to remove any residue left behind. Make sure you are using a degreaser or solvent that is safe to use on copper.
Use Sandpaper to Remove Any Remaining Residue
If there is any residue left behind from the cleaning solution or the rotary shaving disc, then you can use sandpaper to scrub it away. Again, make sure you are only using sandpaper that is safe for use on copper.
Now you know how to clean copper fittings for medical gas. These fittings need to be cleaned and prepared for use once they are installed in a building. You can use an acid dye and bleach solution to dye a joint that has been cleaned with acid or you can use rotary shaving discs to remove paint and rust from the joints. You can also use sandpaper to scrub away any remaining residue left behind.