Replacing the water in your laboratory water bath with Lab Armor beads can significantly reduce contamination risks.
Lab Armor beads are eco-friendly, low-maintenance metallic beads with excellent thermal conductivity.
Use Lab Armor beads in specially designed bead baths, in ice buckets, or in a select group of non-circulating water baths with a depth between five and eight inches.
With proper care, Lab Armor beads can provide a lifetime of service be that incubating samples, thawing media, or keeping reagents chilled on the benchtop.
Lab Armor beads need to be maintained with periodic cleaning every few weeks.
The manufacturer recommends the following steps to cleaning Lab Armor beads.
1. Remove the beads from the bath or bucket
2. Wash the beads with a mild dish detergent
3. Clean the beads with water
4. Spray beads with 70% ethanol
5. Dry the beads completely
It cannot be overstated the importance of drying the beads before putting them back into use.
Reheating damp or wet Lab Armor beads will degrade the finish as seen in this image.
When the Lab Armor bead finish is compromised, the thermal stability is affected and they cease to be slippery, which makes them harder to pour and manipulate.
Other suggestions for proper care and cleaning of Lab Armor beads:
1. Do not use strong acids, bases, or bleach solution
2. Do not use any strong corrosive detergent
3. Do not autoclave Lab Armor beads