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Is it okay to clean the second stages in diluted baby sterilising stuff?

If yes, should I just let them soak or should it be a quick shake in the mixture?

If no, what do others do to keep them clean?

I also seem to remember from somewhere, that the second stages shouldn't be allowed to soak unless under pressure. Is this right?

All advice apprecaited, ta.
 

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Erm...I use a hose with fresh water.

You are right that they shouldn't soak unpressurised however - but only if you have the first stage lower thn the second, or in the water. Basically what you don't want is water getting up your hose and into the first stage.
 

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Keep them clean??? No comprende :D

Soak in fresh water is all they need. If you need to sterilise (like you dropped the unit in dogshit at stoney) I would remove the mouthpiece and sterilise then re-fit. I doubt a weak milton would harm the 2nd, but personally I wouldn't chance it.

I don't bother with pressurisation to soak, but as Lou says keep the water out is the key.

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Thanks Lou. I was thinking more of all the little beasties that fester in the mouthpiece & workings of the 2nd stage. I recall reading somewhere (always dangerous) that they can live for ages.

Get your point about water creeping up the hoses, ta.
 

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Get a packet of virkon. It's inert and kills just about anything without damaging what is being dunked but is harmless to humans (within reason). It's about £1.50 a pack from agricultural/equestrian shops.

As others have said though, why bother? My 15yr old Apeks T40 has hardly had a rinse nevermind sterilising.

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I tend to leave my second stages in a weak solution of Milton for a short period (10 mins or so) probably once a year when I flush out my bcs & wings with the same stuff. Done it for ages and doesn't seemed to have buggered anything. Keeps me happy anyways.

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I don't think I'd bother other than a hose off to remove the salt. If it can live in seawater AND tap water it won't survive drying out in air.

I have trigene to clean the works of the rebreather (reputedly similar to the Buddy-clean stuff sold by APD) as once you've drained off the glop that collects in the exhale side counterlung you really want to use something chemical on it (that stuff came out of ME???). I suppose I could use that if I thought the systems had been badly contaminated.
 

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I usually take and bring back my kit in its assembled state. For the last year, when I get home after a dive I get a bucket of warm water and dump regs, SPG's and my FFM in the warm water - I believe it stops the crudding up more than cold water will. After that, everything gets a quick hose down.

Prior to this I just used to hose the kit down. As for bugs, what 'kin bugs? Are you a rough tough diver or not? You'll look even harder if your lips have rotted away like mine.

F*ck*ing bugs indeed ................. that's girly thinking that is!!! :):):):)
 

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I personally wouldn't use any baby sterilising stuff, miltons kills the bacteria using chlorine. You might aswell dip your kit in the swimming pool if you want chlorine on it.....
Yes but sterilising stuff isn't full of piss, toe nails, plasters, clumps of hair and dead fauna etc etc!!!

I can confirm I was exceptionally glad to be wearing an FFM at the last pool sessions I went to - eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyuk!!!
 

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Ultrasonoic bath.

You can buy these for as little as £20, but Maplin do a nice one for £39.
Chuck it all in and zap for 30 secs. Clean as anything.

Very good for hose/drysuit nipples etc. gets all that salt out.
 

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Ultrasonoic bath.

You can buy these for as little as £20, but Maplin do a nice one for £39.
Chuck it all in and zap for 30 secs. Clean as anything.

Very good for hose/drysuit nipples etc. gets all that salt out.
OK for de-crudding but not too good at bug mangling .......... unless they live on the crud ............. the other bugs are fine??

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Yes but sterilising stuff isn't full of piss, toe nails, plasters, clumps of hair and dead fauna etc etc!!!

I can confirm I was exceptionally glad to be wearing an FFM at the last pool sessions I went to -
the pool looks very diffrent when wearing scuba gear - you have more time to see what is there..... not nice

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I've never de-bugged my own scuba gear and never caught anything nasty but then I am Spartacus and very hard. A nice swill with the hose pipe does the trick.

Actually, I never sterilized my babies' bottles either and two boys are now strapping men with good immune systems. You don't dip your nipples in milton so why dip rubber teats in the stuff? Oh I'm rambling here. Turning into Finless... we were prolly separated at birth or summat.

I will admit to washing my wetsuit and boots (and punters' suits &boots) in disinfectant but that was because we had weed in them and they were smelly.
 

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Dove off sunny South shields last week and ended up chewing a many legged beastie at 24m, stupid thing was it sat there for over 20 minutes before it decided to come visit. As for the milton I cant see a problem....weve cleaned fire service Breathing Apparatus with this and similar for years without issue, but in all hoesty mine have had nowt than a quick hosing!
 

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You don't dip your nipples in milton so why dip rubber teats in the stuff?
No, not mine, but lady nipples in wine ............ or chocolate ............. or jam ................. or lager ...................... or ..................... :drool:

It's a good thing I'm only thinking this and not typing it out!
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Oh I'm rambling here. Turning into Finless... we were prolly separated at birth or summat.
No need to say it as if it's a bad thing! :frown:

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