How to Clean Your Podiatry Vacuum Drill in 5 Steps

A quick checklist for podiatrists using the Micro-Air vacuum drill

One of the greatest benefits of the Micro Air drill is that it has a powerful vacuum collector that evacuates dust hanging in the air. This leaves your clinic cleaner, safer and more pleasant for both you and your patients. Having said that, it’s still important to clean your drill regularly to avoid clogging and get the heavy duty debriding expected from this workhorse of a machine.

Here are a few steps to follow when it’s time to clean your Micro Air drill:

  1. Use a  damp (not wet) cloth and mild cleaning or disinfecting solution (no Cidex-type liquids) to wipe the handpiece and control unit. * The handpiece should never be immersed in liquid.
  2. Remove the bur from the nose cone.
  3. Insert the cleaning bur (provided with the drill) or a pipe cleaner into the nose cone to remove any dust that has accumulated in the chuck. *The nose cone should never be immersed in liquid.
  4. To open the dust bag compartment of your Micro Air drill, turn both black knobs on the drill from 90 to 180 degrees.
  5. Remove the dust bag from the compartment and replace it with a new bag. *Dust bags should be replaced when they are ¾ full.

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