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    What the best method? Wouldn't water rust my cuffs? I just want to disinfect them because of the perp I had last night. Should I just Lysol it?

  • #2
    Lysol is ok, hand sanitizing gel is ok, a solution of bleach in water is ok. If you use the bleach in water, I would dry and oil afterwards. BTW, handcuffs are just dirty things. If youre going to clean them after every single scuzzy crook youre going to be doing a LOT of cleaning. I would reserve that for bodily fluid/blood type encounters.
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    • #3
      I spray mine down with non-chlorinated brake cleaner every so often to clean all the crap out of them.

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      • #4
        I blast mine with Lysol once a week or if they come in contact with body fluids. Otherwise I disinfect them at the end of the work week and lubricate as necessary to ensure the handcuffs are functioning properly.
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        • #5
          I cleaned mine when they got dirty.............other than that............never worried about them.


          My last pair was 20 yrs old when I retired and worked perfectly

          ^^^^ for much of that time I used them approximately 100 times a day

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          • #6
            Go to the hospital ER and grab a tub of the disinfecting wipes that EMTs use to wipe down their equipment after transports. The stuff at all our hospitals requires the user to wear gloves because the chemicals are strong enough to give rashes. The wipes kill damned near everything including Hepatitis and HIV. Once you wipe them down and they air dry, put them back in the pouch and you're good to go.

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            • #7
              Lysol and Lysol wipes are your friend. Bleach won't harm them every now and then, but keep in mind bleach is the enemy of stainless steel: it causes them to rust so don't use it often. Alcohol (like Lysol) is fine.

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              • #8
                Our jail has lysol wipes in the booking area. The booking deputies wipe off my cuffs before they hand them back to me. If I'm lucky, they set the cuffs down before they wipe them and I can grab them and wipe them myself. I figure by then they are doing all the work and I'm just standing around. Bottom line is that my cuffs get wiped down every time they come off.

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                • #9
                  I don't normally clean them, unless I get blood or something on there. I'm not a fan of wipes, because you can't really get into the nooks and crannies with wipes. When blood gets on those bad boys, I go to a hospital and do the following:

                  1. Obtain tub.
                  2. Obtain 1 gallon of hospital-grade disinfectant stuff.
                  3. Submerge cuffs in HGDS for approximately 10 minutes.

                  Hopefully, nothing is gonna survive that.
                  Last edited by Chomp; 03-21-2012, 10:06 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Hmmm. Never thought of cleaning mine. Not once in over 20 years. Just a drop of break free in the ratchet from time to time.

                    Eeeewwww. The germs!!!!!!
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                    • #11
                      I had a bad exposure & boiled mine. Afterwards I oiled them & had no problems.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 1042 Trooper View Post
                        Hmmm. Never thought of cleaning mine. Not once in over 20 years. Just a drop of break free in the ratchet from time to time.

                        Eeeewwww. The germs!!!!!!
                        Never got the all bloody in 20 years?
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Iowa #1603 View Post
                          I cleaned mine when they got dirty.............other than that............never worried about them.


                          My last pair was 20 yrs old when I retired and worked perfectly

                          ^^^^ for much of that time I used them approximately 100 times a day
                          Originally posted by yellowreef View Post
                          Never got the all bloody in 20 years?
                          Nope....................I sprayed them with Bleach water a few times when I really got them bloody but other than that.............NOPE


                          When I got a desk job, once a day I ran them thru the ratchet .............when I got dressed which kept them "exercise"---but like I said for most of my career I used my daily many times..............never needed to do much to them

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                          • #14
                            You can always try and switch them out with booking when you drop someone off.

                            I've heard that works...

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                            • #15
                              Maybe, I just don't ever remember cleaning them - must have I guess, just never thought about it.
                              Originally posted by yellowreef View Post
                              Never got the all bloody in 20 years?
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