Maintaining and Cleaning Your Test Sieve

How do I maintain the condition of my test sieve?

Although test sieves are sturdy and durable, they are a precision quality control tool that requires care in handling. Test sieves should be visually inspected regularly by the user.

What do I look for during a visual inspection?

  1. Dents in the mesh
  2. Scratches in the mesh
  3. Cracks in the epoxy (this can cause a loss of material when sieving)

How often should I clean my test sieve?

Test sieves should be cleaned after every use.

How should I store my test sieve?

Test sieves should be stored in a clean, dry, controlled environment.

How do I clean my test sieve?

  1. Turn the test sieve over a receiving pan
  2. Gently brush the underside of the mesh using a circular motion
  3. Gently tap the sieve frame with the brush handle to remove any particles that may cling to the frame
  4. Sieves can be washed in a warm water and mild detergent solution
  5. Allow adequate time for the sieve to dry before using the sieve

How do I clean my fine mesh sieves?

An ultrasonic cleaner can be used to dislodge fine particles that a brush cannot remove. The W. S. Tyler®, Ultrasonic Test Sieve Cleaner is specially designed to provide a safe and effective means for cleaning test sieves. The compact and portable standard unit operates on 110 volt, 60 cycle current. The unit requires little, if any, maintenance. The cleaner produces ultrasonic vibrations in a cleaning fluid bath, which cause contaminants to become dislodged from both the sieve frame and media. Vibrations up to 40,000 per second (40 kHz) are transmitted to the cleaning solution. Cleaning times range from 5-15 minutes. The unit will clean one 8" (200 mm) diameter full height test sieve. For more information on the ultrasonic cleaner, click here 


What utensil should I use to clean my test sieves?

Test sieves should be regularly cleaned with a soft brush in light, circular movements. You will want to ensure there are no bristles stuck in the mesh after cleaning. Technicians should take care to never press too firmly on the mesh to dislodge stuck particles, nor should sharp objects be used to clear blockages.

Test Sieve Cleaning Brushes

These brushes are made specifically for the cleaning and upkeep of all your test sieves. If used properly, they will not damage or hinder the performance or quality of your sieve. You can contact our customer service department to order your test sieve cleaning brushes.

What cleaner/soap should I use on my test sieves?

You can clean your sieves regularly with water after use. For particularly dirty sieves, you can clean your sieves with regular dish detergent and water. They should be allowed to dry thoroughly before the next use.

What should I NOT use to clean my test sieves?

  • Do NOT use air pressure to clean your sieves, this can damage the screen
  • Do NOT use heat to dry the sieves over 190 degrees Fahrenheit

How do I clean my test sieve stack from my sieve shaker?

You can clean your sieves regularly with water after use. For particularly dirty sieves, you can clean your sieves with regular dish detergent and water. They should be allowed to dry thoroughly before the next use.