Monday, 20 April 2015

Key factors affecting cleanroom wipes


Cleanroom wipes are among the most important consumables in the cleanroom environment and are integral to the cleaning process in relation to removing contaminants.

To ensure efficient cleaning, cleanroom wipes must be able to absorb a wide range of surface contaminants in a relatively quick time and without themselves distributing further pollution in the form of particles, fibres, ions or microbiological contaminants

With wipes, there are several key issues:
  • The wipe must have a low bioburden or be sterile
  • The efficacy of the disinfectant when impregnated into the wipe should be known, since this could be less efficacious than the disinfectant in solution
  • The particle load and particle generation should be assessed, especially for wipes to be used in cleanrooms
  • The efficacy of the wipe on different types of surfaces should be understood
  • The wiping technique must be standardised 
In relation to this, Tim Sandle has written an article for the journal European Medical Hygiene. The reference is:

Sandle, T. (2015) Cleanroom Wipes, European Medical Hygiene, Issue 9, pp24-29

If you are interested in reading a copy, please contact Tim Sandle

Posted by Tim Sandle