Cleanroom Disposables 101

Consumables in the Cleanroom

You should acquire the right cleanroom disposables for your controlled or sensitive workplace. The correct apparel will prevent the contamination and subsequent compromise of the equipment and products in the environment.

Under ideal circumstances, you should acquire apparel to cover the entire body to minimize the risk of pollution and promote optimal worker protection. However, it is also important to evaluate the specific needs of your commercial, industrial or medical operation.

Here is a practical guide on the essential disposable apparel for your cleanroom or other controlled work environment.

Cleanroom Gloves

TechniGlove Nitrile Cleanroom Glove
TechniGlove Nitrile Cleanroom Glove

Disposable cleanroom gloves are designed to facilitate contamination control in the workplace. These are essential for your environment if you need to guarantee sterility of areas such as laboratories and cleanrooms.

When choosing your gloves, you should consider the workplace needs in terms of glove sterility, hand sizing and allergy concerns. You will find a range of sterile, latex and nitrile gloves online at Harmony.

Cleanroom Gloves are disposable gloves designed and clean-processed for contamination control and sterility required work environments including cleanrooms, laboratory and ESD work areas.

Minimize sub-micron particle contamination by using gloves designed and manufactured for Cleanrooms.

Cleanroom Coveralls

Premier Pro SMS Blue Coveralls with Hood & Boot
Premier Pro SMS Blue Coveralls with Hood & Boot

Disposable coveralls provide whole body protection, minimizing contact with contaminants. Coveralls are ideal for use in your workplace if you are involved in processes such as mixing chemicals, spraying liquids and handling particulates.

When purchasing your cleanroom coveralls, you should compare the benefits of using a standard coverall versus choosing apparel with attached hood and boots.

Disposable Coveralls provide protection from chemicals and particles in cleanrooms, laboratories, production environments, and more.

Cleanroom Lab Coats & Cleanroom Frocks

Premier Pro Blue SMS Frocks
Premier Pro Blue SMS Frocks

Cleanroom lab coats, frocks and jackets are perfect for protecting workers against soiling and controlling workplace contamination. There is a range of cleanroom disposables in this category, and you can choose the most suitable in terms of material, apparel size, general design and features like pockets.

Whether you are interested in low lint apparel for general industrial application or microporous coats for cleanrooms, you will find suitable products at Harmony.

Disposable lab coats and frocks offer protection without having to worry about laundering. Simply wear one and dispose of it properly after each use.

Frocks and lab coats are frequently used in industrial applications such as cleanrooms, laboratories or medical settings.

Cleanroom Shoe Covers

Polyethylene Coated Large White Shoe Covers

Shoe covers are essential products for protecting specific spaces against contamination due to particles lingering on shoes.

If you have a controlled work environment such as a medical facility, cleanroom or pharmaceutical operation, you can invest in heavy-duty shoe covers. There are also light-duty shoe covers for general uses like open house attendance.

These products can be used for an amazing array of applications, from preventing dirt accumulation from repairman and open houses to more demanding jobs in cleanrooms, medical facilitates, pharmaceutical environments, food processing and industrial spaces.

Cleanroom Boot Covers

Cleanroom Boot Covers
Keystone ISO 5 Cleanroom Boot Covers with Skid-Resistant Sole

Work boots are often needed in workplaces such as laboratories, processing operations and cleanrooms for worker protection. However, these can increase workplace contamination.

Disposable boot covers are designed using tough material for resilience, and the opening is elastic for a close fit. You can also choose fluid-resistant and skid-free covers for optimal performance.

Keep dirt and dust out of work spaces and keep employees safe while moving about your lab, cleanroom or work area. 

Avoid cross-contamination by keeping boots clean with disposable boot covers.

Cleanroom Face Masks

Cleanroom Face Masks
Ultraguard Blue Cleanroom Face Masks

Cleanroom face masks are crucial for protecting the work environment and the worker from contamination.

When shopping for face masks for sensitive applications such as research facilities, medical manufacturing and laboratories, you should choose disposables with ear loops and cleanroom rating for optimal protection.

If you work in a cleanroom, you know that one of the most important elements of cleanliness and safety within that environment is protecting your body and the area from contamination.

Wearing cleanroom masks can make a critical difference, but not all masks are the same. They will help protect the environment from contaminants from your mouth and body.

Cleanroom Beard Covers

Cleanroom Beard Covers
White Polypropylene Cleanroom Beard Covers

Disposable beard covers are designed to prevent the contamination of critical work areas by loose hairs from the beard. These cleanroom disposables are indispensable in laboratories and food processing operation.

It is important to note that the wrong beard covers can be uncomfortable. Therefore, ensure that your chosen products are lightweight and breathable.

Disposable Beard Covers prevent loose hairs from falling into food or critical/sensitive areas. Help keep your work environments clean and safe.

Cleanroom Arm Sleeves

Cleanroom Arm Sleeves
Keyguard Microporous 18″ Cleanroom Arm Sleeves

Sleeve protectors or disposable arm sleeves provide an additional layer of shielding against workplace hazards.

These cleanroom disposable will create a reliable shield over bare skin and clothing sleeves against chemicals and particles. The sleeves are made using a range of materials, including polypropylene, microporous, Kevlar and polyethylene.

Disposable sleeve protectors (or arm covers) are used as another layer of liquid or chemical barrier protection for the forearm. Protective sleeves can be worn over bare skin or over clothing.

Cleanroom Bouffant Caps

Cleanroom Bouffant Caps
Cleanroom Polypropylene Bouffant Caps

Bouffant caps are necessary for a range of workplaces, including food processing, pharmaceuticals and laboratories. The caps will prevent hairs and other particles from contaminating products and equipment.

Moreover, the apparel keeps hair from the neck and face. When shopping for bouffant caps, look for breathable products.

There are many industries when wearing a cap is mandatory, including food processing, electronic, pharmaceutical, medical, science labs and general industry.

These caps help to prevent minute particles from reaching products or equipment. In addition, they effectively keep hair out of your eyes and away from your work area.

Cleanroom Wipes

Cleanroom Wipes
Cleanroom Wipes

Cleanroom wipes are not the same as regular wipes. These products have low levels of lint to prevent particle contamination in the workplace.

Also, these products are softer to guarantee that sensitive devices and equipment are not damaged. Moreover, you can choose wipes with higher absorbency and resistance to chemicals and abrasion.

Like the cleanrooms themselves, cleanroom wipes have different classifications to be used in corresponding cleanrooms.

Choose cleanroom wipes that are produced in cleanroom environments, to ensure the highest possible quality.

Cleanroom Swabs

Cleanroom Swabs
TekniSwab 5″ Paddle Tip Microfiber Cleanroom Swab

Cleanroom swabs are high-quality precision swabs designed for use in critical environments. Unlike standard swabs, these cleanroom disposables provide residue-free performance.

Therefore, they will not leave particles which would contaminate your sensitive space. When choosing cleanroom swabs, you should check the sizing, shaft materials and tip design.

Cleanroom Documentation

Cleanroom Documentation
Cleanroom Notebooks

Write, print, and photocopy in clean environments. Without worry of paper particle or pen ink contamination. Keep your area clean of paper contaminants.

Writing, photocopying and printing in clean workplaces can be challenging because of the potential of ink and paper contamination.

Therefore, if you are working in a sensitive environment, you must purchase cleanroom documentation products. You will find ideal products for your needs, including notebooks, pens, sticky notes and clipboards.

Cleanroom Copy Paper
Cleanroom Copy Paper

If you are looking for cleanroom disposables for your commercial, industrial or other operation, consider looking for quality products from Harmony Business Supplies. You will find the full range of protective apparel and other essential items for your cleanroom and critical environment at affordable prices.

Pail Wipers vs Bagged: What’s the Difference?

Pail Wipers vs Bagged: What’s the Difference?

Pail Wipes & Bagged Wipers

The cleanroom wipes we know today are an evolution of baby wipes. Indeed, pre-wetted wipes used for baby care needs existed long before the cleanroom industry designed their own pre-saturated wipes. While the general concept behind the two products is the same, the difference lies in wipes’ composition and solution. To be used safely in critical environments, cleanroom wipes are made from materials like polypropylene and polyester, resulting in low particle generation and non-abrasive qualities.

Cleanroom wipes are saturated with isopropyl alcohol (IPA) to help technicians clean work areas quickly.

There are two main options for purchasing presaturated cleanroom wipes: small packs, and pails (which contain a much higher quantity of wipes). Aside from the number of wipes each option contains, there are some other key differences among the two packages. Let’s take a closer look to determine which option will best suit your needs.

PACKS OF PRE-SATURATED WIPERS

Packs of Pre-Saturated Wipers

Bags of wipers are available, holding about 50 wipes. To retrieve a wipe, the user  opens the seal, which covers the hole into the package. The stacked layout of the wipes and resealable seal work together to minimize evaporation.

Cleanroom wipes are also available in flex packs, which also have stacked wipes. However, instead of opening a sticker seal, the user opens the interlocking bag (resembling a sandwich bag) to retrieve a wipe. If an entire pack of wipes is to be used over the course of a few days, the wipes will likely retain sufficient moisture.

PAILS OF WIPERS

Pails of Wipers

In addition to bags, pre-saturated wipers are also available in pails. The pails hold more wipes: some hold 150 cleanroom wipes while other pails house as many as 600. The advantage of this packaging lies in the fact that the lid creates a tight seal, which helps to prevent against evaporation.

Advantages of Pre-Saturated Cleanroom Wipes

Using a pre-saturated wiper improves cleaning performance & consistency. Anyone who has used a squirt bottle to dispense alcohol for cleaning knows how tricky it is to dispense just the right amount.  Overly wet wipes will simply saturate the surface and spread contamination further. Using wipes that are too dry may hinder your ability to attract contaminants in the area. A key feature of presaturation is precise saturation of the solvent. This provides optimal particle and contaminant removal and solvent usage as well as increases consistency of critical component cleaning.

Clean Up Right w/ Presaturated Pail Wipes & Bagged Wipers

If you’re working in a cleanroom environment where wipers are only used to clean up spills every now and then, small packs of wipers may suffice. Yet, for everyday cleaning needs, most technicians prefer to have a large supply of fully-saturated wipers on hand. For this reason, along with the cost savings, cleanroom wiper pails are the leading choice in many companies.

Harmony Business Supplies has a large selection of cleanroom wipes available to meet each company’s unique needs. Shop online through our inventory or contact a product specialist for assistance.

 

An Overview of Cleanroom Wipes

An Overview of Cleanroom Wipes

An Overview of Cleanroom Wipes

Maintaining a cleanroom or controlled environment requires the use of products and tools designed specifically for these areas. When spills and contamination occur in these critical environments, your employees should be able to have cleanroom wipes within reach for the most effective and convenient cleaning possible.

Here, we’ll provide a basic overview of cleanroom wipes to help you determine which type your organization needs most.

 

Why Are Cleanroom Wipes Needed?

Sources of Cleanroom Product Contamination (Source: www.cemag.us)
Sources of Cleanroom Product Contamination (Source: www.cemag.us)

To understand why it’s imperative for cleanroom wipes to be used in certain environments, it’s helpful to first have an understanding of cleanrooms. A cleanroom is any sensitive environment in which the amount of pollutants must be monitored and kept to a minimum. Pollutants can include substances found naturally in the air, such as dust, microbes, particles, and even certain vapors.

Cleanroom environments are classified according to the number of particles (sized .5 micrometers or larger) allowed per cubic meter. For instance, to be classified at ISO 6, a room must have 35,200 particles or fewer per square meter; but an ISO 4 cleanroom can only have 352.

Cleanrooms are used in a broad range of industries, including pharmaceuticals and aerospace semiconductor engineering. They’re also used in manufacturing for medical devices, computer components like microchips, optics, and military applications.

To sustain the appropriate cleanroom classification, employees who work in these highly sensitive environments must follow stringent procedures on a day-to-day basis. Everything from their attire to cleaning techniques must follow a specific protocol to facilitate contamination control. Thus, using the proper cleaning materials is integral to keeping the number of pollutants down in a cleanroom.

 

How Are They Different from Ordinary Wipes?

Teknipure ESD Polyester Knit Cleanroom Wiper
Teknipure ESD Polyester Knit Cleanroom Wiper

Cleanroom wipes aren’t like ordinary wipes because they’re made differently. They feature lower levels of lint to protect against contaminants, and some boast higher levels of absorbency, resistance to chemicals and abrasion, and in general, better cleaning capabilities. They’re also softer, making them safe for use on sensitive equipment.

Like the cleanrooms themselves, cleanroom wipes have different classifications to be used in corresponding cleanrooms. For instance, many cleanroom wipes are compatible with ISO class 6 or higher. Likewise, the wipes are also produced in cleanroom environments, to ensure the highest possible quality.

 

What Are Advantages of Cleanroom Wipes?

Cleanroom wipes are handy for quickly wiping down a surface in a cleanroom environment after a spill or contamination has occurred. Some are made to handle specific cleaning solvents, such as IPA, and other types of solutions. Using cleanroom wipes allows your teams to disinfect surfaces while also ensuring sterilization and reducing the levels of endotoxins present in the environment.

 

What Are The Types of Cleanroom Wipes?

There are a few different factors to consider when seeking out the best cleanroom wipe to suit your needs. We’ll walk through each, below.

Types of Cleanroom Wipe Border/Edge Seals

Cleanroom Wipers have sealed edges to prevent particle and fiber generation and provide a clean wipe. Cleanroom wipes can have a sealed border, a sealed edge, or a cut edge. The level of fiber and particle release will depend on your wipe seal. Note the difference in sealing the border around the wipe (most clean) or just the wipe edge (most common).

Cleanroom Class 1-10 (ISO 3-4):

Sealed Border

Sealed Border wipers are the cleanest & best performing choice for your most critical tasks. Maximum cleanliness and fiber control.

A proprietary process using pressure & heat is used to create a border seal for optimum fiber and particle retention, resulting in a 5mm Ultrasonic Border Seal around the border of the wipe.

Cleanroom Class 10-100 (ISO 4-5):

Sealed Edge

Sealed Edge wipers are exceptionally clean and a common critical task wiper. The difference over border seals is that only the edging of the wipe is sealed instead of a border around the edge of the wipe. A Laser Sealed Edge is provided on all sides for maximum fiber and particle retention. A Ultrasonic Sealed Edge involves a process using pressure & heat to create an ultrasonic seal for fiber and particle retention. Ultrasonic Sealing is superior to Laser Sealing as it results in a softer edge, and lower carbon levels.

Cleanroom Class 100-10,000 (ISO 5-7):

Hot Knife or Laser Sealed Edge

Knit (Woven) Wipers

Light weight with a Laser Sealed Edge to provide effective contamination control in critical environments and offer the best value. Low levels of contamination and superb particle removal and retention make this the ideal wiper where economical and effective cleaning is required. Most economical critical use knit wipers.

Non-Woven Wipers

Excellent absorbency and particle removal in controlled environments. Commonly used in many general cleaning applications. Higher levels of fiber and contaminants than knit wipers. Excellent choice for economical cleaning & spill pick-up. These non-woven wipers have Hot Knife Sealed Edges.

Woven (Knit) Vs. Non-Woven:

Teknipure MicroFiber Cleanroom Wipe TC2MFUW
Teknipure MicroFiber Cleanroom Wipe TC2MFUW

Woven cleanroom wipes

Dry-knitted and considered to be the cleanest type. They’re often made from polyester and may be safe for use in classes ISO 4 or 5. Woven cleanroom wipes are strong, non-shedding, soft, and highly absorbent. They can even be gamma irradiated for enhanced sterility to support lower microbiological endotoxin levels.

TekniZorb Polyester/Cellulose Cleanroom Wiper TZ1PCS1-99
TekniZorb Polyester/Cellulose Cleanroom Wiper TZ1PCS1-99

Non-woven cleanroom wipes

A more economical choice for less-critical environments. They, too, are strong and low-linting. The wipes made from polypropylene/cellulose blends are resistant to acids and many other types of chemicals. Non-woven wipes are also supremely soft and thus safe for use on sensitive equipment.

 

Wet Vs. Dry:

TekniSat PreSaturated Cleanroom Wiper TS2PUI70Z-99
TekniSat PreSaturated Cleanroom Wiper TS2PUI70Z-99

Wet, or pre-saturated wipes, are already moistened with a cleaning solution such as isopropyl alcohol. The moisture levels in wet wipes may support their ability to capture pollutants, as they facilitate a stronger bond to contaminants.

Dry wipes, too, can retain particles, but without a cleaning solution, they must be strong enough to wipe up the spilled material on their own to be effective. However, cleaning solvents can be used with dry wipes separately, affording the user a better ability to achieve their desired level of saturation.

While wet cleanroom wipes boast convenience, dry wipes may be more versatile. Ultimately, both serve unique purposes and choosing which is better for your application comes down to personal preference.

 

What Are Some Best Practices for Using Cleanroom Wipes?

To get the most from your cleanroom wipes, it’s important to train employees on using them correctly. Here are some helpful tips to be mindful of:

  • Follow a Schedule: Cleanroom wipes are only effective for reducing particles if they’re being used for regular cleaning in addition to wiping up spills. To maintain sterilized surfaces, proper cleanings should be performed daily. Thus, it’s helpful to encourage your employees to closely follow a routine. While cleaning standards may vary by level, keeping track of cleanings by documenting them can be helpful in any industry and cleanroom class.

 

  • Fold Wipes: Folding wipes in half or even in quarters allows users to get the maximum use out of their surface area. Using an entire wipe to clean just one small area is wasteful, so to stretch your budget ask employees to fold wipes and then clean each space with a different side. You really shouldn’t use an un-folded wipe. Fold it at least once or twice for the most effective wipe!

    Quarter-Fold to get the most out of your wipes!
    Quarter-Fold to get the most out of your wipes!

 

  • Don’t Reuse: While folding extends the capacity of each wipe, it’s imperative to avoid spreading contaminants. Develop a specified technique which all employees should use to avoid cleaning multiple surfaces with the same wipe. Don’t risk cross-contamination by going back and forth between clean and dirty areas.

 

  • Moisten Appropriately: Finally, if you’re not using pre-saturated cleanroom wipes, make sure the wipes you use are neither too wet nor too dry. Overly wet wipes will simply saturate the surface and spread bacteria further, while using wipes that are too dry may hinder your ability to attract all of the contaminants in the area.

Whichever type of cleanroom wipe you select for your needs, Harmony Business Supplies has the perfect solution for you. You can view our vast selection of cleanroom wipes online now, or get in touch with a product specialist to learn more about identifying the proper type to support your business needs.