Cleanroom Shoe Covers: 3 Factors to Consider

Cleanroom Shoe Covers 3 Factors to Consider

Having the proper cleanroom shoe covers helps limit the number of contaminants entering your environment. Because operators themselves are the leading source of cleanroom contaminants, outfitting them with the proper disposable attire is critical. Not every environment requires the same type of cleanroom shoe covers, however. Ultimately, the best type for your company will depend on a number of different factors.

To decide which type of shoe covers is best for your cleanroom, take a look at the following key considerations:

Necessary Features 

In order to be considered cleanroom compatible, shoe covers must meet some specific requirements. For instance, basic fabric shoe covers might work for open houses and other general applications, but in cleanrooms, they’re liable to release fibers and compromise your environment. Shoe covers made from non-woven materials, however, are better suited for cleanrooms because they reduce particulate release.

Specifically, spunbound polypropylene is the go-to choice for shoe covers to be used in cleanroom settings. In addition to materials, you’ll also want to consider any other features your shoe covers may need, such as conductive strips. Conductive strip shoe covers are designed to reduce static and will help keep even your most static-sensitive cleanroom devices protected. Water and abrasion resistance are additional features you may need to consider, depending on the type of work performed in your environment.

Comfort & Fit

Donning a pair of shoe covers shouldn’t interrupt an operator’s workflow. Thus, you should seek out shoe covers with a slip-on design to make the process as convenient as possible for employees. It’s also helpful to have shoe covers available in a range of sizes, as your operators likely have different shoe sizes.

Additionally, clunkier shoe styles could make it difficult for operators to wear covers that are too small in size, so it’s always wise to keep larger sizes on hand. That being said, shoe covers that are too large (XL and up) for the wearers with smaller feet may leave too much extra fabric and increase the risk of slips or tears. Take a look at the measurements of the covers when placing your order to make an informed decision before purchasing.

Floor Surface

More than likely, your cleanroom likely has a smooth floor. When coupled with the fabric of shoe covers, smooth floors are notorious for causing slips. To keep your operators safe from slips and falls, you may want to consider shoe covers with added traction. In order to reduce slips, these shoe covers are specially designed with small strips on the sole for gripping the floor better than regular covers, or the entire sole is slip resistant.

They are available in a variety of seizes and are just as safe for use in cleanrooms as other options. Made from spunbound polypropylene, skid-free shoe covers are among the most highly sought-after options for cleanroom operators.


Harmony Business Supplies has a broad range of affordable cleanroom shoe covers available to meet your company’s unique needs. You can check out our extensive selection of shoe covers as well as additional disposable apparel online.

How to Breathe Properly with a Face Mask

How to Breathe Properly with a Face Mask

Breathe Safely with Face Masks

In many work environments, face masks are critical for keeping employees safe against breathing in toxins, contaminants, or other harmful particles in the air. While wearing one is second-nature for many associates, if you’re new to the practice, it can feel unfamiliar at first.

Ensuring a proper fit isn’t just essential to your comfort; it’s also critical to keeping you and your fellow employees safe and healthy. Here, we go over the basics of wearing face masks properly to ensure safe breathing.

1. Prep

One aspect of wearing a face mask properly begins before you even put it on. In order to prevent germ transfer in a cleanroom setting, you must first clean your hands using antibacterial soap to keep the mask sterile/clean. If there’s no hand soap within reach, use alcohol disinfectant instead.

2. Place It

face mask placement

Before bringing the mask up to your face, make sure you’re holding it so that it’s facing the right direction. The top portion of the mask should have a bendable edge, which you’ll fit against your nose for a secure seal. Additionally, either side of the mask should have ear loops, which, as their names suggest, will be placed behind each ear. The loops on ear masks are elastic and thus designed to stretch for a comfortable fit with all face shapes. There are also tie style face masks instead of elastic ear loop face masks.

Some face masks also have eye shields to protect your eyes from coming into contact with hazardous fluids or objects. The shield components of these masks should fully cover your eye area. These protective shield face masks also feature fog-resistant panes to ensure clear vision while you’re working.

Once you’ve secured the ear loops or ties, you may also wish to adjust the top edge so that it sits more comfortably and securely against your nose and face. Make sure both your nose and mouth are fully covered by the mask.

3. Double Check

After the mask is secure, check the sides of it for any escaped air. While most designs with ear loops prevent air from escaping, you may have to press the sides against your face with some types of masks for a snug fit.

4. Breathe THIS Way

inhale through your nose exhale through your mouth

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you can breathe with ease once your mask is secured firmly. Yet, it’s important to be mindful of your breath while you have your mask on, as there’s a certain way of breathing used by professionals who wear masks in clean environments. To ensure safe and comfortable breathing, inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Your nose is designed to trap any contaminants in your cilia (the tiny hairs within your nostrils) to prevent them from entering your body. The mouth is better for exhaling, as it helps you release all of your air more efficiently.

5. Remove with Care

Once you’re done wearing the mask, be careful to touch only the ear loops or ties as you remove it. Dispose of it in the designated receptacle and wash your hands again.
There are many styles of disposable face masks available for different applications.. To find the right option to suit your business’s needs, browse through our selection online.

Disposable Shoe Covers & You

disposable shoe covers

What are Disposable Shoe Covers for?

Disposable shoe covers are used in homes, hospitals, clean rooms and other industries. They are used by construction workers, food service personnel, plumbers, Doctors and Nurses, realtors, carpet cleaners and more.

The main purpose of Disposable Shoe Covers is to help prevent contamination.

In many hospitals, doctors and surgeons use disposable shoe covers when they enter the operating room; when they are done they just throw away the shoe covers. Similar practices are often involved in Industrial Clean Rooms. This whole process is conducted to keep the area pure and clean.

Just wearing shoes tracks germs into the area, it’s safe and easy to use disposable shoe covers to keep sensitive areas clean.


The Three Main Types of Disposable Shoe Covers:


HSC-RS-21.  Standard Disposable Shoe Covers


Standard Shoe Covers are made from spunbond polypropylene. These shoe covers are a good choice for critical environments, food handling, industrial mfg, construction and general maintenance. These are normally used in carpeted areas and in food service spaces. They help to prevent dirt, dust and germs from being tracked into the area and keep the area clean.


LIB15420-Parent-22.  Skid Resistant Disposable Shoe Covers

Reduce Slips! Non-Skid tread on the shoe cover soles provide extra traction and help to reduce falls. 100% spunbond polypropylene helps filter particulates for added contamination control in critical environments. Lightweight spunbound material makes these disposable shoe covers light, comfortable and protective.



T330ETH-PAR-23.  Water Resistant Disposable Shoe Covers 

Carpet cleaners, contractors and Medical Professionals all prefer to wear water resistant shoe covers. Seamless one piece design protects your shoes against liquids. Made from lint free polyethylene film, which is thicker than spunbond polypropylene for added protection. Low density polyethylene film keeps costs down while affording protection from water based liquids.


Why use Disposable Shoe Covers?

These days, disposable shoe covers are preferred over washable shoe covers. The main reason is that they are more hygienic as compared to washable shoe covers.

Studies have shown that even though you wash these shoe covers but still they are likely to have germs and bacteria. That could be very dangerous because these shoe covers are used in sensitive areas like operating rooms, cleanrooms, and food service areas. That’s why it is better to be cautious.

The material used for making these shoes could be of polypropylene, polyethylene and a mix of both, Microporous, Tyvek and other flexible materials.


Disposable shoe covers are used in settings such as commercial, healthcare, pharmacies, bakeries, estate agents, cleanrooms and many other industries. Disposable shoe covers can be used for clinical or industrial purposes and are normally used for carpets, tiled floors, medical centers, hospitals, cleanrooms, and food service areas.

No matter which type or style of these shoes you choose, they are very helpful in keeping the dirt and germs out of your homes, offices, and industries.

The best part about these shoes is that they are disposable. You don’t have to go through the process of washing them. Just use them and throw them off when you’re done!


Browse our great selection of quality disposable shoe covers here.

Not sure what type to disposable shoe cover to choose?

Get in touch with us and we’ll be glad to assist you!

Harmony Business Supplies

Food Safety, Practices & Disposable Apparel

Food Safety

Foodborne illnesses have been receiving more media coverage recently. This has led to greater public awareness and we all need to increase food safety training levels for employees working in the food industry. This is essential for food safety and public health.

It is not only a requirement to meet food safety regulations but also a responsibility towards end clients as well as the general safety of people.


Here’s how product contamination can be prevented:

  1. Ensuring food workers have an understanding of basic food protection practices: If employees understand food protection practices, such as staying clean and disease free, it goes a long way to prevent product contamination. Something as basic as hand washing prevents a range of complicated food borne illnesses. (Such as Salmonella typhi, Shigella species, shiga toxin-producing E. coli, or hepatitis A virus.)
  2. Ensuring no hair in food: It is important to acknowledge that hair in food is one of the most common errors in the food industry. While it is a human mistake, it is a potential source of microbiological and physical contamination. Wearing hairnets, beard covers and long sleeved smocks are essential.
  3. Ensuring minimal contamination as possible: It is not easy to completely eradicate contamination. This is because of microbes in the air that cannot be humanly prevented from entering food. However, employees can take key steps by wearing clean uniforms or disposable apparel. Keeping processing areas and utensils sanitized and not wearing jewelry that may fall into food.
  4. Keeping the food area disease free: Employees with flu or a cold should stay home. Coming to work sick can expose others at work and may contaminate food, leading to potentially much bigger issues.

Finger nails must always be clean and cut, personal hygiene maintained, and any illness reported. It is essential to equip employees with the correct personal protection products including food handling gloves, hair nets, beard guards (beard nets/covers) and face masks. Employers in the food industry must ideally provide a thoughtful and comprehensive training program.


Here are few things to remember when providing food safety training:

  1. Use of language

Employees may not share the same native tongue as the employer.  Instructions, practices, processes and procedures must be translated to a language they understand best. For example if the idea is to provide disposable gloves, it’s importance must be explained to the employee.

  1. Communication

Just like salary negotiations happen prior to employment, it is important to communicate proper and preferred hygiene practices at the same time. It is essential to be clear and precise. For example, the importance of wearing hairnets and beard covers must be fully explained to the potential employee.

  1. Reaffirmation

A reaffirmation of the proper hygiene practices is essential with periodic training programs as well as innovative approaches such as displays of signs with pictures of good practices. Again, language plays a major role here and the context must be placed in a multi-lingual manner catering to the employee’s known language.


Safe steps in food handling, cooking, and storage are essential to prevent food-borne illness. You can’t see, smell, or taste harmful bacteria that may cause illness. Keep food safety in mind for your employees, yourself, the consumer, and the general public.


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