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Clean Room Gloves and Clean Room Wipes

Clean Room Gloves and Clean Room Wipes

When it comes to clean rooms, cleanliness is of paramount importance. Most clean rooms have HVAC systems, humidity controls, and strict gowning regulations to help keep the room clean, and control the number of particulates. Furthermore the use of proper gloves and wipes can also help ensure your clean room is at the appropriate level of cleanliness.
It doesn't matter if you are manufacturing microprocessors for computers or if you are creating penicillin in a state of the art pharmaceutical clean lab, you'll most likely be wearing gloves in the clean room. Although there are many kinds of gloves one of the most common types of gloves are those that are made of vinyl. These gloves aren't that comfortable because they are rigid, trap heat inside, and prevent moisture from escaping. On the upside, vinyl gloves are very affordable and they are static dissipative.

The next option is natural rubber latex, which is by far the most common glove on the market. Latex gloves are durable, cost efficient, and easily manufactured. Alternatively, some people may have a potential allergic reaction to these gloves, and if this is the case vinyl or nitrile gloves are recommended.

Nitrile gloves are constructed of synthetic rubber. Nitrile gloves are quite strong and offer excellent puncture resistance as well as being static dissipative. Known for their dexterity, comfort, and being allergy friendly, nitrile gloves are also a great choice.
Another step you can take to keep your clean room up to standard and functioning correctly is by wiping down surfaces with wipes. Like gloves, there are many different wipe options and it is important to choose the right type of wipe depending on the application.

Absorbency is one of the most prominent factors when choosing a wipe. The amount of absorbency is based the material the wipe is constructed of and type of contamination the wipe is picking up. The rule of thumb when it comes to wipes is that "like absorbs like."

Polyester wipes are great at absorbing alcohols, fuel, oils, and gasoline because they are petroleum based. Adversely, because they are petroleum based, they aren't very effective at absorbing water based contamination which is a job best suited for natural fiber constructed wipes.

Cleanliness of the wipes is also a deciding factor, as the wipe can be a potential source of contamination though shedding. Cleaner wipes tend to shed less but also aren't as porous for absorbing contaminates. Alternatively, more porous wipes leave behind more fibers and residues and are also more fragile.

There are many types of gloves and wipes, and it is important to choose the right tools for the right application.