18 Jul

Clean-Wipes

I wanted to disuss the topic of Clean-Wipes which are also refered to “Wipers”.  This is actually a lengthy conversation, which will probably continue in some future blogs.

The above images pretty much represent what came to mind when I thought about this topic.  The selection of wipes available to us is somewhat overwhelming.  With that said, I will provide specs for what I consider to be standard size and use wipes.

Depending on the application, Wipers are typically made from 100% continuous filament polyester double-knit interlock fabric. The unique textile technology as compared to a roll of Bounty, gives wipers superior capacity with a quick sorption rate. Cleanroom wipes are acutally laundered to minimize particles and fibers from cut edges.

Premoistened wipers, as pictured on the top left,  are designed for environmentally sensitive areas. They are ideal for wiping optical parts, delicate glassware, electrodes, cuvettes, microscopes, and lenses.

Sterile wipers are made for aseptic environments where bacteria and particulate extractable levels are of critical concern.  The are also refered to as Spec-Wipes.   The are made of a highly absorbent 45% polyester, 55% cellulose blend that is hydroentangled to also minimize fiber and particle generation. Mechanically bonded without the use of chemicals and sterilized by gamma irradiation to a Sterility Assurance Level of 10–6 in accordance with ANSI/ISO/AAMI guidelines.

As mentioned earlier, I intend on continuing this blog after doing a little more research.  For those of you who use a form of wiper on a daily basis, I welcome your imput.

Stephen Gonshorek