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Presaturated vs Dry Wipes in a Cleanroom

Pros and cons of using presaturated or dry wipes in a cleanroom

This is a recurring subject that is being discussed increasingly among cleanroom operators worldwide. And with good reason. This report gives an overview of various aspects and lists the pros and cons of presaturated wipes vs. dry wipes in combination with spraying.

One of the most prevalent requirements in relation to wipe material being used for disinfection purposes is that it must release liquid well and wet the surface evenly. Quality-related key features must be considered, particularly material condition and workmanship of the wipe manufacturing, any possible pretreatment (decontamination), extractable residues, the edge design, the cleanroom class in which the wipes are packaged/filled, and the packaging and sterility.

What is the correct wetting? When manually wetting a wipe with a spray bottle, it is that not every wipe can be wetted or saturated in the same way. The user plays a crucial role in this process. The assessment of a wipe being sufficiently wet, is always subjective and cannot be reproduced. So what is to do? And how can you protect your staff?

Also the handling of the products and bringing them into the cleanroom must be considered. If used separately, dry wipes and disinfectants (in the spray bottle, for example) have to be taken into the cleanroom separately. The process must be defined for each product; the packaging must be cleaned or wiped beforehand if necessary. With presaturated wipes, only one product needs to be taken into the cleanroom, thus giving an advantaged also in handling and logistics.

And what about the costs? Are presaturated wipes more expensive than dry wipes and disinfectant? At this point, a brief comparison of costs under normal market conditions is helpful. How we do this and more details to the facts above you will find in our CleanFacts Pro + Con: PRESATURATED vs. DRY WIPES