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Why Every Cleanroom Needs a Cleanroom Notebook

In order to perform their intended function, cleanrooms need to be specially cared for and maintained. Used in industries such as manufacturing, technology, and the sciences, cleanrooms are controlled environments where airborne particles, fumes, and other pollutants are kept at specific levels in order to avoid contamination.

Maintaining such an environment in a way that keeps it free of contamination requires the use of special clothes and equipment, including cleanroom notebooks and paper that are designed specifically for use in such sterile workspaces.

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What Makes Cleanroom Notebooks Special?

Cleanroom paper needs to meet two criteria: It needs to be usable in sterile environments without introducing contaminants into the air, while also able to be used functionally in a regular office environment. Notebooks that are being used tend not to stay in one place; they move around and get taken to different rooms, depending on where they are needed.

While most people don’t realize it, bringing regular paper into a cleanroom environment is one of the easiest ways to contaminate it and de-sterilize the area. Regular paper is made of cellulose, or wood pulp and fibers, which gives off a large number of particles into the air. Though these particles are invisible to the naked eye, they are more than enough to compromise a cleanroom. The more a piece of paper is used, the more particulates it gives off.

Despite the dangers of bringing paper into a cleanroom, most people who work in one need something to write on. Since cleanrooms are often the site of experiments, product tests, and experimental development, it is essential for cleanroom workers to be able to record their thoughts and the results of their work in a convenient, timely manner. As such, specially-formulated cleanroom paper is an essential part of every cleanroom environment.

Unlike regular paper, cleanroom paper is made from special low particulate filler and latex-coated fiber. Whereas paper made from cellulose particulates very heavily with use, this specially treated cleanroom paper is designed to give off as few particulates as possible, allowing it to be used safely in sterile spaces.

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TexeWrite 22 from SNCO

Scientific Notebook Company’s TexeWrite 22 Cleanroom Laboratory Notebooks are the only notebooks on the market made from specially designed synthetic cleanroom bond stationery, making them a tool for taking notes in a sterile work environment. Additionally, each notebook page is sewn and bound with Mylar-sealed covers, and every notebook is cleaned and double packaged to ensure as few contaminants as possible are released through use.

If you work in a cleanroom environment and are concerned with maintaining the integrity of your workspace, then choosing the right writing tools is essential. Scientific Notebook Company understands the importance of cleanrooms and what it takes to keep them clean, functional, and uncontaminated by even the smallest particles.

Want to learn more about SNCO’s specially-created cleanroom notebooks? Contact us today at  800-537-3028 to speak with one of our representatives or to learn more about our special use products.

Keeping the Cleanroom Clean

Keeping the Cleanroom Clean

Cleanrooms are important in laboratories and industrial settings where there is a need to keep products or processes from becoming contaminated. Most have to meet detailed requirements about how many parts per million of contamination are acceptable. Special equipment is used in a cleanroom, and often those who work in cleanrooms have to wear protective clothing. They even use specially designed cleanroom notebooks to record notes and activities. Keeping a cleanroom clean requires extra care and preparation.

Contamination can come from many sources. The sloughing off of human skin, dirt that sticks to equipment or tools brought in, and dust carried on shoes or clothing all leave microbial deposits behind which can affect the cleanroom’s cleanliness.

Tacky rollers can be used on flat surfaces to trap these microbes, without sending them flying into the air. Once captured, the tacky roller can be cleaned outside the cleanroom. Other surfaces may need cleaning with wet wipes. Dry cloths can bring in their own microscopic fibers. They can also push dust around, rather than capturing it as a wet wipe would do. Wet wipes should be made of fine fibrous material so as to minimize shedding.

Dry vacuum the floor to remove dust and particles. Next, mop the floor with a sponge-type mop. String mops will leave behind too many fiber particles. Finally, use a wet vacuum to remove any traces of moisture and contamination. A floor scrubbing machine may be used, from time to time, if needed. Record cleaning activities in a cleanroom notebook as a means of controlling what is brought into the room and used there.