Cleaning for “Ultra-Clean” Facilities
- Only HEPA vacuums, and similarly equipped equipment will be used
- Agreed upon written cleaning instructions will always followed
- Entering a Clean Room will only be done while wearing agreed upon clean clothing
- Only agreed upon cleaning equipment will be utilized
- Only the necessary tools, and cleaning supplies, will be allowed in to the Clean Room; no cleaning carts or trash barrels
There are different levels of Clean Room contamination, and over the years, much has been written and discussed about Clean Room cleaning, but the fact is that it’s the business’s responsibility to decide exactly what level of contaminants, if any, is perishable. And, to that end, it’s absolutely critical that all Clean Room cleaning schedules, and cleaning procedures, be established in writing, and that those Clean Room cleaning rules are followed explicitly, for each and every cleaning.
It’s not only critical that the business’s rules be followed ”to the letter”, but also that each member of the cleaning staff is made fully aware of why those rules exist, and their importance. There is always the possibility that a circumstance may arise that’s not clearly covered by a designated cleaning rule, and in those cases it’s imperative that the “on the job” cleaning staff understand that erring on the side of less contamination, is always correct, and that their ability to do that directly relates to their success on the job.
Additionally, all cleaning staff working in Clean Rooms, must be educated to all possible source of contamination, if only to be able to report back the business, the existence of any possible Clean Room contamination, ether now, or possibly in the near future, if such a condition isn’t corrected. Alertness to these types of issues is a key part of the job of those given the responsibility for Clean Room cleaning.
Sources for possible Clean Room contaminations are:
- Particles coming loose from walls, floors and ceiling
- Undefined air particles and/or vapors
- Loose or dirty air conditioning filtration
- Loose of flaking paint and/or other coatings
- Construction material, such as dry wall and construction dust/debris
- Unknown liquids flowing for leaks or other sources
- Unprotected skin conditions, allowing skin particles and/oil to enter the Clean Room
- Airborne aromatics such as cosmetics, lotions and perfume
- Saliva allowed which comes in contact with walls, floors or other equipment
- Lint and fiber that have come loose from clothing and/or cleaning equipment
- Loose hair, and dandruff particles
- Metal, fiber and plastic particles that become free from equipment due to excessive wear
- Equipment that begins to excessively vibrate due to wear, other failure
- Particles that become airborne either from, or agitated by, cleaning equipment such as mops, dusters, brooms or other
- Oils, grease, and other lubricants that have been allowed to leak, or come free from equipment
- Miscellaneous unknown particulates in the air
- Organic mater or organisms, such as insects, mold, bacteria, and/or moisture of any type
- Loose, flaking or deteriorating wall, ceiling or floor coatings
- Cleaning solution and chemical residue that’s been left behind
- Loose particles, chips or flakes of silicon, quartz or other raw materials used in the manufacturing process
- Any and all other debris
Call SolSource Janitorial for your Clean Room cleaning proposal today; you’ll be glad you did!