The importance of cleanroom sanitation cannot be overstated. This sole purpose is predicated on the fact of being totally sanitary and free of contaminants. This helps create an absolutely stable work environment where employees can handle sensitive equipment and material. Naturally, when cleanrooms don’t abide by the strict standards and protocols put in place, the consequences can be quite serious. Oftentimes, a breach in protocol can result in the loss of a significant amount of time and money.
Whether you are working with data centers, biochemical facilities, pharmaceutical manufacturing, submicron environments, or some other industry that requires absolute sanitation, cleanroom cleanliness is of the utmost importance. As a commercial cleaning company with decades of cleanroom cleaning experience—PMC actually wrote the scope and protocols for cleanroom cleaning in the mid-1960s—we can handle all of the cleaning services required to maintain a safe controlled environment. In today’s blog, we would like to share with you some general information on cleanrooms.
How Clean Are Cleanrooms?
Although it’s safe to say all cleanrooms are clean, not all are at the same level of clean. Different industries and organizations are held to different standards depending on the materials, methods, and industries they serve. The International Standards Organizations (ISO) ranks cleanrooms in classes, which go from Class 1 to 9, whereby the lowest number is the most meticulously cleaned environment.
To get an idea of this scale and how measured the cleaning is, consider this: an ISO Class 8 cleanroom will never have more than 3,520,000 particles greater than 0.5 microns in size per cubic meter. For reference, the end of a human hair can measure somewhere between 60 to 100 microns in size.
Additionally, for pharmaceutical facilities, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) along with the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) administer the guidelines, standards, and protocols.
How Are Controlled Environments Kept So Clean?
The cleanroom cleaning equipment and supplies required can vary depending on individual standards. As we mentioned, the microbiological cleanliness level for each controlled environment will depend upon the specific class of cleanroom. However, regardless of the environment, this will likely include rigorously following specific protocols, procedures, techniques, and standards. At PMC, for example, we begin by consulting with the facility’s management team to review specifications, standard operating procedures, and the most effective ways for monitoring and maintaining the environment. We then utilize our experience, expertise, and industry-leading technology to build a schedule for maintaining cleanroom standards.
How Can I Find Cleanroom Cleaning Services?
Cleaning cleanrooms is difficult and it is a task that should not be taken lightly. With the stakes so high, it is of the utmost importance to have your cleanroom cleaned by professionals you can trust. If you are in need of this service, we at Pacific Maintenance Company are more than ready to help you out. We service a range of facilities and controlled environments—including semiconductor manufacturing, cleanrooms, data centers, submicron environments, and more. And we are able to tailor our services to meet a range of cleanroom cleaning protocols.