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Improving Rust and Rouge Elimination Protocols in GMP Cleanrooms with Foamtec’s Stainless Steel Remediation Process

by | May 5, 2023

Cleanrooms are specialized environments designed to maintain a high level of cleanliness by controlling the level of airborne particles and microorganisms. GMP Cleanrooms are used in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device manufacturing, where product purity and quality are paramount. In such environments, even a small amount of contamination can lead to product defects and compromise the safety of the final product.

One common issue in GMP cleanrooms is the formation of rust or rouge on stainless steel surfaces. Rust is a common problem when stainless steel is exposed to moisture and oxygen. Rouge, conversely, is a red-brown deposit that can form on stainless steel surfaces when exposed to halide-containing germicides and sporicides, commonly used in cleanroom cleaning protocols.

*Scotch-Brite™ particles found in a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility with rust/rouge starting to form.

Traditionally, Scotch-Brite™ and other industrial abrasive pads have been used for rust remediation in cleanrooms. However, these abrasive pads are prone to shedding large fiber particles and collecting contamination generated during polishing. This can lead to an increased risk of particle contamination in the cleanroom and the need for more frequent cleaning cycles.

Before and after of stainless steel workstation rust removal with Foamtec’s UltraSOLV ScrubPADS.

Foamtec UltraSOLV ScrubPADS offer a superior alternative to traditional Scotch-Brite™ pads. These cleanroom abrasive pads are designed to eliminate the need for particle-generating Scotch-Brite™ and reduce the risk of particle contamination in GMP cleanrooms. Unlike Scotch-Brite™, UltraSOLV ScrubPADS do not shed large fiber particles and collect contamination generated during the polishing process onto the face of the pad. Instead, these pads contain contamination on their surface until they can be removed with the UltraSOLV sponge.

Combining the UltraSOLV ScrubPAD with the UltraSOLV sponge and MiraWIPE makes rust remediation tasks much faster and cleaner than traditional passivation protocols. The UltraSOLV sponge is designed to work with the UltraSOLV ScrubPAD and can effectively remove contamination from the pad’s surface, ensuring that the pad is clean and ready for reuse. MiraWIPE, on the other hand, is a low-linting, non-shedding wipe that can remove any remaining particles from the surface after the rust remediation process.

In conclusion, Foamtec UltraSOLV ScrubPADS offer a superior alternative to traditional Scotch-Brite™ pads for rust remediation in GMP cleanrooms. These cleanroom abrasive pads are designed to eliminate the need for particle-generating Scotch-Brite™ and reduce the risk of particle contamination in cleanrooms. Combining the UltraSOLV ScrubPAD with the UltraSOLV sponge and MiraWIPE makes rust remediation tasks much faster and cleaner than traditional passivation protocols. Using UltraSOLV ScrubPADS, cleanroom operators can ensure that their cleaning protocols are efficient, effective, and safe for the final product.

Scotch-Brite™ Vs. ScrubPAD Fiber Generation Comparison Demo

https://img.foamtecintlwcc.com/video/video-files/scrubpad-vs-scotchbrite-particle-generation.mp4

UltraSOLV ScrubPAD

https://www.foamtecintlwcc.com/products/vacuum-chamber-cleaning/abrasive-pads-and-accessories/scrubpad

UltraSOLV Sponge

https://www.foamtecintlwcc.com/products/cleanroom-sponges/foam/ultrasolv-sponge

MiraWIPE Cleanroom Microfiber Wipes

https://www.foamtecintlwcc.com/products/cleanroom-wipes/microfiber/mirawipe

* Scotch-Brite™ is a trademark of 3M Corporation.