As a GMP facility, maintaining cleanrooms is a crucial aspect in ensuring compliance with the latest regulatory requirements. With the recent contamination guidance contained in annex 1, it is now more important than ever to have the right tools to effectively clean and sanitize cleanrooms.
One of the most important tools in a cleanroom is the mop. However, not all mops are created equal and it is important to understand the ideal characteristics of a cleanroom mop that will help maintain compliance with regulatory requirements.
Firstly, a cleanroom mop should be made of materials that do not shed particles or fibers. This means that microfiber mops are the best option as they are constructed using tightly woven fibers that are less likely to shed or leave residue.
Secondly, a cleanroom mop should be able to effectively remove dried residues without leaving any behind. This is important as sporicides such as spork Lenz and bleach can leave residues that can lead to rust and rouge, which can compromise the cleanliness of the cleanroom.
Thirdly, a cleanroom mop should be ergonomically friendly so that the user does not experience strain. This will allow them to continue their work and retain their health.
Lastly, a cleanroom mop should be designed in such a way that it can be used with a variety of cleaning and sanitizing solutions. This is important as different solutions may be required depending on the type of contaminants that need to be removed.
The PharmaMOP® GO cleanroom mop system makes it possible for GMP facilities to adhere to the most recent (EU GMP Annex1) regulatory guidance through single-step cleaning and disinfection SOPs. Cleanroom floors, walls, ceilings, and windows see substantial increases in aesthetic cleanliness as a result of PharmaMOP GO’s simultaneous scrubbing, soil removal and disinfection cleaning agent application.
Cleaning effectiveness is increased by the ergonomic, lightweight, hands-free mopping technology. By removing the requirement for manual loading and unloading of mop heads from the handle, it reduces the workload for cleanroom housekeeping workers. Cleaning and disinfection SOPs for single-use and rinse-and-reuse are both compatible with the PharmaMOP GO mop system.
The cleaning surface of PharmaMOP GO Sahara+ cleanroom mop heads is made of two Sahara foam scrubbing strips that are joined together along the length of a ribbed microfiber/polyester fabric, with an absorbent foam that is completely encased and sandwiched to a polyester backing. While fresh disinfectant or sporicidal treatments are being applied, the specially constructed working surface scrubs and traps soils and residues. To meet the disinfectant contact time, the encased foam layer retains and distributes fluids uniformly. Production testing has shown that the PharmaMOP Go Sahara + mop heads lower viable and non-viable particle counts.
Quats, hypochlorite, peroxide, peracetic acid, phenolic, IPA-based cleaners, disinfectants, and sporicides are all compatible with PharmaMOP GO.
In conclusion, when selecting a cleanroom mop, it is important to look for a mop that is made of materials that do not shed particles or fibers, is able to effectively remove dried residues without leaving any behind, can be cleaned and sanitized effectively, and can be used with a variety of cleaning and sanitizing solutions. By doing so, GMP facilities can maintain cleanrooms in compliance with the latest regulatory requirements.
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