Stainless steel equipment is a staple in GMP facilities, relied upon for its durability and resistance to corrosion. However, corrosion on stainless steel surfaces can still occur if proper cleaning and drying protocols are not followed diligently. Moisture and residual disinfectants left behind after cleaning can create a breeding ground for corrosion, compromising equipment integrity and performance. In this blog, we will delve into the importance of leaving stainless steel surfaces clean and dry to prevent corrosion and highlight how Foamtec’s MiraWIPE microfiber wiper excels in accomplishing this crucial task.
Understanding the Corrosion Threat: Despite its renowned resistance to rust and corrosion, stainless steel is not impervious to these risks. Leftover moisture and residual disinfectants, especially chloride-based compounds, can form a corrosive environment on the surface of stainless steel equipment. This corrosion gradually weakens the material, leading to pitting, staining, and potential equipment failure. To maintain stainless steel’s integrity and longevity, it is imperative to adopt cleaning and drying practices that eliminate moisture and disinfectant residues.
The Downside of Traditional Wipers: Traditional wipers, such as polyester or polypropylene, are commonly used in GMP facilities for cleaning and disinfection. However, they often leave moisture on stainless steel surfaces even after thorough rinsing. The presence of moisture, combined with trace amounts of chloride from disinfectants or sporicides, creates an environment conducive to corrosion. This ongoing issue has prompted the search for a more effective solution to prevent corrosion and extend the service life of stainless steel equipment.
The Game-Changing MiraWIPE Microfiber Wiper: Foamtec’s MiraWIPE microfiber wiper has emerged as a widely adopted solution in cleaning, disinfection, and rinsing SOPs for stainless steel equipment. The secret to MiraWIPE’s success lies in its design, specifically engineered to leave surfaces clean and dry. The ultra-fine microfiber material is highly absorbent and capable of effectively capturing and retaining moisture and contaminants. As a result, MiraWIPE leaves behind no residual moisture, eliminating the corrosion threat posed by other wiper materials.
Benefits of MiraWIPE Microfiber Wipers: MiraWIPE microfiber wipers offer several key benefits that make them the ideal choice for preventing corrosion on stainless steel equipment:
a) Optimal Absorbency: The microfiber material used in MiraWIPE wipers boasts exceptional absorbency, ensuring that moisture and disinfectant residues are effectively captured and removed from stainless steel surfaces.
b) Lint-Free: MiraWIPE wipers are the leading wiper used to maintain sub-ISO class 5 wafer processing chambers, so they will ensure the highest level of particle control in ISO 5 aseptic environments.
Conclusion: In GMP facilities, properly caring for stainless steel equipment is crucial to maintain its integrity and longevity. The battle against corrosion requires leaving clean and dry stainless steel surfaces after cleaning and disinfection procedures. Traditional wiper materials like polyester and polypropylene often leave behind residual moisture, creating an environment that promotes corrosion. In contrast, Foamtec’s MiraWIPE microfiber wiper has proven to be a game-changer in combating rust by effectively absorbing moisture and leaving surfaces pristine and dry. By adopting MiraWIPE wipers into cleaning and disinfection SOPs, GMP facilities can safeguard their stainless steel equipment, extend its service life, and ensure its continued performance in critical processes.
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