Efforts to go green in a controlled environment range from large to small. Something as simple as using a washable sticky mat can have a huge effect.
Cleanrooms require a large amount of energy and resources to function properly, which can make it difficult for environmentally-conscientious managers to make their facilities more eco-friendly. We’ve discussed some ideas about recycling and modular cleanrooms as they relate to going green, but there are certainly smaller-scale steps you can take, too. One example is considering washable sticky mats.
Sticky mats remove particulate matter form casters, wheel carts, and shoes before they enter a controlled environment. The mats come in various sizes and styles. Peel up sticky mats are sometimes changed as often as every couple of hours. The amount of polyethylene one facility is putting into a landfill adds up quickly with pull up mats. Washable mats, however, are easy to care for, very effective, and last years.
Washable sticky mats are changed as often as needed depending on the number of people who walk over it and the overall cleanliness of the area. You don’t need a frame for a sticky mat, but it does make it easier to remove the mat without leaving adhesive residue on the cleanroom floor. Frames can simply be laid on the floor, held in place with double-sided tape, or even permanently affixed to the floor.
Cleaning this kind of mat is simple. You mop the top of the mat using a high-quality detergent, squeegee the excess water off, and then when the mat has finished drying, it will be rejuvenated. The mats are resistant to most chemicals, unaffected by gamma or x-rays, and with proper maintenance, will regenerate 100% for 2-4 years.
In addition to the eco-friendly benefits, you save money reusing these mats. Every step you take towards a green cleanroom, no matter how small, has a significant impact on your footprint.
When it’s time for cleanroom validation or certification, Gerbig provides all the services and expertise you need. We’ve been working with cleanrooms for thirty years, and we know what you need to be compliant. Gerbig also manufactures softwall and hardwall cleanrooms. Let us know how we can help you succeed: 888-628-0056; firstname.lastname@example.org