Performance demands on cleanroom garments

Cleanroom garment of recommendable quality has to meet very high requirements, both technical, e.g. abrasion resistance and low particle contamination, and functional, in terms of wearing comfort and employee acceptance.

Humans are an unavoidable component in the running of cleanrooms – thus special cleanroom garments are essential. Unlike conventional work clothes, these special garments do not contaminate a cleanroom with particles. What’s more, they hold back the numerous particles emitted by humans every second. To ensure this, cleanroom garments must satisfy numerous criteria.

Technical requirements for cleanroom garments
  • No inherent particle emission
  • Reduced abrasion (smooth fabric)
  • Particle retention capacity in accordance with the respective cleanroom class
  • No electrostatic chargeability
  • Cleanroom-compatible finishing (seams, zips, etc.)
  • Completely decontaminable and sterilisable
  • High resistance to wear

A frequently underestimated requirement: wearing comfort. When solely the technical characteristics of cleanroom garments are concentrated upon, an element decisive to successful production can be completely overlooked: the people. Cleanroom garments possessing little wearing comfort or an inadequate fit, negatively influence the concentration and performance of the wearers. Employee acceptance also suffers, and this can easily lead to operational errors.

Modern cleanroom garments consist of reliable high-tech fibres. The fabric must be an effective particle barrier while also being air and water vapour permeable. Intelligent design and workmanship also improve the wearing comfort of cleanroom clothing.

Suitable undergarments have a tremendous influence on comfort and can also contribute to particle retention. For this reason, undergarments should always be taken into account in the creation of a cleanroom clothing concept.