Category Archives: Cleaning & Disinfection

New Swab Guide


Swabs are standard in the cleanroom industry, playing vital roles from surface sampling to precision cleaning and tackling those tricky recessed areas where contamination often hides. Our Lab-Tips® Cleanroom Swabs are designed with versatility, offering the highest quality standards and unmatched precision across a diverse range of cleanroom and industrial uses. Discover how our swabs [Read More…]

What are the advantages and disadvantages of quats?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of quats?

What are the advantages of quats? The advantages of quats make them a top choice for cleaners. Quats have excellent wide-spectrum germ-killing ability, film-forming residual, low toxicity and corrosivity, are simple to use, have a good shelf life, work in various pH ranges, are highly concentrated, have no odor, and are safe on most surfaces. [Read More…]

Is Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (quat) a superior alternative to bleach?

Is Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (quat) a superior alternative to bleach?

Bleach is a widely recognized household solution consisting of sodium hypochlorite and water. This powerful oxidizing agent can corrode or disintegrate most metals and can produce toxic chlorine gas when combined with acids or other chemicals. Additionally, bleach has a corrosive and bleaching effect on various materials and can cause skin, eye, and respiratory irritations. [Read More…]

What are quat cleaners?

What are quat cleaners?

Quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs), also known as quats, are widely used as cleaners and disinfectants in the food industry. They have a permanent positive charge that binds readily to the surfaces of most microbes. QACs are effective at concentrations ranging from 200 to 400 ppm for various food-contact surfaces and remain stable and effective for [Read More…]

The Stages of Effective Cleanroom Surface Cleaning


Everyday surface cleaning is critical in various environments such as cleanrooms, pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and veterinary clinics to prevent the spread of contamination. Each of the six cleaning stages helps an operator focus on a critical aspect of effective surface cleaning, from preparing the surface for thorough cleaning by removing debris to destroying [Read More…]

Guide to Cleaning a Cleanroom Surface

Cleanroom Wiping How Many Passes

To ensure a cleanroom stays uncontaminated, following standard operating procedures for proper hand hygiene, garbing, gloving, and personnel activity before entering the cleanroom is crucial. Refer to IEST-RP-CC027: Personnel Practices and Procedures in Cleanrooms and Controlled Environments. When selecting the appropriate cleanroom wipe, consider various factors, such as size, material, and edge type. To evaluate [Read More…]

Quick Fundamentals on The Best Prewetted IPA Wipes


Pre-wetted IPA wipes are handy for contamination control activities in all types of cleanrooms and clean processes. They combine the correct wipe substrates with the appropriate amount of cleaning liquid, making it a convenient delivery system for wiping environmental surfaces such as benchtops, counters, carts, trays, and process equipment. IPA is commercially available in high [Read More…]

VersaQuat one-step ready-to-use cleaner and disinfectant


Are you seeking a quick, effective, and convenient solution for contamination-controlled and general institutional or industrial cleaning? Berkshire’s VersaQuat one-step ready-to-use cleaner and disinfectant can help. Offering broad-spectrum efficacy, with no strong odor, harsh chemicals, or toxins, learn how this disinfectant can help keep your environment contamination-free. Featured Products

70% Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA)


Discovering the Benefits and Best Practices of Isopropyl Alcohol Isopropyl alcohol, or isopropanol or IPA, is the most universally used cleaner, sanitizer, and disinfectant in various fields ranging from pharmaceuticals, hospitals, medical device manufacturing, and cleanrooms to electronics and industrial manufacturing. However, different solution types, purity grades, alcohol concentrations, and types of alcohol can result [Read More…]