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Sporicide FAQ

  • Q. What Are Sporicides?


    A. Sporicides are specialized disinfectants designed to eliminate bacterial and fungal spores, as well as vegetative microorganisms and viruses. They are used in cleanrooms and controlled environments to maintain sterility and prevent contamination. Sporicides are often comprised of potent chemicals like peracetic acid and hydrogen peroxide.

  • Q. Why Are Sporicides Necessary in Cleanrooms?


    A. Cleanrooms are controlled environments where even minute levels of contamination can have significant consequences. While other disinfectants like IPA cleaner and 70% isopropyl alcohol are effective against bacteria, they may not be sufficient to destroy resilient spores. Sporicides are thus essential for comprehensive microbial control.

  • Q. What Should Be Considered When Selecting a Sporicide?


    A. When selecting a sporicide, consider its spectrum of activity, efficacy, and compatibility with the surfaces in your cleanroom. It's also crucial to ensure that the sporicide is compliant with regulations such as the Biocide Product Regulation (BPR). Always consult the product’s Safety Data Sheet and ensure that proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like gloves and safety glasses are worn during application.

  • Q. How Are Sporicides Applied?


    A. Sporicides can be applied using various methods, including spraying and wiping. However, best practices recommend the use of impregnated wipes to limit health and safety corrosion effects. Dry wipers and polyester swabs can also be used for application, especially in hard-to-reach areas.

  • Q. Are There Any Safety Precautions?


    A. Yes, safety is a critical concern when using sporicides. Always wear appropriate PPE, including gloves, safety glasses, and cleanroom garments. Make sure to consult the Safety Data Sheet for specific safety instructions.

  • Q. How Often Should Sporicides Be Used?


    A. The frequency of sporicide use should be determined based on environmental monitoring data and risk assessment. Sporicides should be part of a rotation program with other disinfectants to prevent microbial resistance.