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For a clean India

Cleanrooms in laboratories and hospitals need to be absolutely clean and germ-free. If contaminations are not regularly eliminated, they can cause great harm. Normal cleaning regimes are not sufficient to achieve this and highly specialized cleaning technologies are required. With their latest innovations, Freudenberg Gala Household Product and Vileda help to maintain the high cleaning standards needed for cleanrooms – as currently in India.

With our technologies at Freudenberg, we are accompanying India’s development towards establishing a routine of cleanliness.

Business Development Manager at Freudenberg Gala Household Product India

India needs to be cleaner. Known locally as “Swacchh Bharat”, the government’s “Clean India” initiative has been influencing attitudes to hygiene and cleanliness in the country for some time. This includes always keeping rooms in hospitals and laboratories clinically clean.

“There are still major fundamental problems with cleanliness in this country”, explained Prasad, Business Development Manager at Freudenberg Gala Household Product India. “People need to be educated early on about the need for increased cleanliness. With our technologies at Freudenberg, we are accompanying India’s development towards establishing a routine of cleanliness.” The campaign is having an impact. The market for cleaning equipment in India is growing and growing.

Microscopic pockets of impurity

By increasing cleanliness in cleanrooms, the initiators of the campaign hope to bring under control the causes of infections, such as dirt particles, liquids, bacteria and viruses. For hospitals and laboratories, this means that cross-contamination will be prevented in future and patients better protected against new infections.

To achieve this, cleaning methods need to be found that can even remove particles in the micrometer range, such as dust particles no greater than 0.15 microns (1 micron = one thousandth of a millimeter). By way of comparison, a human hair has an average diameter of 60-80 microns. It is important that cloths are able to completely capture these tiny particles and not distribute them around the room.

However, it is not just the structure of the cloths that plays an important role in cleaning cleanrooms. Other utensils, such as mops and buckets, need to meet high demands in terms of materials and manufacture to ensure that they do not become sources of dirt themselves. For example, they should not have any hard-to-reach cavities that may allow microorganisms and dirt to accumulate. The material – often stainless steel and plastic – must be resistant to both abrasion and cleaning agents. Ideally, cleaning equipment needs to be easy to handle, save resources and protect the environment.

A clinically clean technology

In India, special cleaning products have recently come into use, which meet all these requirements. Freudenberg Gala Household Products India has launched the “3 Bucket Trolley” onto the Indian market. The trolley carries all the utensils needed for the cleaning of cleanrooms and surfaces in hospitals, laboratories and pharmaceutical production.

With Vileda microfiber cloths, even microscopic residues can be removed. These are often a breeding ground for dangerous viruses and bacteria. Together with effective cleaning agents, this new technology significantly reduces germination rates in cleanrooms. The trolley not only saves detergent and water, but also time. However, this comes at a price. The trolley costs Indian customers almost as much as a small car. But it is a good investment in the health and cleanliness of an entire country.

  • Cleanrooms are used for special technical processes in the semiconductor industry, optics and laser technology, aerospace engineering, life sciences and nanotechnology, medical research and treatment, research and the aseptic production of food and medicines. In these contexts, the concentration of airborne particles is not permitted to exceed a certain value. This necessitates constant particle measurement in cleanrooms. The cleanliness of the room is determined by the ISO 14644-1 standard. For example, in ISO Class 5, one liter of air is allowed to contain no more than 3.5 particles of at least 0.5 microns in diameter.

Freudenberg Group

Together with our customers and with our research partners, we develop leading-edge technologies, products, solutions and services. The innovative strength of Freudenberg has many facets. Having pioneered innovation throughout our history – from chrome tanning and the development of the Simmerring to sophisticated and high-tech medical devices – our company is an innovation champion.

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