Cleanrooms Won't Fix a Contaminated Product

A cleanroom is an essential tool - not an end in itself. Critical cleaning of the diverse, complex, high-value products that are produced in controlled environments is a different discipline than cleaning the cleanroom itself. This course teaches the essentials of product cleaning, including final cleaning and cleaning prior to activities in cleanrooms.

Course outline     Who should attend?     Course materials     Instructor     Next date and location


Course outline


  • What is critical product cleaning?
    • What products need to be cleaned?
    • A cleanroom is a tool, not an end in itself
    • Cleaning product surfaces and cleaning cleanrooms
      • Similarities and differences
    • Processes that are usually not surface cleaning, eg. heat treatment, passivation, sterilization, disinfection
    • Cleaning process basics – wash/rinse/dry
      • Solubility
      • Wettability
      • Aqueous and solvent cleaning differences
      • "Non-chemical” or “dry” cleaning (eg plasma)
    • Cleaning action - physical forces and temperature
      • Hand cleaning/benchtop cleaning
      • Batch cleaning
      • Ultrasonics
    • Materials Compatibility
    • Why dirt sticks
  • Supply chain
    • Understanding the supply chain
    • Defining and controlling the supply chain
  • Contamination control and critical cleaning challenges
    • Additive manufacturing
    • Miniaturization
    • Supply chain complexities
    • Higher customer expectations
    • Impact of regulations – government, military, corporate
    • Chemical interactions
    • Worker safety/environmental issues
  • Cleaning product in and out of the cleanroom
    • What comes in the door?
    • Cleaning before you get to the cleanroom
    • Using cleanroom real estate wisely
  • Analytics and monitoring
    • Basics of surface cleanliness
      • Comparing cleaning, extraction, and detection
      • Analytical techniques
      • Working with the lab
      • Interpreting results
  • Standards and guidance documents
    • Cleanroom standards versus product cleanliness standards
    • The awful English language
      • Interpreting standards and guidance documents
        • IEST, ISO, military, aerospace, NASA 
      • What you need to know about ISO-14644-9, -10, and -13
    • Dealing with ambiguous and contradictory standards
    • Getting on the same page - and the same surface
  • Achieving rugged, defendable cleaning processes


Who should attend?

  • Assemblers/Operators
  • Manufacturing Managers
  • Engineering Professionals
  • Quality Control Managers
  • Product designers
  • Cleanroom professionals
  • Safety/environmental professionals
  • Purchasing
  • Equipment and material suppliers, including contract manufacturers

Course materials

  • Copy of PowerPoint presentation in course binder
  • Certificate of attendance for completion of CEUs

Continuing Education Units: .6 CEUs


 Barb Kanegsberg



Next dates and locations

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