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Why wipe?

Why wipe?

Jan 30, 2017

Why is wiping so much more effective than vacuuming, air blasting, or even solvent spray washing as a cleaning technique?

Wiping uniquely applies mechanical force to particulates, fibers, and films and then assists in removal through entrapment in the textile material. In manual wiping, the force of the contact yarn breaks the bond between the contaminants and the surface being cleaned.

Wet wiping is more effective than dry wiping as the electrostatic forces binding particles to the contaminated surface are largely eliminated. This allows the particles and fibers to be released from the surface and adhere to the wiper.

Wiper construction can also impact wiping effectiveness. As an example, open structure knitted wipers offer higher abrasion resistance and greater applied force for highly adhered particles. Conversely, tightly knit, smaller denier wipers offer more uniform contact for film removal and entrapment.

In the end it is not so much a question or whether to wipe, but how. Check out our video guide on how to wipe here.