Cleanroom Paper Laboratory 

Question

This paper can be autoclaved for Grade A/B cleanroom areas, but can it be used with an inkjet printer and a copier? Will handwritten ink or marker smear or bleed on the paper? Will handwritten ink or marker smear or bleed on the paper when exposed to water or 70% alcohol spray?

 

Answer

 

Our Berkshire BCR® Bond and recyclable EcoBond® can both be used in a copier, but we don’t recommend them for use in an inkjet printer. We recommend that you use regular ball point pens with this paper. Fast drying markers can also be used, but those with excess of liquid ink can smear until it has dried. If the handwritten ink or marker is left to dry, there is less chance that it will bleed. There will be more bleeding with 70% alcohol spray compared to water.

 

Question

Can the paper be autoclaved to be made sterile, heated in a steam environment 30 minutes at 122C?

 

Answer

 

We have autoclaved bond paper at 126C for 30 minutes with only a slight effect on the bond paper. Due to the steam/moisture in an autoclave the paper does become slightly rippled (wavy). This is similar to what we’ve heard other customers use for cycle temperature and time. For sterility validation you would need to validate your cycle to ensure the autoclave cycle renders the product sterile.

 

 

Did You Know?

Berkshire does not recommend the blue colored bond for autoclaving. The color fades to a grayish color which can be undesirable. Click here to download our most recent Bond Technical Bulletin.

  


 

 

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