The Truth About Lint Free Wipes

It all started with Lint Free Wipers: a term that evolved with the rise of the semiconductor industry in the early 1960’s and has transformed the nomenclature of Cleanroom and Industrial Wipes ever since.

Web searches for “LINT FREE WIPES" provide some interesting information. A Google search returns 459,000 hits. A search of “lint-free” on the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) site returns 265 hits, and a search of “lint-free” on the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) site returns 737 hits. Of these, three are contained in the <797> document on pharmaceutical compounding-sterile preparations. Surely, with that many references and with citations from both the ASTM and the USP, “lint-free” wipes must be real.

Actually, not. There is no such thing as a “lint-free” wipe. “Lint-free” is a misnomer. How can that be?

"Lint” is a catch-all term referring to the short, fine fibers that separate from the surface of cloth or yarn. Lint is a consequence of using fabrics to make wipers, whether those fabrics are man-made polyester or nylon, natural materials such as cotton or cellulose, or blends such as hydro-entangled polyester-cellulose. Use a fabric, and you can’t escape the presence of accompanying lint. If you are looking for the lowest linting wipes available in the market today then look no further, come discover the Berkshire Difference Today!

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