The logistical effort is significantly lower with the one-way solution. Furthermore, you avoid the problem of having to personalise washed socks in order to assign them to their wearers. The disadvantages, on the other hand, are a poorer fit, since disposable socks are usually only available in universal sizes, and in the long term a higher cost factor and increased waste.
Most important advantage of reusable socks: Properly decontaminated, they are usually much less contaminated with particles than disposable items when delivered.
Necessary basic requirements for cleanroom-suitable socks, depending on the respective application:
- abrasion-resistant material (synthetic)
- conductivity, ESD-compliant if required
- sterilisability, for use in microbiologically monitored areas
Be sure to select reusable socks one size larger. Due to their material properties, cleanroom socks shrink significantly more during the washing process.
92% polyamide, 2% elastane, 6% silver fibres