The invisible threat of electrostatic discharge (ESD) affects a number of systems, electronic parts, and other critical operations, and may also harm worker health. ESD is the cause of product malfunctioning, damage, and returns. It may also cause communication errors, facility downtimes, and increased liability. The anti-static ESD flooring performs on a consistent basis and is not affected by humidity, footwear, and other factors. It prevents static build-up and does not allow it to affect the resources and workers adversely. The flooring also secures expensive equipment and dissipates static with its continuous surface for static dissipation that works through its entirety. ESD flooring withstands both rolling load traffic and heavy footfall, and can also be easily maintained.
Maintaining Your ESD Flooring
For best performance, it is good to clean the ESD flooring regularly. Dirt and its layers possess insulation properties and do not allow the static to dissipate adequately to the ground. The cleaning and caring process of ESD flooring are the same as that of the regular floors. Because there are multiple variations of ESD flooring available and used nowadays, some specific considerations may be there.
Vinyl ESD Anti-Static Flooring- The vinyl anti-static flooring is durable and cost-effective. This flooring is highly efficient as well. For good electric performance over a longer period of time, periodic waxing or buffing of the ESD floor mats may be required. Some flooring providers may also provide only warranty only in cases when the customer or user undertakes the application of the anti-static floor polish regularly, for certain kinds of vinyl flooring. The maintenance of the flooring may also be pricier as regular buffing is required for their maintenance.
ESD Rubber and Carpet Anti-Static Flooring- The ESD rubber and carpet anti-static flooring are also one of the best performing flooring materials for long term static protection. In contrast with the other kinds of flooring materials, this ESD flooring material requires simple maintenance in the form of steam cleaning and vacuuming. You can also wash your rubber ESD flooring by using a wet mop. Rubber is not a porous material like vinyl, and hence it does not gather dust. Occasionally, scrubbing can be done by using a disc machine, which can help prevent dullness.
ESD Epoxy Flooring- The epoxy ESD floor mats are a more durable static flooring that is specially used in areas where heavy equipment like forklifts are used. The flooring requires regular washing for its clean up. But one problem associated with the use of the epoxy flooring material is that it suffers from abrasion with the rolling of castors and other items. Such loss of structure and composition may not be overcome by buffing. Epoxy flooring is also quite hard to repair as the repair process may span across two or three days (for drying and installation). The epoxy flooring is also susceptible to the damages caused by ultraviolet rays of the sun. You should hence closely inspect and modify the area of installation of the flooring and the working environment as well in which it is used.
Ensure that you purchase high-quality ESD flooring that can stand the test of time. Proper maintenance not only restores the effectiveness of the flooring but also enhances its longevity