5 Expert Cleaning Tips To Keep Your ESD Floor Performing Properly
An ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) floor is an essential component of any electronic manufacturing, electronics handling or testing facility. ESD floors are designed to dissipate static electricity, which can damage electronic components and devices. To ensure that your ESD floor functions effectively, regular cleaning is essential. In this blog post, we'll explore the importance of cleaning an ESD floor and offer best practices for doing so.
Why Cleaning an ESD Floor is Important
An ESD floor must be kept clean to maintain its effectiveness in dissipating static electricity. When an ESD floor is dirty, its electrical conductivity is compromised. Dirt, dust, and other contaminants can act as insulators between shoe soles and the conductivity in the floor, preventing static electricity from flowing to ground. When shoe soles are insulated from the conductivity in the floor, static electricity builds on people walking on the floor and can discharge from people to electronic equipment.
In addition to compromising the electrical conductivity of the ESD floor, dirt and debris can scratch the surface of the floor, making it more difficult to clean and further compromising its effectiveness. Over time, damage from dirt and debris can lead to the need for costly repairs or, in rare cases, possibly even replacement of the ESD floor.
Best Practices for Cleaning an ESD Floor
When cleaning an ESD floor, it's important to use the right tools and cleaning solutions to avoid damaging the floor and compromising its electrical conductivity. Here are some best practices for cleaning an ESD floor:
- Use a soft-bristled broom or vacuum with a soft brush attachment to remove loose dirt and debris. Avoid using abrasive materials that can scratch the surface of the floor.
- Use a damp mop with a cleaning solution, such as StaticWorx ScrubWorx neutral pH cleaner, specifically designed for ESD floors to remove any remaining dirt and contaminants. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaning pads.
- Do not flood the floor and dry the floor thoroughly after cleaning to prevent water from accumulating on the surface. Standing water can work its way under certain types of floor tiles and, depending upon the type of conductive adhesive under the floor, can soften the adhesive and cause the tiles to lift.
- Establish a regular cleaning schedule to prevent dirt and debris from building up on the surface of the ESD floor. The frequency of cleaning will depend on the amount of foot traffic and other factors in your facility. Generally, ESD floors should be cleaned weekly, monthly or quarterly to ensure they’re free of dirt and contaminants.
- Conduct regular testing of the ESD floor's electrical resistance, using an ohm meter, to ensure that it is functioning effectively. If conductivity is compromised, it may be necessary to have the floor professionally cleaned. Using cleaners like StaticWorx ESD cleaning systems will keep your floor clean and, as long as the floor is routinely maintained, ensure that the electrical performance of your floor remains effective.
Cleaning an ESD floor is essential for maintaining its effectiveness, dissipating static electricity and protecting electronic equipment and devices from damage. By using the right tools and cleaning solutions and establishing a regular cleaning schedule, you can ensure that your ESD floor is clean and functioning properly. Don't neglect this important maintenance task, as it can help you avoid costly repairs and downtime in your facility.
- Use a soft-bristled brush or mop
- Avoid abrasive materials
- Apply ScrubWorx Neutral pH cleaner with a damp mop
- Do not flood the floor
- Dry the floor thoroughly
- Establish a routine cleaning schedule
- Test the floor regularly