When Should You Clean Your ESD-Safe Mats?

by Andy on October 29, 2012

ESD-Safe Mat CleanerHere at All-Spec Industries we carry a lot of ESD-safe mats, as well as some mat cleaners. While using mat cleaner is typically simple enough (spray mat with cleaner, let it soak, wipe it off), you may not know when you need to clean your mats. Here are a few times that you should get out your cleaning supplies to keep your ESD-safe mats working correctly.

This first and most obvious time to clean your ESD-safe mats is when there is a visible layer of dirt or grime. If you can see the dirt on your mat then it is thick enough to interfere with its ESD-safe properties. A layer of dirt or dust could create an insulative layer on top of your mat, eliminating or reducing its ESD-safe protection.

Next is if you get flux, solder, or other chemicals on your mat. While it may seem like enough to just wipe your mat off with a dry paper towel, many liquids used in ESD-safe production can leave behind residues. These residues not only can create an insulative layer, but if they are from strong chemicals then they could corrode your mat or the products that come in contact with it.

Lastly, you should clean your mat if your RTT or RTG tests come out with a rating that is lower than expected. It is always best to test your mats regularly to ensure complete protection for your products, and if your mat fails the test cleaning can often help. This will give you a chance to bring your mat back up to its full potential, and increase its life span.

Have any more questions on cleaning ESD-safe mats? Leave a comment below, or visit our website at www.All-Spec.com!

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