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Metcal’s CV-5200 Connection Validation Soldering Station Changes Everything


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ESD Mat Cleaning Dos and Don’ts

Posted on by Andy in ESD Mats, ESD Testing Leave a comment

How you clean your ESD mat–and with what–can make a big difference in performance and in life expectancy of the product. Excellent cleaning solutions have been specifically formulated to easily and effectively remove flux, solder, chemicals, dirt and grime without damaging your mat. Using these special cleaning products will help extend the life of your mat.

Follow these dos and don’ts when cleaning your ESD mat – 

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  • Clean with alcohol or ammonia. These chemical will cause your mat to dry out and become brittle.
  • Clean with a silicone-based cleaner. It will leave a residue that could reduce the mat’s ESD capabilities.
  • Use strong chemicals. They could corrode your mat.

Do

  • Clean with the proper solution and mixture for your specific mat.
  • Create a cleaning schedule so you’ll never have to worry about residue build-up.
  • Consider the brand of the cleaner. Oftentimes companies test their cleaners on their mats.
  • Remove any residue immediately, such as flux and solder.
  • Test your mats regularly to ensure optimum performance of your ESD mat.
  • Clean your mat if the RTT or RTG tests show a rating less than normal.

 

All-Spec carries a selection of mild and highly effective ESD mat-cleaning solutions.


Types of Cleaners: Liquids

Posted on by Andy in Cleaners and Aerosols Leave a comment

ES1664 ESD Mat CleanerESD Mat Cleaners

These cleaners are used to keep your ESD-safe mats free of dirt and grime and keep them working at top performance. Dirt on your ESD-safe mat can effect its dissipative properties, so it is important to use these cleaners to keep your products safe. ESD mat cleaners come in a liquid — often in a spray bottle — for easy application.

Fiber Optic Cleaners

Fiber optic cables need to be very clean for the best transmission, and require specific cleaning chemicals, wipes, and swabs. Fiber optic cleaners are specially formulated to remove fingerprints, light oils, and films and not leave behind any residues that may inhibit data transfer. If you work with fiber optic cables be sure to get the right cleaning materials to ensure you can clean them properly.

General Cleaners

As you would think, general cleaners encompass a wide range of items. Most of the cleaners in this category are used for general disinfecting or cleaning of work areas and floors, but may leave behind a residue making them unsuitable for use on ESD-safe surfaces.

Have any more questions on liquid cleaners? Leave a comment below, or call Customer Service at (800) 537-0351 today!