While as children we may have enjoyed scuffing our feet across the carpets to give our siblings a static shock, in the high tech workplace, static is a big problem. A poorly timed shock can disrupt or even damage sensitive equipment. That’s why in health care, technology, and military facilities, anti-static flooring is required.
Anti-static flooring is highly effective at reducing the risk of static shock in the workplace. The anti-static flooring products on the market today have proven to be long lasting and durable. That being said, anti-static flooring must be cleaned frequently and properly to maintain effectiveness.
Dirty static-proof floors do not necessarily remain static proof. This is because dirt can contain any number of different materials, some of which are conductive. While the scale of this dirt may seem to present minimal risk, in a setting where a single spark can have very negative outcomes it’s not a risk worth taking.
Floor Maintenance Tip #1: Choose Experienced Professionals to Clean Anti-Static Flooring
Due to the critical nature and expense of anti-static flooring, it’s critical to choose an experienced commercial cleaning company to provide regular maintenance. On a daily basis, this involves a combination of dry and damp mopping with specialty ESD floor maintenance products. Once a month, the floors are spray buffed with product designed to enhance the floor’s anti-static properties.
This floor maintenance requires an extreme level of attention to detail. It’s critical that every inch of the flooring receive the proper treatment so as to maintain its static-controlling properties. The proper level of care must be provided regularly over the facility’s course of operation to minimize risk to sensitive electronic equipment.
Not every cleaning company is prepared to properly maintain anti-static flooring. Before you commit to working with a janitorial service, ask them about their experience working on anti-static flooring. You want to work with a company who has a track record of caring for these expensive floors well.