Applying static-dissipative floor finish over standard resilient flooring (VCT) is always a calculated risk. Before purchasing a floor that gains its static-protective properties from a special finish or wax, the following caveats should be taken into account:
Humans can’t feel a static zing until it’s approximately 3.5 kV (3500 volts). This means, any discharge under 3.5 kV would go undetected. In a residential environment, this is no big deal. In most electronics workspaces, a discharge as small as 100 volts—or as low as 20 volts for ultra-sensitive microcircuits—can damage or destroy electronic components.
Why buy static-control flooring?
If it’s to prevent static shocks—at home or in an office that doesn’t rely on sophisticated electronics—we advocate for antistatic sprays and floor finishes. When people start feeling shocks, it’s time for a reapplication.
To avoid mission-critical failure by preventing malfunctions in a data center, control room, call center, 9-1-1 dispatch operation, or flight tower, a floor finish won’t do the job. Short of routine performance tests, there is no way to monitor the effectiveness of the floor—the very events the ESD floor is meant to avert will be the only barometer indicating that the finish has worn off and the floor is no longer static-protective.
Using Wax for Routine Maintenance
While waxes and floor finishes do not provide adequate static protection, buffing waxes work well for routine maintenance—that is, to keep the floor clean and, in the case of conductive SVT, maintain its hospital-like shine.
With Staticworx ESD flooring, you never have to choose between performance and aesthetics. Our beautiful, high quality ESD carpet tile, vinyl, EC rubber tile and sheet goods, and ESD epoxy floors are as beautiful as they are functional.