How to Use Only an Anti-Static Mat on Computers

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How to Use Only an Anti-Static Mat on Computers
Additional anti-static gear may be required based on the sensitivity of your project. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

An anti-static mat is an accessory that prevents static electricity from building up near work computers and servers. These mats should be used in conjunction with an anti-static grounding kit, which provides a channel to discharge the electricity held in the body of a technician while working with computers. However, mats may be used on their own to reduce static build-up between the tower and floor. This is particularly important in offices that are carpeted or have rolling chairs and other equipment that can produce static electricity. Mats should also be used to line desktops and work counters where static-sensitive parts will be handled, for example, circuit boards, CPUs and memory cards.

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Things you need

  • Rag
  • Water
  • 2 anti-static mats
  • Computer component

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  1. 1

    Clean the workspace and remove any chairs. Remove all objects from the desktop such as pens, pencils and desk organisers.

  2. 2

    Wipe the desk down with a damp rag. Allow the surface to dry completely.

  3. 3

    Lay one anti-static mat on the clean desktop and the second on the floor.

  4. 4

    Place static-sensitive components from the desktop, on the mat.

  5. 5

    Ensure you are standing on the mat before opening the product packaging and installing the component.

Tips and warnings

  • Even with an anti-static mat, static electricity can still pass through your body, damaging sensitive components. Wear an anti-static wrist strap on each hand when working.
  • Never use an anti-static mat and strap when working around high-voltage devices to avoid risk of electric shock.
  • Never open components before you are ready to install; packaging protects sensitive parts from electrostatic discharge.

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