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I bought this (supposedly) anti-static soldering mat, because I was ruining my standard ESD mat when I would go to reflow things.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06X97Y379/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

When I received it, it made my hair stand on end as it brushed past. (static)

I like the mat, and it doesn't burn, but I need some way to keep it discharged. How would I do this?

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    \$\begingroup\$ That's not an anti-static mat. The description may claim it is, but it's not. In fact it will be about as useful as those "wireless anti-static wristbands" available on famous auction sites and online marketplaces. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 28, 2017 at 20:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ The way I read the description, the only thing anti-static there is the tweezers. The mat is just heat-resistant silicone rubber. \$\endgroup\$
    – Simon B
    Jun 28, 2017 at 22:36

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An anti-static mat should have a connection point where you can tie it to ground to bleed off the charge.

The mat you linked to does not seem to be a true anti-static mat, but rather a silicone heat insulating mat. It says it has anti-static properties, but doesn't have a ground connector and does not specify exactly what those properties are. I personally would not trust it.

From one manufacturer's instructions:

GROUNDING: Sufficient ground cords should be used to reliably meet EN 61340-5-1 Table 3 less than 1 x 109 ohms for working surfaces. Industry recommendation is that continuous runs of ESD matting should be grounded at 10ft intervals to allow proper charge decay rates. Each individual ESD mat should be grounded with ground snaps located no further than ve feet from either end.

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