Fix Slippery Tiles, first things first

Fix slippery tiles

One of the most critical requirements to fix slippery tiles and maintain traction, is to keep them clean! Why invest in a professional treatment if you don’t look after it? Here we show where you start and where you end up if you neglect good housekeeping.

Above is a brand new unglazed quarry tile as seen by the human eye. These tiles are typically used in commercial kitchens as they are relatively easy to maintain and provide a reasonably high level of traction or COF (Coefficient of Friction)

Below is the same brand new unglazed quarry tile magnified with an electron microscope to 450X.This tile has a high coefficient of friction.

With build-up of polymerized (hardened) fats, oils, and other soil loads, magnified 450X. This tile has a dramatically reduced coefficient of friction and will definitely fall into the slippery tiles category.

These Electron Microscope images were taken to show the microscopic surface roughness, peaks, valleys, and pores of new unglazed quarry tiles. These irregular surface areas impact the floor substrate traction, coefficient of friction, cleanliness and hygiene.

With inadequate extraction of contaminates the floor surfaces, as shown below, become clogged and polymerized with hardened mineral deposits, dirt, grease, and other soils.

Breaking down these daily build ups and maintaining the profile condition with a good Enzyme based cleaner then vacuum extraction remains the best system. A good, consistent cleaning regime will maintain the surface integrity and SCOF as well as a hygienically clean kitchen.

GOOD CLEANING WILL HELP FIX SLIPPERY TILES

Daily:

Keep floor surface free from grease, oil, and detergent build-up.

  • Use a fresh supply of HOT water and detergent each day.
  • Keep the use of cleaning products to the minimum recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Try to use HOT water to rinse the floor.
  • Avoid detergents to maintain a non slip floor, they create a soap build-up once the water evaporates. Use an Enzyme based surfactant based cleaner or vinegar.

Periodically:

As mopping will eventually lead to a build-up of contaminates in the grout lines, which is then transferred to the micro channels, we suggest that a deep periodic clean is carried out about once month.

  • Use HOT water and a Penetrating Cleaner (or a high quality detergent).
  • Mix as directed with HOT water.
  • Apply to surface and scrub vigorously with deck (strong bristle) brush.
  • Wet vac the liquid and soil from the surface of the floor.

In Commercial environments, Invest in a Wet Vac

Mops are the enemy of slip resistant floors.  If not cleaned regularly (at least daily) they harbor dirt, grease and other contaminants that are then forced into grout lines and tile depressions during mopping.  Ideally a wet vac should be used to remove all contaminants from grout lines and micro channels.

This is a guide only on how to fix slippery floors, however, the benefits of your investment in the treatment, and your duty of care compliance will last for many years if you follow this guide on maintaining a safer level of grip. 

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