Slippery Tile Floors

Slippery tile floors

Slippery tile floors are one of the most likely reasons for slip fall injuries around the home. It’s important to maintain good traction on tiles and keeping them clean is critical!

Here we show where you start and where you end up if you neglect good housekeeping.

This 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)

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

Same tile 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, Figure 2, impact the floor substrate traction, coefficient of friction, cleanliness and hygiene.

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

Breaking down these daily build up on the tile surface and in the grout lines and maintaining the profile condition it very important. We always recommend cleaning with a good Enzyme based cleaner (non detergent), then if possible wet vacuum extraction remains the best system.

A correct, consistent cleaning regime will maintain the surface integrity and grip as well as good hygiene.

Kitchens are the prime spot in the home for slippery tile floors, and because of the amount of time spent there, safety in these rooms is very important. Tiles or other hard materials are chosen because they are easy to clean when food or drink is spilled, but this also increases the variability of the Static Coefficient of Friction across the floor. Surface modification may be an option with tiles that are porcelain or ceramic, and this helps to displace any liquid when you step on the floor surface. Microscopic channels are created which can last for a number of years, and further treatments may only become necessary when the tile wears down past these channels.

Your bathroom is also a dangerous place when it comes to slips and falls in the home. These floors are usually tile or that can become very slippery when wet, and transitional traction makes this one of the most common rooms in the home for slip and fall accidents. Anyone who has ever come out of the bath and stepped from a bath mat onto a wet floor knows just how easy it can be to go down without warning.

How to Fix Slippery tile floors

Anti Slip Tile Treatment can help to diminish the transitional traction and prevent slip and fall accidents in the bathrooms of your home. Abrasive coatings and special finishes may be used to reduce the risk of slip and fall accidents, and there are many products that work well on vinyl and other smooth floor surfaces.

The right floor safety products and non slip floor treatment features are very important to a safe home, and all of the factors involved need to be considered on a case by case basis because every home is different. Contact us at Grip Systems and we will thoroughly assess your home environment and floor safety concerns, and then recommend the best products and Anti Slip Tile Treatment options to help. you prevent slip and fall accidents in any room..

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