Smooth floors, like hardwood and tiles, can become easily slippery. An easy option is to put carpet down instead, but certain areas should not have carpet, like kitchens and bathrooms. This is why applying an anti-skid tile treatment is the best option. Tile, marble, vinyl, and linoleum are placed in the same rooms as sinks, showers, and bathtubs. This increases the chances of slipping occurring. Kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms are common areas where accidents from slick floors occur. Buying sprays and lacquers is a cheaper and easier solution than replacing all of the floors in the home. These can be applied to increase a floor's slip resistance. Anti-slip sprays and paints can be purchased through various online companies.
They are applied to tile, ceramic, porcelain, unfinished concrete, and some types of marble and granite. Spray or paint should be applied directly to the flooring after being thoroughly cleaned. The treatment should sit on the floor for fifteen minutes and then should be washed away. This leaves a coating of anti-slip coverage on the flooring. The treatment will need to be reapplied over time, but it is less expensive than replacing existing floors for slip resistance. Online companies also offer aerosol epoxy sprays for homes. They come in convenient premixed cans that only require one step to apply. The epoxy formula is sprayed over bathtubs, showers, stairs, garages, or patios to create synthetic grit. This reduces the slip properties of the applied surface. To apply epoxy sprays, the surface needs to first be dry, clean, and free of any oil, wax, dirt, loose paint, or other containments. The epoxy should be sprayed in a sweeping motion at a distance of 12 to 15 inches for area to be properly treated.
The surface will be dry to touch in one hour. In 24 hours, the area is ready for heavy foot traffic. The spray should be reapplied as needed, which is usually every six to twelve months. The same amount of time should be used to measure any other sprays or paints applied to the surface to make it non-slip. There are other ways to prevent slips and falls in the home by buying anti-slip accessories for the floor, rugs, and mats. They are inexpensive and easy to install. Rubber or foam stickers can be place underneath bath mats and rugs in the kitchen, laundry room, or patios to prevent them from moving or sliding when stepped on. This reduces the risk of slipping and falling in these areas. Bathtub liners can be purchased as most home improvement, drug, and grocery stores. Rubber inserts are placed at the bottom of the bath or shower. The instantly cover otherwise slippery materials like tile, ceramic, and other smooth bathroom flooring materials.
It is an easy and inexpensive way to prevent slipping. Anti-slip tape works on stairways and other narrow areas that need non-slip accessories. They are like regular tape, available in rolls, but they are rough in order to provide traction where placed. Larger anti-slip step and walkway pieces are essentially larger pieces of non-slip tape. They cover an entire step instead of the edge. Consider installing these other flooring solutions if there is room in the budget for new floors. Textured linoleum offers more traction and reduced potential for slipping than smooth linoleum. Try slate for a stone floor solution. It is a rough and colorful stone that does not become slippery, even with water spilled on it. Carpet should be installed wherever it is possible. Some rooms this is not a good idea, like the bathroom. However, using bath mats will help reduce slippage, along with properly airing out the bathroom so carpets will dry out and not mold.