Anti slip floor treatment is very important to make the floor more slip-resistant in the presence of moisture. The floor treatments are chemicals which increase friction between the shoe surface and the floor to prevent slipping and falling. The treatment does not coat the floor; it only modifies its surface. The chemicals are colourless and usually do not affect the look and aesthetics of the floor in any negative way. The treatment makes the floor safer for use.
Reason for Anti-slip Treatment
Many injuries are caused by slipping or falling every year and this account for the majority of insurance liability payments. Businesses lose money to worker’s compensation insurance claims due to slip and fall incidents in the workplace. This has made it necessary to make floors slip-resistant through anti-slip floor treatments
Places that need Anti-slip Treatment
There are specific places in the home or office where anti-slip floor treatment is needed. These places include:
Bathrooms and kitchens where spills are more likely to happen. Dirt and grease can accumulate on the kitchen floor and a mixture of this and water creates a very slippery surface. If the floors are made of tiles as is usually the case, anti-slip tile treatment is necessary.
Toilets, Pool areas, Restaurants & Staircases are prone to moisture that can cause slips and falls.
As a general rule, it is best to apply an anti-slip treatment on all floors and surfaces that are prone to becoming slippery when wet. There are different forms of anti-slip agents that can be used depending on the area to be treated.
Applying Anti-slip Agents
Different types of anti-slip agents are available. The best one to use depends on the flooring. Most of these agents are quick to apply. After application, they take a few minutes to dry so there is no need to close the office or vacate a house before they can be applied.
Anti-slip treatment should be reapplied after a few years (say every 4 years). The frequency of reapplication is however dependent on the type of treatment used and the volume of foot traffic in that area.
Stages of Anti-slip Treatment
There are different stages of the treatment process.
The first stage is surface preparation. This involves the removal of dirt, grease, and other contaminants to prepare the floor surface for the treatment.
The second stage involves applying the chemical to the floor surface using a low-pressure spray.
The third stage involves spraying the surface with a neutralizer at predetermined intervals in order to achieve the desired slip resistance. The neutralizer is removed when the process is completed.
The role of Floor Maintenance
Mostly, all anti slip tile treatment is good but regular floor maintenance is very important to ensure that flooring in the home or workplace is kept slip-resistant and safe. That is why efforts need to be made to ensure proper cleaning. A cleaning schedule should be developed and followed to keep floors clean at all times.
In summary, applying anti-slip treatment is a good investment for any home and business because of its many benefits.