Some floors are naturally more slippery than others. But, with the exclusion of carpet, all floors are likely to be slippery after they’ve been cleaned. The problem is that regularly washing floors is essential if you want them to remain clean. This ensures good hygiene levels and helps the floor to last longer.
Unfortunately, slippery floors increase the likelihood of accidents. The greater the foot flow through the area the more likely it is there will be an accident, especially if no other route is available. In some cases, the floor remains slippery even after it has dried, causing a serious issue.
The good news is there are several things you can do to eliminate slippery floors.
If you have concrete flooring or your existing flooring is starting to deteriorate, then you’ve chosen a good time to recoat the floor. It doesn’t need to be expensive, you can use polyurethane floor paints to transform the look of your floor and, as a bonus, these paints are non-slip and durable.
In other words, this small investment could save you a fortune and the pain of a fall. It is possible to apply the paint yourself but it is preferable to get the professionals involved. This will ensure you get a seamless floor with a perfect finish.
If you have a good quality floor which shouldn’t be slippery but is, then you may have a problem with the tools you’re using.
Dirty mops in particular are an issue. Instead of cleaning the floor, they are moving dirt and grease around. Whether the floor is wet or dry, it will still be slippery.
The best solution is to replace worn mops and clean them thoroughly, with a degreaser, after every use.
Using Polishing Chemicals
Polishes are designed to give your floor a stunning shine. It can look like a showroom. However, if you use the wrong polish or too much of it, it will quickly become more like an ice-skating rink. That’s not a desirable outcome.
Check that the polish you are using is non-slip, designed for your type of floor and that you’re not using too much of it.
Dry The Floors
As most floors are slippery when wet, if you have a regularly used hallway or another area, you may prefer to dry it after cleaning. You can use a clean dry cloth and even attach it to the end of your mop. Or, simply do it by hand.
If physically drying isn’t possible then fans blowing cool air over the area will help, along with plenty of signage.
Of course, if possible the best option is to close the area until it’s dry.
The Bottom Line
The safest solution and the one that is often financially best in the long term is epoxy or polyurethane paint. This isn’t just non-slip, it’s available in an array of colours and you can even add patterns. In other words, you can create a stunning floor that is unique and non-slip. What better solution is there?