How to Make Ceramic Glazed Tiles Non-Slip How to Make Ceramic Glazed Tiles Non-Slip
Non-slip tiles help to reduce accidents in the home and workplace. You can purchase ceramic glazed tiles with a rough, non-slip surface and install them yourself. But, what do you do if your already installed tiles are slippery?
Luckily, there are numerous products available that you can use to make your tiles non-slip without changing the appearance of your tiles. Check out why you should consider making your glazed tiles non-slip, and some of the best non-slip application choices below.
Considering Non-Slip Tiles
Any smooth surface can become slippery, especially if you spill liquids on them. And, places that tiles are often found, like bathrooms and kitchens, are prone to these spills. This is why it’s important to make sure your ceramic glazed tiles are non-slip.
People of all ages, including children and the elderly, can easily slip and fall, hurting themselves. In addition, slippery tiles are of special concern in the workplace, where accidental falls can lead to injuries and lawsuits.
Picking a Non-Slip Coating
Check out some of the best non-slip products for glazed ceramic tiles below. Find some of these at your local hardware store or online. Note that these are just a few of the available non- or anti-slip products for tiles.
Traction Kote 400
Traction Kote 400 is an epoxy-based formula that is available in spray cans or gallon drums. When using spray cans, simply spray the substance on the tiles. When using the gallon drums, use a roller designed for epoxy-based solutions. Once the formula has dried on the tiles, the floor should be non-slip. Traction Kote 400 is also suitable for outdoors, and it comes in a range of colors, including clear.
SlipDoctors Stone Grip
This substance meets the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Administrations guidelines for floor safety. After cleaning and drying the tiles, you can apply the treatment according to the directions, and then rinse it off. This formula is clear, and it won’t alter the appearance of your floor.
Just like the products above, InvisaTread is another option that will make your glazed tiles less slippery. Although the product is not a “non-slip coating,” it helps make your surface feel less slippery, especially when wet. This product is invisible when dry, and it doesn’t leave a sticky feel.
Using an Anti-Slip Coating
Follow the directions per your specific product when using a non- or anti-slip coating. However, most products will work best if you start with a clean surface. Clean your glazed ceramic tiles with detergent and hot water to lift any oil residues. Then, dry them well before using your product. Some products work best on a surface that is lightly sanded first, so check with your directions. In addition, always follow the provided safety precautions, like wearing gloves and a face mask, when using your chosen formula.
Consider applying other non-slip coatings and installing non-slip surfaces to frequented areas like stairs to ensure maximum safety.