The Best Anti Slip Treatment for Ceramic Tiles

Using ceramic tiles for your commercial or residential flooring offers many benefits. Read on to learn more about non-slip treatments for tiles, and how the team here at Slip Doctors Sydney remain at the forefront of anti-slip treatment technology.

Ceramic tiles have been utilised for construction, flooring and art for thousands of years. Some of the earliest references to ceramic tiles go back to the 4th century BC in the Middle East and found their way to Europe via the Roman empire.

This robust, versatile and artistic building material has stood the test of time and is still a leading material used for flooring around the globe to this day. Although technologies, production, firing and finishing methods have developed over thousands of years, the product itself has remained relatively the same.

Whether your residential or commercial property has a classic or contemporary decor, ceramic tiles are versatile in that they can be left to show their natural rustic beauty, or be painted and glazed with striking colours, gloss finishes and ornate artistic designs.

Advantages of ceramic floor tiles

Using ceramic tiles for your commercial or residential flooring offers many benefits, including ecological sustainability. Ceramic is most commonly made from various natural clays dug straight out of the earth. It is then fired at a high temperature until it becomes hard and durable.

Some of the other benefits that ceramic tiles offer include:

  • Water resistance
  • Hardwearing and scratch-resistant
  • Easy to maintain
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Naturally cooling
  • Environmentally friendly and sustainable
  • Recyclable and more

Ceramic tiles are also easy to replace if one does happen to crack, and have the potential to add value to your property.

For all their positives, however, ceramic tiles can present a significant slip-hazard when dirty or wet, and they have caused their fair share of minor and sometimes severe injury over the years. 

This hazard has prompted ingenious inventors around the world to develop non-slip solutions that do not compromise the aesthetic of the ceramic tiles designs and finishes.

Read on to learn more about non-slip treatments for tiles, and how the team here at Slip Doctors Sydney remain at the forefront of anti-slip treatment technology.

The science of slipping

Slipping occurs when there is an intense decrease in the coefficient of static friction between a moving person and the supporting surface on which they are walking or standing.

People often have mild slips that do not result in a fall and forget about it not long after. When a more intense slip occurs, it usually happens faster than a person’s nervous system can respond, resulting in a very swift and violent descent.

Ceramic tiles are strong and sturdy, but often do not provide a high friction surface, making them incredibly slippery when wet, or when incompatible footwear makes contact. Anti-slip treatments can be applied to ceramic tiles to increase the surface’s general friction without negatively affecting the tiles finish and grouting colour.

Slippery statistics

Most people have slipped over at least once or twice in their lives, and even if we are lucky enough not to suffer any physical injury, there is usually some hurt pride or bruised ego.

Slipping over is not something to be laughed off. Preventable slips and falls result in thousands of severe injuries every year; some even resulting in death.

Some of the most common injuries caused by falls on slippery floors include:

  • Head injuries
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Fatalities

People aged 65 and over account for approximately 95% of all fatal falls; the highest mortality rate in those aged 85-years and over. These accidents occurred both at home and in professional care facilities. In the workplace, the figures are also a cause for concern. 

In Australia between the years 2003 to 2015, falls caused the death of 386 workers. 23% led to serious claims worth millions, negatively affecting those injured, their families, and financially devastating some businesses.

Between 2002 and 2005, the estimated annual costs for these unnecessary deaths was $250 million, and a further $1.28 billion for hospital admissions, excluding indirect costs. These are concerning statistics, especially in the knowledge that many of these falls could have been avoided.

The team here at Slip Doctors Sydney take these figures seriously and we do our bit to help prevent these unfortunate and sometimes fatal incidents from occurring through our commitment to remaining at the cutting edge of anti-slip treatments and applications. 

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The best anti-slip treatment for ceramic floors

With these statistics in mind, it is relieving to know that there is a solution to slippery ceramic floor tiles. There is a range of leading clear-coat products that can increase the coefficients of static friction on your flooring.

These solutions can be customised to any ceramic tile flooring in both residential and commercial properties.

Examples of property owners that could benefit from ceramic floor anti-slip treatments include:

  • Homeowners
  • Residential property owners
  • Apartments and hotels
  • Restaurants, cafes and eateries
  • Bars, pubs and clubs
  • Entertainment and event venues
  • Retail shops and shopping centres
  • Hospitals and medical facilities
  • Pools and sporting facilities
  • Disability and aged care facilities

These solutions can be applied to general access areas or increase safety in wet areas like kitchens, bathrooms and pools.

Traditional anti-slip treatment solutions could be time-consuming and expensive, with strong chemical smells and requiring extensive drying time. The industry-leading anti-slip treatment solutions we use here at Slip Doctors Sydney are ready for use immediately and come with quality guarantees for product quality, effectiveness and service.

Benefits of having your tiles treated by the team here at Slip Doctors Sydney include:

  • 2-year guarantee with an expected lifetime of around five years or more between applications.
  • The floor is ready to use immediately after treatment.
  • Does not affect the aesthetic of your tiles
  • Effective in all wet areas
  • Ease of cleaning
  • Complies with all Australian OH&S standards

Expert anti-slip treatment professionals

Our anti-slip solutions are non-slip treatments, not coatings, ensuring reliable and effective grip for the application’s lifespan. By utilising our professional services for your non-slip treatments, you will also receive our customer services and quality of work guarantees.

Our expert anti-slip treatment professionals also offer non-slip solutions for all other floor types, including:

  • Natural stone
  • Vinyl
  • Timber
  • Epoxy
  • Concrete and more

We are available 24-hours a day and can provide a no-obligation free quote and onsite demo. If you are looking for the best anti-slip treatment, Sydney and greater NSW, call the friendly staff here at Slip Doctors Sydney today to arrange a consultation.


Anti Slip Flooring Is A Must For Supermalls

With the advancement of technology, the human race is building big mansions and huge shopping malls, etc. We do not ever consider how many details need to be taken care of behind these projects.

Starting from the architectural design to each and every fire exit, everything needs special attention. One of the most important points to be considered for these building projects is the slippery floor. Slippery floors can be very hazardous especially for commercial buildings.

If you visit a supermall you will see most of them have those slippery floors and you need to be extremely cautious about treading on them. Especially children and older people are more prone to slipping and falling on such surfaces. To avoid accidents due to slip and fall, the supermalls should take precaution and use anti-slip floor coating.

Let us see some details over anti-slip floor coating. Epoxy on slip coating is one of the best ways to prevent falls caused due to slippery surfaces. This is a paint that is easy to apply and available in different colors too. It can be used both indoors as well as outdoors.

There are some limitations too for using these anti-slip floor coatings. If the surface on which you are applying it has the tendency to accept rising moisture then this coating will be spoiled.

Again if the surrounding relative humidity is over 75% at application time then also some problems may appear. The same thing can happen in places having temperatures less than ten-degree centigrade.

Two methods for anti-slip floor coating:

1) The coating is applied in steps so that the original floor is no longer viewable. Mainly quartz aggregate is used. It should be taken care of so that there is no lump of aggregate left after the application.

After application, the floor should be left to dry up. After that, the loose aggregate over the surface needs to be removed. If some of these loose parts cannot be moved it needs to be ensured that it gets blended with the surface.

2) This method uses a self-levelling layer as the first coat and then the aggregates are scattered onto it. After this, another layer of coating is required as the final touch.

Hence the supermalls can be places where everyone can go around freely and safely if the mall management just takes small but significant actions towards using an anti-slip floor coating.

Slip Doctors Sydney is one of the leading providers of anti-slip solutions and tile treatments. We have years of experience in this field, providing the best solutions for both residential and commercial industries.  We are the leading providers of non-slip treatment for tiles in Sydney.

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Anti-Slip Floor Treatment for Aged Care Facility

The wet areas in retirement homes and Australian aged care facilities unless laid after 2010 may not comply with current AS4568 2013 Slip Resistance standards. Up until 2010 these surfaces only had to demonstrate compliance to a “duty of care” and or local council requirement.

The result of this minimum compliance was the continuing increase in slip fall incidents being reported. Fortunately compliance prior to 2010 included the installation of support rails and special access fittings has helped in limiting these incidents.

As Insurance and Public Liability providers continued to monitor slip fall incidents it became obvious that their existing clients whose flooring did not meet the newer standards were exposing the provider and the Aged Care Facility to an increased risk of litigation, as well as potential injury to the aging clients in residence.

These risks to the aged residents were being realized in significant increases in slip fall accidents resulting in the long term or sometimes fatal injuries. The most common outcome of these falls were hip replacement surgeries, which often leads to a series of more serious health issues in this age group.

Ceramic tiles and vinyl flooring typically used in these older special access bathrooms, kitchens and public areas often exhibit a very low SCOF (Surface Co-Efficient of Friction) and there was little formal documented data to support the inherent slip risk, particularly when they were exposed to water contamination from spills or transfer from shoes or wet weather gear..

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Today however there is ample documentation from not only Standards Australia, the C.S.I.R.O but many Insurance companies that have taken the time to investigate the underlying cause of these accidents.

It is now incumbent for Aged Care Facilities in Australia to conduct formalized NATA testing at their site to identify any areas of risk and then to ensure they undertake proactive actions to minimize these risks. In most states, this NATA testing is available for both pre and post-treatment.

Correct risk management will provide solutions that will drastically reduce these risks. In carrying out these works facility managers in demonstrating their “duty of care” compliance will also meet their insurance coverage requirements.

With improved health care and lifestyle, the average life expectancy continues to grow significantly. Unfortunately, the frailty and motor skills deteriorate correspondingly. These increases not only force Aged Care Facilities but society, in general, to take additional precautions to ensure slip fall accidents are kept to a minimum.

Slip Doctors Sydney is one of the leading providers of commercial anti-slip solutions and tile treatments. We have years of experience in this field, providing the best solutions for both residential and commercial industries. We are the leading providers of non-slip treatment for tiles in Sydney.

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