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How do you stop pavers from being slippery?

Slippery pavers are often an accident waiting to happen. Preferably, your outdoor pavers should be raised, in an area that has good drainage and they should have a slip-resistant texture. But even the most slip-resistant pavers that lack drainage can become slippery. They can be vulnerable to moss, lichen or algae pores which is a potential danger in itself.

Once your pavers become even slightly slippery it is time to take action. But what can you do?

Wash the area 

Firstly, you should wash the pavers to remove as much moss and other growth as you can. Use a stiff brush and scrub the growth away.

If your pavers lack natural sunlight where they are positioned, prune nearby trees to increase sunlight and prevent future growth.

Once the area has been cleaned treat it with a fungicide solution to stop growth from reappearing. The solution should be scrubbed into the surface, left for some time and washed off. If you have time, repeat the process for maximum effect. Ensure you have removed all traces of fungicide.

Add epoxy flake flooring 

Consider revamping your pavers with flake flooring. Epoxy flooring is one of the strongest and most durable flooring options out there. Resistant to harsh UV rays, when epoxy flake flooring is applied to concrete pavers it gives them a creative and anti-slip finish. It does not harbour bacteria and is perfect for wet areas where bacteria like to grow.

Add texture

Think about adding engravings or stampings to your pavers. This involves adding a new layer of concrete which you can have engraved to increase texture and traction even when the pavers’ surface is wet.

There’s also the broom finish, which is typically used by concrete finishers to make the surface anti-slip by sweeping a broom over partially dry or soft concrete. If the pavers are designed to drain, the shapes can be created in the direction towards the drain. You may use a standard broom with stiff bristles or a concrete broom which has various configurations.

Add grit additives 

If you are adding a layer of protection to your pavers, you can add grit to your sealer. This increases the floor’s grip and makes it skid resistant. The grit is simply silica, clear crystals, plastic and other minerals. Such a combination is perfect for wet or heavy traffic areas.

The downside to grit additives is in the cleaning. Coatings containing grit can be difficult to clean.

Non-slip tape 

Non-slip tape is available in different shapes, colours and sizes. It is ideal for staircases, deck and ramp pavers. Reasonably priced, non-slip tape is very easy to install and supplied in varying degrees of grit. It can be used in wet areas which is ideal for pavers impacted by the elements. However, you may need to reapply it more frequently if you place it in areas that have a high exposure to rain and water, oils and detergents.

Non-slip paint 

Non-slip paint is an acrylic based, textured and UV stable coating that is ideal for creating slip resistant pavers around the home and garden. While it has the tendency to alter the visual appearance of any surface it is applied to, it is sturdy and resists cracking and peeling.

Non-slip paint can only be used on porous surfaces including concrete, primed metal and unfinished timbers. When used on non-porous surfaces such as ceramic, the surface will delaminate in time as it lacks adhesion.

Anti-slip floor treatment

Slip Doctors has a huge range of anti-slip treatment for tiles, pavers and concrete floors, and is all-encompassing when it comes to slippery flooring.

Let’s take a look at some of Slip Doctors’ anti-slip solutions.

GripX anti-slip coating and sealer for stone, tiles and concrete 

A durable non-slip solution, GripX has been specially designed to maximise the slip resistance on sealed surfaces, stained concrete, natural and engraved tiles and most other natural stone. GripX is an easy-to-apply roll-on coating delivering a semi-gloss textured finish.

Polish Grip anti-slip sealant and coating 

Polish Grip is ideal if your pavers are glossy, polished and shiny marble, porcelain, ceramic or natural stone. It increases the surface traction and acts as a penetrating sealer which protects the surface from spills and stains.

Deck Grip outdoor anti-slip coating 

Whatever the material of your pavers, Our Deck Grip outdoor non-slip coating is the perfect anti-slip floor treatment for decks and slippery pool areas. A water-based, non-yellowing acrylic sealer it protects your pavers against UV rays, chemicals and chlorine.

Dura Grip anti-slip epoxy floor paint 

Designed to give your pavers a durable anti-slip coating, Dura Grip is an epoxy application that is easy to maintain. It can be used around the pool as well as inside the home on floors and stairs.

Final thoughts 

If it’s anti-slip pavers you’re after, non-slip floor treatment by Slip Doctors Sydney is your answer. Whatever material your floor surfaces are, we are the experts for the job. You will never have to worry about you or your family and friends slipping or falling on your pavers again.

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Anti-slip treatment for the warehouse floor

Anti-slip treatment for the warehouse floor prevents accidents due to slippery floors. Statistics indicate that trips and slips are one of the most prevalent causes of work-related injuries in Australia. Some may be serious. Some may be fatal.

Warehouses experience plenty of motion. Whether employees are on foot or riding machines, they are always on the move. This can create many health and safety risks. If you are unable to control them, you may experience high employee turnover, injuries and illnesses, underperforming staff, legal issues and in the worst-case scenario, fatalities.

Warehouse managers should make sure they are monitoring slip and trip risks as effectively as possible. Creating and maintaining safety procedures can protect your employees from hazards and ensure they can perform work activities safely.

However, you should also maintain warehouse safety procedures because it shows you value your staff members’ well-being and want to do the right thing for them. This way you will increase trust in your leadership and boost motivation.

Why is an anti-slip treatment for warehouses important?

Not only will you see a decline in employee productivity when someone is hurt, but you will also be legally liable for the accident and related expenses. Investing in anti-slip treatment for the warehouse floor can save your business money and legal stress. But most importantly, anti-slip floors will make sure your environment is safer and more productive for all workers.

Anti-slip treatment will ensure that your warehouse floors are resistant to moisture and have a high friction coefficient, preventing employees and equipment from not sliding across the surface. It is especially important to have anti-slip floors in high-traffic areas of the warehouse, such as in receiving and shipping areas.

What are the benefits of anti-slip flooring?

Anti-slip flooring delivers many benefits that protect both employees and employers, including:

  • The prevention of fall and slip accidents can lead to litigation, consequently saving money.
  • A safe working environment for staff and clients, thereby maximising productivity.
  • Protecting the reputation of the warehouse and reducing administration costs.

What’s best for warehouse floor surfaces?

Your warehouse flooring must be flat, anti-slip, easy to clean and hardwearing. If you have polished concrete in your warehouse, it can be absorbent or slippery when wet. Adding a layer of epoxy will create an aggregate that will make the flooring anti-slip.

Epoxy flooring can be clear, patterned or uniformly coloured. It prevents spilled liquids from soaking in, thereby reducing dampness, and it is easy to keep hygienically clean.

What are the causes of warehouse slip accidents?

The main causes of warehouse accidents are:

  • trips and slips
  • manual handling
  • working at a height
  • vehicles travelling in and around the warehouse
  • falling or moving objects
  • spilt water in toilets, kitchens or break rooms
  • worn floor areas or raised edges
  • clutter and rubbish left on the floor
  • wires, cables and power leads obstructing high traffic areas
  • open drawers or protruding furniture
  • slopes and steps.

Given the dangerous nature of warehouses and factories, warehouse health and safety requirements must be a main priority.

Trip prevention

The first steps to good housekeeping when preventing trips and falls are:

  • Planning storage and workflows to ensure equipment and waste do not cause obstructions.
  • Keeping traffic areas and floors free from obstructions.
  • Checking all floor surfaces are flat and even inside and outside the warehouse and filling in any holes.
  • If items fall into high-traffic areas, clear them up as soon as possible.
  • Inspecting the workplace regularly to ensure there are no trip hazards.

Complete risk assessments

Warehouse employers should make sure that an appropriate and efficient risk assessment, which identifies slip and trip hazards, is completed. Prevention and control measures that eliminate hazards should be implemented.

Risk assessments should involve all areas of the warehouse, including inside and outside areas and place particular focus on steps, stairways, pavements, pathways and loading docks. They should be reviewed regularly and recorded to ensure precautions are sufficient to deal with risks.

Avoid contamination and spillages

Most floors by nature are not slippery and only become so when they have substances such as water, oil, grease, detergent, etc spilt on them.

Reduce or eliminate the potential for contamination and you will reduce the risk of slips and falls. All spillages, however big or small, can cause you to slip. So, it is critical you clean them up as soon as possible.

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Where Slip Doctors Sydney comes in

Slip Doctors Sydney is an expert in Anti-slip treatment for the warehouse floor and is one of the leading providers of anti-slip solutions. Delivering the best outcomes to commercial industries, Slip Doctors uses a non-slip treatment that consists of an acid-based formula. This creates micro-etching in all types of flooring material including granite, marble, limestone, ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles. The microscopic alterations to the floor’s surface result in the grip which makes the surface safe and anti-slip.

Slip Doctors’ anti-slip treatment:

  • Prevents slip hazards.the
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How Do You Make Concrete Slip-Resistant?

As time goes on, you might find that your concrete slowly breaks down and its surface slowly flakes away. Stains might become persistent, especially in the garage where oil drips just won’t scrub away. That’s why concrete sealing is the ideal option. Not only will it add traction to your concrete, but it will increase resistance to stains.

Polished and decorative concrete floors are becoming all the rage. Appealing to the eye and low maintenance, their simple maintenance comes from having your concrete expertly installed and professionally sealed.

You can seal your concrete with several different finishes and while it is possible to do this yourself, the results of a floor sealed by professional technicians, like those at Slip Doctors Sydney, give you a perfect finish. Let’s explore the steps that go into concrete sealing floors.

Steps that go into concrete sealing floors

  1. Remove all items out of the space

Whether you are concrete sealing the driveway, indoors or garage, you need to remove everything out of the areas. It may be that you will need to find a temporary home for the equipment or furniture because you won’t want to be moving things around once you start.

  1. Sweep the concrete

Sweep up any big debris and pieces of dirt before cleaning spills and stains. Use a leaf blower or broom to discard of any remaining dirt.

However, be sure to use mineral spirits on grease stains and scrub them with a brush. Assure you remove all grease dirt and cleaning residue before adding the sealer because it will adhere only to clean concrete.

Finally, give the floor a final mop and time to dry completely.

  1. Use a concrete cleaner

Pour or spray a concrete cleaner like masonry or phosphoric cleaner onto the concrete and scrub thoroughly with a broom. Rinse it off with a hose and wait for it to dry fully moving onto the next step.

  1. Repair cracks

Are there cracks in the floor that have been annoying you? It’s time to fill them in. Something like caulk can be used to fill the cracks in. Once applied, run a trowel over the top to smooth them out.

Again, wait for it to dry thoroughly, and check the caulk instructions to see how long it takes for the caulk to cure.

  1. Find your sealer

Now comes the fun part – choose your sealer. There are three different types – polyurethane, epoxy and acrylic. You spray, spread or roll them onto the concrete’s surface, and it sticks to the concrete, creating a protective top layer.

Now let’s take a look at the three options.

Acrylic

Acrylic sealers are not too expensive and can be solvent based (better for outdoors as they emit toxic fumes and can be flammable) or water based (better for indoors).

Water-based acrylic is easy to apply but it may change the concrete floor’s colour. Solvent-based acrylic gives you a deeper, more transparent finish but it has a strong odour. It also does not protect the concrete as well as other sealers do and requires two coats to have an effect.

Epoxy

Epoxy sealers protect against grease stains and are considered durable. You will, however, have to mix two parts together and apply the epoxy before it dries. Epoxy sealers are available in different colours if you are looking at changing up your concrete.

Epoxy is a favourable sealer because it is resistant to liquid and resistant to abrasion. Plus, it stands up to heavy traffic. It also lasts many years before it has to be re-applied.

Polyurethane

Polyurethane sealers form a highly protective layer and can be used both in interior and exterior applications. Its coating is much thicker than acrylic. It is durable and has UV protection. It can, however, have a long curing period and is highly sensitive during the curing process.

Polyurethane goes over most other sealers and is available in matte, gloss and semi-gloss finishes.

Penetrating sealers are also an option. They enter the pores of the concrete and create a chemical reaction that strengthens and hardens concrete. However, as they are invisible, they won’t make the concrete glossy or darker. Penetrating sealers are sometimes used with topical sealers (often silane and siloxane) and protect concrete against abrasion and liquids.

  1. Rolling brush, paint pad or hand brush

Use a paintbrush to apply the sealer in even strokes along the edges of the areas. After pouring the sealer into a painting tray, dip the rolling brush or paint pad into the tray and slide the sealer along the edges you have just painted. Apply even, single layers across the floor to make sure the sealer does not puddle. Remember to cover the entire floor.

  1. Let the sealer dry

Read the instructions to ascertain how long you need the sealer to dry for. It can be one day when you can walk on the concrete and four days when you can drive on it.

  1. Add a second coat

Some sealers, like acrylic, may require a second coat before they are durable. A second coat also gives you peace of mind that you have even coverage across the concrete’s surface. You must always make sure the first layer is totally dry before you apply a second coat.

Why use a professional concrete sealer? 

There are many homeowners who prefer to do their own repairs as it is less expensive. If you are not confident that you can seal your concrete expertly, opt for a skilled and trained professional.

There are so many different products on the market. How can you be sure you are using the one that works best? And how do you know if you can do the job well? Chances are, you don’t know. The professionals know exactly what products and materials you require and how to use them.

If you think logically about it, a professional anti-slip concrete sealer does this type of work every day. From knowing the best sealers for the job to fixing cracks in concrete, they can do the task efficiently and quickly.

Our highly trained anti-slip treatment technicians at Slip Doctors Sydney can fix your damaged concrete so you do not have to replace the entire area. They can treat your concrete properly and have access to top-of-the-range products. Your concrete will look great for many years to come and will not be damaged or cracked by the elements.

The finished concrete sealer will be exactly as you envision it, or better. For great, durable sealed concrete, contact us today.

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How can I make my tiles less slippery

Non-Slip Solutions in Making Your Tiles Less Slippery

Whether you own a home or have a business, tile flooring is a popular floor option. Tiles give you that clean, smooth look. But if you have had the tiles for a while, you are probably all too familiar with how slippery they can become especially when wet. Then you need a non-slip solution for your family and guests, especially elderly folk. Truth be told, unexpected falls are the primary cause of unintentional injury resulting in death among the elderly.

On the upside, there is a whole range of ways to make your tiles less slippery without the hefty price tag. Read on as we walk you through simple solutions for keeping your floors safe and non-slip.

Solutions for keeping your floors safe and non-slip

Non-slip tape 

Non-slip tape comes in several different colours, shapes and sizes and is perfect for tiled decks, steps, bathrooms and kitchens. With varying degrees of friction, the tape is easy to install and can be used in wet and dry areas.

Be aware that in wet areas exposed to water, oils and detergent, you may need to reapply the tape more frequently. You will also need to apply the non-slip tape onto the tile and not across the grout. Otherwise, dirt will build up between the tile and grout and the tape will peel.

While non-slip tape is reasonably cheap and fail-safe in creating friction, it comes with its downsides. They are not invisible and if not installed correctly, air and dirt can get trapped underneath causing unsightly bubbles. That’s why it is important to remove all specks of dirt before laying the tape down.

Non-Slip Foam flooring

The foam floor is perfect for gyms, workshops and playrooms. It can be installed in no time and is reasonably inexpensive. It normally fits together like a puzzle with interlocking slots so that it doesn’t move or slide around.

Adding instant traction, foam flooring is easy to clean, moisture-resistant and durable. The foam is available in varying degrees of sizes, thickness and colours. You might be lucky to find foam floors that match your home’s interior.

The disadvantage of foam flooring is that dirt and crumbs can get stuck between the cracks. You can conquer this by pulling the foam up frequently and cleaning the underneath tiles.

Plus, foam flooring will always look like what it is – foam flooring. It will change the appearance of your room once installed and is not ideal for entertaining areas such as the dining or living room.

Rugs and carpet runners 

Probably the easiest and quickest way of tackling slippery tiles is to place rugs or carpet runners over them. Available in many different design choices, rugs and carpet runners are ideal near the sink, entryway, hallway, stairs and large open rooms. They satisfy any budget and are easy to clean.

The drawback is that loose rugs can eventually endure curled edges which can be a tripping hazard. Non-slip backing, double-sided tape or plastic matting on the under-side of the rug can help increase the traction and prevent the material from slipping on your tiles.

If you’re into DIY, you could use a hot glue gun on the underneath surface of the rug to draw criss-cross lines. Leave it to dry and it will act as an anti-slip tile solution.

There is also the downside of rugs and carpet runners having limited coverage. Covering your entire tiled areas in rugs or carpet runners defeats the purpose of having tiles in the first instance. But by placing them in high traffic and areas prone to slipperiness you will decrease the likelihood of slips and falls.

Safety mats for showers and bathtubs 

Shower floors and bathtubs are usually very slippery. Safety mats can give you an inexpensive and easy solution and prevent slips and falls. But it is important that you place them on clean and smooth surfaces, otherwise the suction cups won’t attach well to the surface and the mat may slip.

Safety mats come in different colours and sizes so you can choose mats that best fit and suit your bath and shower.

Non-slip tiles 

Replacing your entire floor with non-slip tiles would be the most expensive and labour-intensive solution, but it can preserve the appearance of your décor without the outcome of slipperiness.

Unless you are prepared to renovate your home or start a construction project, this might not be the method for you.

Non-slip tile solution 

Anti-slip tile treatment might just be the preferred solution. Without changing the appearance of your tiles and décor, and without needing to replace your tiles, anti-slip tile treatment can be applied to most tiles in bathrooms, laundries, showers and other slippery floor surfaces.

Slip Drs Sydney leads when it comes to anti-slip tile treatment. Our solution works by micro-etching the slippery surface of tiles while creating a pattern that disperses and directs water from underfoot.

Non-slip treatment has so many benefits.

  • It is suitable for all floors inside the home and out in the backyard.
  • It is a simple and quick application with no odour or mess.
  • The treated tiles will remain non-slip even when wet.
  • You can walk on your floors almost immediately after application.
  • It doesn’t change the appearance of your tiles’ surface.
  • Slip Drs Sydney’s anti-slip treatments are proven to meet Australian slip standards.
  • Our products exceed the Australian Standards AS4586:2013 slip resistance classification requirements of new pedestrian surface material and the National Construction Code.

In a few words 

All of these methods are effective when it comes to decreasing the slipperiness of your tiled floors. Most solutions will alter the appearance of your décor, especially when misapplied, but they can be reversed.

In the long run, the most ideal and inexpensive solution is anti-slip treatment. It is well worth the money and effort invested as it will solve the issue of slipperiness for many years to come.

Slip Doctors Sydney is the best solution for making your tiles non-slip and you and your guests safe from falling or slipping.

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How to make your tiles less slippery?

Tiles are a popular choice for home and business owners. They give any property that sleek, fresh look. However, if you’ve had tiles for a while, you are probably all too familiar with their disadvantages. On one hand, tiles retain water far more so than other material floorings do. On the other hand, they can be incredibly slippery, especially when wet. This can, without doubt, lead to a whole range of injuries.

That’s why it is imperative you make your tiles safer by limiting slipperiness and increasing traction. The good news? There are quite a few ways you can improve your tiles’ safety without having to spend too much money.

Slip Doctors Sydney has come up with six different ways to make your tiles less slippery and safer for you to walk on.

Make your tiles less slippery

Rugs or carpets 

One of the quickest and easiest ways to make your tiles anti-slip is to place carpet runners or rugs over them. Perfect for sections near the sink, entryway, hallway, large open rooms and stairs, rugs or carpet runners come in so many different design choices. They are easy to clean and suit any budget.

The downside is that you don’t want a loose rug having curled edges as this could result in a tripping hazard. You may require non-slip backing, double-sided tape or plastic matting to avoid the material from slipping on your tiles once the runner or rug is in place.

If you don’t mind a little DIY, you could draw criss-cross lines with a hot glue gun on the underneath surface of your rug, leave it to dry, and it will act as an anti-slip tile solution.

Rugs and carpet runners do have limited coverage though. It would look a little odd if you covered your entire tiled area in rugs or carpet runners. But by placing them in high traffic areas you will decrease the likelihood of slips and falls.

Foam flooring 

Foam flooring is ideal if you have a gym, playroom or workshop. Relatively cheap, foam can be installed in no time. Just lay the pieces on the floor and fit the interlocking slots together as if they were a puzzle.

Foam flooring is easy to clean, durable and moisture-resistant, and adds instant traction to your tiled floors. The foam comes in varying degrees of thickness, colours and sizes. You might even find foam that matches your home’s interior.

The pitfall to foam flooring is that it will always look like foam flooring, and it changes the appearance of the room once laid down. It is not really ideal for dining rooms, kitchens or living rooms where you are likely to entertain people.

Then there’s the issue of small debris like crumbs that can get stuck between the cracks. So, the foam would probably need pulling up every so often to clean the underneath tiles.

However, aside from the disadvantages, foam flooring does solve the slipperiness of certain areas of your home so long as you make sure you don’t trip over the foam’s edges.

Anti-slip adhesive treads 

Much like the grip tape you find on skateboards, adhesive treads are particularly useful on small surface areas and stairs.

Anti-slip treads come in a range of colours from transparent to black and different widths and lengths.

You must remember to press the tread onto the tile and not across the grout. Otherwise, dirt will collect between the grout and tile, and the tread will peel.

It might be an idea to test anti-slip treads in a concealed area before you apply them to noticeable areas to ensure they stick properly and don’t cause any lasting damage.

While anti-slip treads are a simple, cheap and effective non-slip solution for tiled floors, they do come with their downsides.

What you need to know before committing to treads is that while you can try to blend them in with your tiles, they are not invisible. Air or dirt can get trapped underneath and result in unattractive bubbles. That’s why you must ensure that you remove every speck of dirt before installing anti-slip treads.

Bottom line – adhesive treads are fail-safe when it comes to creating anti-slip tiles. Cheap and easy to apply, they don’t change the floor’s look too much.

Safety mats for bathtubs and showers 

Bathtubs and shower floors are often very slippery. This is where safety mats can give you a cheap and simple solution. When applied properly, they can prevent slips in the bath and shower. It is important that you apply them to smooth and clean surfaces, otherwise their suction cups won’t attach properly to the shower floor or bathtub’s surface.

Safety mats come in different sizes and colours so you can choose one that best suits your needs.

Anti-slip tile treatment 

The most ideal way for making your tiled floors less slippery without changing their appearance is by applying an anti-slip tile solution.

Slip Doctors’ anti-slip tile treatment works by creating ‘micro-treads’ on the surface of tile flooring. They microscopically corrode the tile’s mineral making the surface non-slippery when wet.

When Slip Doctors apply the anti-slip treatment to tiled floors the tiles don’t change in appearance and the result is very effective. Not only can we complete the process in a couple of hours, but our anti-slip solutions can be applied on many different types of hard surfaces.

Non-slip tiles 

Our final way to make tiled floors less slippery is by replacing the floor entirely with non-slip tiles.

This is clearly the most labour-intensive and expensive option although it can preserve the appearance of your décor without the issue of slippage.

You are most likely to opt for this method when you are renovating your home or starting a construction project.

Slip Doctors to make your tiles less slippery

These methods are all effective in reducing the slipperiness of your tiled floors. While the majority of them can alter the appearance of your décor, especially if misapplied, they can be reversed.

At the end of the day, the most ideal solution in any setting is anti-slip tile treatment. It is well worth the effort and money invested as it solves the problem of slipperiness for many years to come.

Look no further than Slip Doctors for anti-slip treatment in Sydney to make your tiles non-slip and family and visitors safe. Contact us today.

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Anti-slip solutions for a safe home 2022

The flooring in your home isn’t purely an aesthetic feature. Sure, you want your floor to be beautiful, always look good and clean. But most importantly you want it to be 100 percent safe for you, your loved ones and visitors. Slippery floors present a true safety hazard for all who walk around your home and especially elderly folk. In fact, unexpected falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury resulting in death among the elderly.

Fortunately, you can reduce your risk of slips and falls by making your home slip-proof. There are a few different solutions you can apply to slip-proof your home and make sure you stay steady on your feet. Read on as we walk you through the simple steps to keeping your floors safe and slip-free.

Bath and shower mats 

Non-slip bath mats, shower mats and floor mats are a cheap and easy solution. Available in rubber, PVC and plastic you fix them to the bottom of your bath or shower using suction cups. Be careful though, the cups underneath the mat can come loose and your risk of slipping increases drastically. And be sure to clean the mats regularly to avoid mold and bacteria forming on them.

If you’re not keen on the look of a rubber non-slip mat, fabric bath mats can provide traction when you are getting into and out of the bath or shower. Add non-slip backing to your mats for increased safety.

Mats are also easy to remove when a more permanent and suitable solution comes along. Opt for mats that have textured or raised surface designs to give you better grip and traction when they are wet.  As well as in bathrooms, mats are great in the basement and children’s play areas.

Non-slip tape 

Non-slip tape is available in several shapes, sizes and colours and is ideal for staircases, ramps and decks. Very easy to install, it sticks to the surface of showers, baths and tiles. With varying degrees of grit, non-slip tapes can be used in dry and wet areas. When used in wet areas though, you would need to reapply it more frequently as high exposure to water, oils and detergent often causes delamination after one or two years.

Non-slip tape is not as cheap as you might think. Plus, it can leave residue marks on your tiles making it impossible to remove all the glue even with harsh chemicals.

Non-slip paint 

Non-slip paint is an acrylic based, textured, UV stable coating perfect for creating slip resistant and durable floors around the home. While non-slip paint alters the visual appearance of any surface it is applied to, it is tough and resists peeling and cracking.

Non-slip paint can only be used on porous surfaces such as unfinished timbers, primed metal and concrete. When used on a non-porous surface like ceramic floor tiles, the tiles will delaminate over time because they lack adhesion.

Carpet runners 

Like mats and rugs, carpet runners are ideal on concrete floors to make your surrounding floors non-slip. Plus, they can be quite decorative and classy in an area where concrete or floorboards are present, such as in the basement. Add a touch of class to your environment instead of running up a large bill that entire carpeting might add.

Textured concrete

 One method for creating a non-slip surface is what is aptly named the broom finish. This technique is typically used by concrete finishers to make a surface anti-slip by sweeping a broom over partially dry or soft concrete to create shapes. If the concrete is designed to drain, the shapes can be created in the direction towards the drain. While a standard broom with stiff bristles can be used, there are concrete brooms with varying configurations available for this purpose.

Grit additives 

If you provide a layer of protection to your concrete floor you can add grit to your sealer. This will make your floor surface skid resistant by increasing its grip. You can use silica and other minerals for this purpose, as well as clear crystals and plastic grit. This combination is ideal in wet areas or areas that endure heavy foot traffic. Such coatings can increase difficulty in cleaning, so consider anti-slip tile treatment as an alternative.

Anti-slip coating 

There are a variety of anti-slip coatings available today. Clear and water-based, anti-slip coatings can effectively create anti-slip floors. Used both indoors and outdoors, they are suitable for concrete, steel, vinyl, glass, metal, granite, marble, brick and ceramic surfaces. But be careful if you take this on as a DIY job because applied incorrectly it may affect your floor’s appearance. 

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Anti-slip tile treatment 

That’s where Slip Drs Sydney comes in. Our anti-slip or non-slip tile treatment in Sydney can be applied to most tiles in bathrooms, showers, laundries and other slippery floor surfaces, and you won’t even notice the change in your floor’s surface. Our anti-slip treatment works by micro-etching the slippery surface of tiles and creating a pattern which disperses and directs water from under your feet.

This treatment has so many benefits that you will wonder why you haven’t gone with Slip Drs Sydney before.

  • It is suitable for floors inside and outside the home.
  • It is a quick and simple application with no mess or odour.
  • The treated floor surface will remain anti-slip even when wet.
  • Once treated, you can use the floor immediately.
  • There is little to no change in the appearance of the floor’s surface.
  • Slip Drs Sydney’s anti-slip treatment’s proven effectiveness meets Australian slip standards.
  • Our products exceed the Australian Standards AS4586:2013 slip resistance classification requirements of new pedestrian surface material and the National Construction Code.

Final thoughts 

For perfect non-slip surfaces, contact Slip Drs Sydney today. Whatever material your floor surfaces are, we are the experts for the job, and you will never have to worry about you or your loved ones slipping or falling on your floors again.

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The best ways to stop your pool area from being slippery

It’s that time of year when people are lapping up the sun and enjoying time in the pool. But all that fun can suddenly melt away if you or a loved one takes a tumble. Pool areas are notorious for being slippery so it would not take much for an accident to happen. Anti-Slip Treatment is the solution.

Whether the surface area around your pool is tile, concrete or wood, it should be reliable, functional and safe with minimal maintenance required. Plus, it should feel good beneath bare feet and look good, complementing the colours and textures of the pool.

Another important feature of swimming pool surface areas is durability. Swimming pool tiles are produced and tested to endure the aggressive chemicals generally used to preserve swimming pool water.

Above all else though, the surface material surrounding pools should be slip-resistant in wet conditions. Slip Doctors have come up with some solutions to fix slippery pool areas.

What causes slippery pool surface areas?

Pool tiles are not often slippery when first laid. Over time though they can become a nightmare! Swimming pools have oil slicks – not the oil slicks from drilling rigs or tankers but the natural oils from the body and tanning lotions. When you jump in the pool a lot of the oil from your body floats to the water’s surface. While it usually finds its way to the filter it can often deposit on the tiles surrounding the pool as you splash around and leave the pool.

Lichen and moss can also build up over time, and airborne dust particles settle on the surface to form a thin layer invisible to the eye. These additional lubricants increase the chances of slips and falls.

What are the anti-slip treatments options?

Pool mats

Pool deck mats provide plenty of grip and traction, are lightweight and indestructible against chlorine, solvents and acids.

There are different types of matting such as non-slip matting which can be used around the pool and change rooms and anti-fatigue matting which can also be used around the pool as well as a pool reception counter if you have a public pool.

Made of a mesh-like material, pool mats have holes that allow water to flow easily through them. They won’t soak the water up or become mouldy. Their texture increases the friction and traction of slippery surfaces and is the perfect option if you don’t want to renovate your existing pool deck.

The only drawback is that pool mats are not as aesthetically pleasing as your current concrete, porcelain or wood tiles might be.

Epoxy flake flooring

Another option is revamping your pool area with flake flooring. Epoxy flooring is one of the most durable and strongest flooring options available. Applied to concrete, it is resistant to harsh UV rays which makes it perfect for your pool area.

Flake flooring is a method by which coloured flakes are added to the floor giving you a creative and anti-slip finish. Not only will your pool flooring look great, but it will be safe to walk on when wet. It will not harbour bacteria, making it ideal for wet areas where bacteria like to grow. Plus, it will stand the test of time.

Spray-on coatings

A spray-on coating is normally a mixed cement product that is textured for slip resistance and protects against heat. It does require an underlying deck and will give the look of a modern and industrial appearance which may date quickly.

Add texture

Consider adding engravings or stampings to your pool surface area. By adding a new layer of concrete, you can have a design pushed or engraved into this new layer. It will add texture and therefore traction even when the surface is wet.

Wear shoes

You might not get any ‘cool points’ from the kids but wearing shoes around the pool will make it much safer when the area is wet. The tiles won’t be less slippery, but shoes will prevent you from slipping when you’re walking or running around an already slippery deck.

Be sure to choose shoes that have textured bottoms that increase the amount of friction you have on the ground as opposed to going barefoot.

There are even specific ‘water shoes’ on the market that you can wear in the water so your kids will not have to remember to put them on and take them off all the time.

Anti-slip treatment for porcelain

Swimming pool tiles made of porcelain are manufactured from dense, fine clay materials containing sand or powdered slate, marble, glass or rock. The material is moulded and coated with a glass-like coating known as glaze. The glaze gives the porcelain colour and renders the tile resistant to water.

Porcelain tiles are less porous than ceramic materials and are often found in bathrooms and kitchens. As they are more hard-wearing than ceramic they are commonly also found around pools.

However, porcelain tiles can still become slippery. This is when we would treat them with an anti-slip coating, which we will touch on in the next section. It would be a shame to ruin the appearance of porcelain by replacing it or damaging it with caustic acid treatment.

Anti-slip treatment solutions

Slip Doctors has a diverse range of anti-slip treatment for pool areas. From clear non-slip coatings to anti-slip paint, Slip Doctors is across the board when it comes to non-slip flooring.

Let’s take a look at some of our anti-slip coatings.

Deck Grip outdoor anti-slip coating

Our Deck Grip outdoor non-slip coating is a water-based, non-yellowing acrylic sealer for most surfaces including concrete. Along with UV protection, the chemical and chlorine protection makes it the ideal treatment for slippery pool areas and decks.

GripX anti-slip coating and sealer for concrete, stone and tiles

GripX is a durable anti-slip tile treatment coating specially produced to maximise the slip resistance on stained concrete, sealed surfaces, natural and engraved tiles as well as most other natural stone. An easy-to-apply roll-on coating, GripX has a semi-gloss textured finish.

Polish Grip anti-slip coating and sealant

Polish Grip is designed specifically to increase the slip resistance on glossy, polished and shiny marble, porcelain and ceramic tiles and most unsealed natural stone. Increasing the surface traction, this non-slip coating acts as a penetrating sealer to protect the surface from stains and spills.

Dura Grip anti-slip epoxy floor paint

Dura Grip anti-slip floor is an epoxy application designed to deliver a durable non-slip coating on numerous surface types. The paint coating is easy to maintain and can be used not only around the pool but also inside the home on stairs and floors.

Final thoughts

Swimming pool surface areas are going to be wet – that much is clear. But you can make sure that the surface won’t be so slippery that it will lead to injuries.

Consider some of the tips we have outlined here, and you will significantly decrease your risk of a slip or fall accident.

Better still, contact the team of experts at Slip Drs for non-slip treatment in Sydney, and have your surfaces treated by a professional who will ensure your tiles will be anti-slip for years to come.

What is the best non-slip treatment for driveways

What is the best non-slip treatment for driveways?

When you drive,  you come against all sorts of roads – rough roads, smooth roads, potholes and even slippery roads. Unfortunately, these are unavoidable. But if there’s one surface you can change by applying a non-slip treatment, it’s your own driveway. As your driveway is the main entrance to your home it holds a great aesthetic element for your property.

While smooth brick and concrete surfaces can boost your home’s entrance, when combined with wet weather they can be a disaster waiting to happen, and your home should be the last place for accidents. That’s not even taking into account the harsh toll that the elements – scorching sun and torrential rain – can have on your driveway. Combine this with heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic and you have a driveway that looks far from appealing.

Luckily, brick and concrete driveways can be treated to strengthen traction and lessen the risk of slips and falls. By treating your driveway, you will not only increase the safety around your property but protect its surface against the elements. There are many ways to boost surface traction, but before you invest in non-slip tile treatments, it is important to think about your requirements and budget.

Read on for a rundown of the methods available so you can choose the right non-slp treatment for you and your driveway.

Non-Slip Treatment for Driveways

Resin-bound gravel 

If you are renovating your driveway and looking for a slip-resistant surface, consider resin bound gravel. It is a roughened surface that provides more grip than many other types of surfaces like tiles or bricks, which can be very slippery in the rain. Resin-bound gravel has characteristics that provide maximum traction not only for pedestrians but vehicles too. It also serves as great aesthetic appeal and means that you do not have to sacrifice the appearance of your driveway for the sake of it being slip-resistant. A long-lasting durable surface, resin bound gives you 10-21 years of life when properly installed and maintained.

Brooming

If you have a concrete driveway, use a broom to give it a textured finish to the slippery surface. While a very easy method it is not always effective because water can get stuck between the grooves and encourage slipperiness. Plus, it is not cheap because it requires an extra layer of concrete on top of your current concrete layer.

Painting

You may be able to get away with painting brick and concrete surfaces to encourage traction. It is just a temporary fix, however, because the paint peels quickly when subjected to foot and vehicle traffic and the elements. Plus, it is not an ideal answer if your driveway freezes in cold weather.

Rubber mats

Some property owners place rubber mats on the most used areas of their driveways. However, aside from the unsightly appearance, they are not a solution for sliding tyres.

Slip-resistant tape

A quick low-cost solution for slip-resistance is slip-resistant tape. It comes in a variety of colours, forms and shapes. But think about it – all that foot and vehicle traffic will damage the tape and cause it to peel quickly.

Non-slip tile treatment coatings 

Dura Grip non-slip surface coating – Slip Drs Sydney manufactures Dura Grip non-slip surface coating which provides a UV-resistant, highly durable finish on concrete. An excellent product that seals unwanted leaks in grout and floors, Dura Grip is very easy to maintain and ideal to walk on with bare feet.

Deck Grip Deck Grip is a water-based acrylic non-slip sealer for concrete. Easy to apply, this versatile product delivers a clear, semi-gloss and barefoot-friendly finish. It is UV-resistant, durable and stands up against the elements. If you want high traction on your natural stone surface, Deck Grip is the way to go.

Stone Grip – Stone Grip is perfect if you want an easy-to-apply driveway non-slip treatment. It is ideal on slippery stone floors even when wet and does not change the appearance of the surface.

Elastomeric coatings – Elastomeric coating is designed for driveways exposed to a lot of vehicle traffic. The type of coating to offer the highest level of outdoor concrete protection, the elastomeric coating forms a type of membrane over the concrete’s surface, safeguarding it from the elements and caustic components like chlorides and salt. It is ideal for older concrete that has succumbed to extensive deterioration and cracking.

Spray-on concrete – With spray-on concrete, you can achieve a wide range of effects such as sandstone and brick. Delivering a decorative coating, it gives you all the benefits of concrete while making your floor anti-slip.

Epoxy coatings – Epoxy floor coatings are water-resistant, durable and protect surfaces against erosion at a higher degree than your simple coatings. Placing an aggregate like quartz over the epoxy coating gives you a perfect non-slip surface, even in wet conditions. However, UV light can damage an epoxy sealer causing it to appear ‘chalky’ or yellow, in which case UV-resistant coatings can be added to the mix to alleviate this.

Urethane-based coatings – Modified urethane coating is water-resistant, durable and protects your floor’s surface from being stained by spilled oils and chemicals. Add in an anti-slip texture and your driveway will be risk-free for slips and falls.

Is it worth using a professional to seal your concrete?

Yes. It is always worthwhile getting your sealing done professionally. It is not something you want to get wrong. Done incorrectly, concrete coating can be fruitless, offering no protection to your driveway’s surface at all. In fact, applying the sealer incorrectly can cause more harm than good.

Why Slip Drs Sydney?

Working with the Slip Drs expert team will not only give you the highest quality non-slip treatment in Sydney but save you time as well. Our experts apply years of experience and knowledge in concrete coatings to guarantee that you have the best level of protection. Nothing gives you peace of mind more than knowing the job has been done to the highest standard. Contact Slip Drs Sydney for your non-slip treatment in Sydney today.

Does non-slip tile coating really work?

When you have flooring installed you expect it to last you a long time. However, when you use the floor over a long time the surface smooths out and the grip deteriorates. This is where Slip Drs Sydney comes into the picture. We can help you with non-slip tile coating treatment, so you won’t need to spend a pretty penny renovating your old tiles. Not only does our non-slip tile coating extend the life of your floors, it helps to prevent slips and falls too.

Before we think about whether non-slip tile coating is worthwhile and effective, let’s turn our attention to what non-slip or anti-slip treatment is.

What is anti-slip treatment?

Anti-slip tile treatment is ideal for surfaces, both indoor and outdoor, that are frequently wet or greasy. Creating positive traction on the surface, anti-slip coating reduces the risk of falling or slipping.

Anti-slip treatments work using a technique called acid-etching. Applicable for both anti-slip treatment for porcelain floors and non-slip treatment for ceramic tiles, acid-etching works at the micro-pore level by producing microchannels on the surface structure. Thanks to it being on a level unseen to the eye, your tiles will remain beautiful in appearance, but will be far more functional. The process is permanent and significantly increases surface traction. It does not coarsen the surface and it is not a coating that will eventually peel off.

Porcelain and ceramic tiles are normally made up of silica with glaze on top. Anti-slip agent reacts with the tiles by breaking down the silica into microscopic particles to form ridges, grooves and valleys on the surface. The floor’s microstructure changes and becomes non-slip.

Now that we understand how anti-slip treatment works, let’s find out what benefits it has.

Control over the floor’s appearance

When you decide to coat your floor with non-slip treatment there are a few options to choose from. Choose from a treatment that retains the look and feel of your surface yet is non-slip – Slip Drs Sydney has high quality treatments that blend seamlessly with your existing flooring. Or you might want to enhance the visual appeal of your surfaces. In this case you would choose different textured non-slip colours. It all depends on your preference.

No disruption to your work

Can’t spare time to shut business down while we treat your floor? Not to worry. Almost all of Slip Dr non-slip tile treatments in Sydney can be done during business hours without any disruption to your working day. We adapt to suit your needs and get the job done right the first time. Plus, the treatment is normally quick and easy to apply, and you won’t find yourself waiting hours for it to dry before you can work again.

Promotes productivity

When your staff are too worried about falling or tripping, it can lower their mood and efficiency. But if you treat your flooring with non-slip tile coating you will be providing them with safe flooring. This will boost morale and productivity whether you are in a commercial, factory or industry space.

Cost effective

When you decide to go ahead with anti-slip treatment on your flooring, you will save money in the long-term because you will not have to renovate or re-tile your facility or building as a result of poor flooring. Plus, as your business will be safer with anti-slip treatment, your employees will likely not face any slip hazards or falls. Injuries caused by slippery flooring could result in expensive legal ramifications due to negligence. So, it is extremely important that business owners install industrial non-slip coating to avoid potential falls and slips.

Easy to install

Anti-slip treatment can be applied to new or existing flooring and does not have to alter its appearance at all. Our non-slip coating cures in short periods of time so that you can walk on the treated surfaces within two to four hours or drive on it after 24 hours.

Less risks of accidents

Probably the most important benefit of all is that anti-slip treatments provide a safe working environment for staff and visitors. Anti-slip treatments produce an efficiency that can be measured, assessed and certified by independent institutions. These facilities will test the slip resistance rating of your flooring against the Australian Standard for Slip-Resistance (AS4586-2013). Tests are conducted in both dry and wet conditions to ensure your flooring meets the required standards.

Slip Drs Sydney will ensure that anyone walking on your floors are safe, that your workplace will remain aesthetically pleasing and that your floors comply with Australian standards. Our anti-slip coatings will ensure that your flooring can handle not only light and heavy traffic but that it is flexible and will not crack or flake over time.

Clean and hygienic

Non-slip coating also ensures that floors are not only stain-resistant but more hygienic than alternative flooring. Our treatments make sure that when your floor becomes dirty you can simply wipe the dirt off without the surface becoming sticky. Slip Drs Sydney provide floors with a coating that has exceptional durability and that can withstand heat, water and chemicals such as alkalis, saltwater and diluted acids.

No tile replacements for years to come

When your tiles are treated with our anti-slip treatments you won’t have to worry about replacing your tiles ever again. Slip Drs Sydney will decide on the best non-slip treatment with you. We ensure you receive the best quality products that are long-lasting and give you your desired finished product at competitive prices.

How effective are anti-slip treatments?

The answer lies in the anti-slip solution applied to the floor’s surface. It is important that you receive value for money. Slip Drs Sydney will work with you to determine the most ideal product for your floors that conform to Australian standards for a competitive price.

In summary

Slip Drs Sydney’s priority is making your home or business safe. We are the leading providers of non-slip flooring coatings which are not only cost effective but tough, flexible and resistant to scratches. Our environmentally friendly treatments are able to withstand heat, water, impact and chemicals as well as light and heavy traffic.

Used in a large array of floor services including the hospitality industry, schools, public areas, car parks and mining, you will reap the benefits of our anti-slip coatings for many years to come.

Give us a call today to talk about your non-slip coating options and never worry about your employees being unsatisfied with your flooring again.

 

Non-slip wood floor treatments to sweep you off your feet

Non-slip floor treatment – Wood floors are a popular choice for both home and business owners. They give any property that enviable hardwood look without the hefty price tag. But over time, wood floor surfaces can become very slippery, which leads to unsteady feet and waving arms at best and fractured limbs and other injuries at worst.

If your sleek wood floors are more slippery than you are happy with, we have some solutions for you. Fortunately, there are several ways you can achieve an anti-slip surface. But first, we will investigate why your wood floors might be slippery.

 

Non-slip treatment for slippery floors

There could be a number of reasons why your wood floors are so slippery. Naturally, clean and dry wood floors aren’t especially slippery, but they are when wet. When you have wood floors in the bathroom, laundry or kitchen they are at risk of becoming slippery.

The same happens if you have wood floors near your entryway and people walk in from the rain. If you have pets that go outside and come in again on wet days, they may leave a trail of wet paw prints which could literally sweep you off your feet.

And if you or your kids wear socks on slippery wood floors, you’re up for an accident waiting to happen. Slippery wood floors are dangerous enough but imagine slippery wood stairs – a disaster waiting to happen!

However, the good news is that there are some solutions to reduce the slickness of your wood. We discuss these next.

  • Frequent cleaning

Keeping your floors clean and dry plays an important role in preventing slips and falls. Start by using a bristle broom to brush away debris and then apply a floor cleaner. It is crucial that your floor cleaner does not contain silicone, wax, polish, vinegar, oil or ammonia.

Not only will these substances maximized slipperiness, but they will dull the finish as well as make it incredibly difficult for you to recoat your floor without lots of preparation. Clean your wood floors with cleaners only recommended by a professional. And remember to run a dry mop over the floor to absorb excess fluid afterwards.

 

  • Sanding

Sanding is often applied when you want to remove polish or wax from wood floors. While it might make your floors look clean and fresh, it does not add traction. Most likely you will need to add a non slip floor treatment for extra grip once you have sanded the floor.

 

  • Rugs and mats

Rugs in the bathroom and kitchen will give you a safe place to put your feet when they or the floor is wet. If your stairs are wood, place a runner down to prevent slips. When you place rugs on wood floors, be mindful to avoid synthetic rubber rug pads and PVC because they can stick to the floor surface and ruin it.

 

  • Anti-slip paint for interior and exterior wood floors

Invest in a durable non-skid paint for your wood floors. Designed to add traction, anti-slip paints not only protect your floors but last for years to come. Non-skid floor paint from Slip Drs. Sydney comes in a selection of options to suit your property’s needs.

And if you have wood floors outside, our Dura Grip paint is designed to be UV-resistant and is barefoot friendly. It is easy to maintain and ideal in homes and businesses, both inside and outside, where you require anti-slip protection. Its benefits are in its durability, convenience and affordability.

 

  • Anti-slip clear roll-on

Slip Drs. Sydney manufactures a water-based, clear roll-on urethane sealer ideal for interior wood floors. If you often walk barefoot around your home this is the floor anti-slip treatment for you. Drying in 6 to 12 hours, this anti-slip coating is ideal for homes and businesses that require slip resistance. It is available in a matte and gloss finish and gives you a lustrous sheen.

 

  • Extra fine clear spray anti-slip solution

Slip Drs. Sydney also produces an extra fine clear spray anti-slip solution perfect for interior use. An epoxy aerosol spray, this non-slip floor treatment provides a hard, clear, finely textured finish on wood floors. It is easy to apply and convenient for those small or oddly shaped surfaces.

 

  • Anti-slip coating

Anti-slip coating is available for indoor and outdoor use. Normally requiring a double coat, each coat spread thinly, anti-slip coating does not affect the color of your wood floor. There are a number of different anti-slip coatings available depending on the surface and its functionality.

Slip Drs. Sydney has several non-slip solutions to help protect your wood floors. These solutions will keep you steady on your floor, resist scuff marks, deliver excellent durability and won’t yellow. You won’t need to re-coat for many years to come either.

There are a few factors you need to consider before you settle on the correct solution. Do you like to walk barefoot on your floors? Do your pets use the same areas? Slip Drs Sydney will discuss these factors with you to single out the best option for you.

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  • Sensible footwear

We have talked about all the different materials you can add to your wood floor, but what about the material you can add to your feet to make wood floors less slippery? While it might be an obvious call, it is worth mentioning that the correct footwear can help you avoid a slip, trip or fall on wood floors. Avoid socks or hard heeled shoes and opt for rubber soled shoes or house slippers.

  • Polish off

To polish off this discussion, it is important to protect not only your wood floors but your family and visitors too. It is your responsibility to ensure your floors have adequate traction so that you, your family and friends are not at risk of slipping, tripping or falling.

Contact the team at Slip Doctors Sydney for a professional chat about your wood floors and non-slip treatments Sydney.