Most hotels and motels with slippery bathtub and shower floors have been using suction cup mats to give bathers safer footing, albeit only on a small part of the slippery surface. These mats need to be laundered daily or they will harbor bacteria, foot fungus and mold. Because of the laundering the mats deteriorate quickly and need costly replacement. Worse, the guest sometimes doesn’t bother to use the mat and is injured in a fall, blaming the owner for the injuries. Even when the mat is in place, vigorous activities in the shower (if you know what we’re saying) can lead to stepping off the mat, leading to a one- or two-person fall. If a glass shower door gets broken, injuries can be life-threatening.
Safety Direct America’s anti-slip coating SolidStepCote 03 is helping major hotel chains to eliminate these problems while increasing safety. The coating covers the entire walking surface of the tub or shower. It can be applied when the room is vacant and is ready for use in less than 24 hours. It is durable and easy to clean. (Abrasives must not be used in cleaning.)
If 20 or more tubs are coated, the material cost is $10 or less per tub. After cleaning and drying the surface, about 10 minutes of labor is required to apply two coatings. The second coating can be applied 30 minutes after the first, but must have longer to dry before being exposed to standing water.
If the coating eventually starts to show signs of wear it can be touched up without removing the unworn portion. If you wish, additional litigation protection can be ensured by having Safety Direct America slip test representative tubs periodically and submit a written report, signed and sealed by a state-registered Professional Engineer, for your file to document your due diligence.
Applying SolidStepCoat 03 helps hotels and motels reduce operating costs while improving tub/shower safety, appearance, and hygiene and reducing liability exposure. See our bathtub/shower anti-slip coating video on the Safety Direct America web site that demonstrates the application process.