Outdoor Test Shows Cleanability of SparkleTuff™ Transparent Anti-Slip Floor Coating

In order to demonstrate the cleanability of transparent SparkleTuff™ (“Sparkle-tough”) Anti-Slip floor coating, we placed seven contaminants on the surface of a porcelain tile coated with SparkleTuff™, as shown in Fig. 1. They are, clockwise from top left, black coffee (a long patch): cabernet sauvignon red wine; yellow mustard; mud from amended adobe (clay) soil; […]

SparkleTuff™ Anti-Slip Floor Coating Preserves Rich Color of Stamped Concrete

An earlier entry in this blog showed Safety Direct America’s exclusive SparkleTuff™ transparent anti-slip floor and tub coating on a simulated terra cotta tile deck that was made of stamped concrete with two coats of color wax. The SparkleTuff™ makes the surface slip-resistant and preserves the color wax for years, instead of it being washed […]

Physical Therapist’s Glowing Endorsement of SparkleTuff™

Our clients and their information are confidential. Many parties don’t want it known that they have had slippery floor problems — it tends to bring claimants (legitimate or fraudulent) and their lawyers out of the woodwork. However, one SparkleTuff™ user, a physical therapist, was so pleased she volunteered to let us use her comments. She […]

Beware of Rugs and Carpets that have a Slippery Backing!

It seems to be a thing now for manufacturers to use a cheap slippery backing on rugs and carpets, and expect the buyer to notice the hazard and mitigate it before there’s a slip and someone gets hurt. This doesn’t always happen in time, and serious injuries can result. These injuries often could have been […]

Enhance and Preserve Your Stamped Concrete with this Clear Anti-Slip Floor Coating

Stamped concrete in various colors can be a cost-effective way of making a property look good and increasing its value. The concrete can be made to resemble tile, cobblestone, brick, slate, flagstone, etc. To keep the material looking fresh it needs to be “waxed” periodically using colored wax. There is labor and material expense involved […]

Slip Resistance Standard for Swimming Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs, Splash Pads, etc.

The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), together with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and National Standard of Canada (CAN) established a slip resistance standard for recreational water facilities. Formalized in NSF/ANSI/CAN 50 – 2019, the standard requires a wet Slip Resistance Value, SRV, of 40 or greater, measured using the pendulum slip resistance test method. Though […]

Flooring for Dementia-Friendly Environments

Several million Americans are suffering from dementia for which there is as yet no known prevention or cure. For people living with dementia, a slip, trip or fall can seriously impede their physical health as well as their confidence and mobility. Flooring has an important role in creating a safe environment.  The Dementia Services Development […]

SDA Can Offer Foreign Insurance if Needed

As pointed out elsewhere in these pages, Safety Direct America has general liability and professional liability (Errors and Omissions) to cover our floor slip resistance testing work for clients located in the USA. However, we often do laboratory or field floor slip test work for foreign clients, sometimes on their own premises, e.g. in Canada […]

Detailed Information on Our Abrasive Anti-Slip Tapes

Occasionally a customer asks what the “grit size” is for our self-adhesive Safety Grip abrasive anti-slip tapes. The numbers are mostly irrelevant for reasons discussed below, but here they are together with their wet Pendulum Test Values (PTV): Standard Safety Grip is roughly equivalent to 60 grit abrasive paper: wet PTV = 71 (using TRL […]