An article in the March 2020 edition of CoatingsPro™ Magazine details how to specify an anti-slip floor coating, specifically a transparent one. (A printable version of the article is also available.) After establishing a reliable method to determine wet slip resistance, the article discusses initial slip resistance safety criteria; durability testing of the coating’s slip resistance; UV resistance; installation variables, and other properties.
A transparent anti-slip coating can allow safe use of any beautiful flooring regardless of its underlying wet slip resistance. With the proper anti-slip floor coating, a floor area can have a high gloss and yet not be slippery when wet, can last for many years, and can bring a classy look to areas that were historically very slippery when wet or otherwise lubricated. This includes commercial, industrial, and domestic properties.
A transparent floor coating that satisfies all the criteria discussed is SparkleTuff™ Anti-Slip Floor Coating from Safety Direct America. It passes the McDonalds Restaurants test for Sustainable Slip Resistance, meaning it will retain its wet slip resistance after roughly 1,000,000 people have walked on it.
Material cost is about $1 per square foot — cheaper than a broken hip! It dries to light foot traffic in 6–8 hours and can be exposed to water after 24 hours. Sizes are available for treating 25 sq ft (8 oz) to 500 sq ft (one gallon). Looks great — no slips!