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How to Make a Tiled Shower Floor Less Slippery: 4 Simple Methods

We outline a range of DIY solutions for slippery shower floors

Slipping Hazards in Showers

Falling or slipping is a common risk in tiled showers. This is due to the combination of:

  1. Water
  2. Soap
  3. Smoothness of tiled surface
  4. Hardness of tiled surface.

Tiled showers that are not prepared against these hazards remain dangerous for all users.

Furthermore, there are secondary hazards within showers, such as glass panes that combine with the slipping hazard.

These risks can be reduced significantly by addressing the smoothness of the tiled floor.

How to Make a Tiled Shower Floor Less Slippery

1. Apply an Anti-Slip Formula

In order to make tiled bathroom floors less slippery, the anti-slip floor safety treatment Slip Grip is an ideal method.

Slip Grip is a liquid that is brushed onto slippery tiles left for 10 minutes and then wiped off. The liquid etches the smooth surface on a very fine level, which gives it a texture similar to fine sandpaper. Once applied, the surface will have a safe level grip, when dry or wet.

Slip Grip can be applied multiple times to increase grip further. It will work on all tile surfaces from ceramic to all stone types, and other masonry as well.

The entire tiled surface can be treated in this way, leaving no slippery sections and minimal cosmetic or physical alterations to the floor. It is a long-term treatment and very safe to use.

Another advantage of Slip Grip is that whilst other methods of adding grip to the surface can require maintenance, such as cleaning or replacing floor grips, mats or adhesive grip strips (which we will outline later), Slip Grip is applied once. It also does not create uneven surfaces to trip on within the shower.

Non-masonry surfaces such as plastics and bathtubs, will not work with Slip Grip.

We recommend it as the most reliable, simple and long term solution to making the tiled floor less slippery.

Click here for more information about Slip Grip.

2. Floor Grip Mats

Rubber, vinyl or plastic floor grip mats are a common sight in bathrooms. They consist of an underside with suction cups that stick on the floor and a textured, high-grip topside to stand on.

They are highly effective and simple at overcoming the problem of slippery tiles, and can be used on virtually any bathroom surface like polymers, wood or masonry.

Easy to find online or in retail outlets, floor grip mats can be a simple solution in this area.

There are some considerations with using grip mats.

  • They present an uneven surface which can potentially be tripped on.
  • This significantly-altered surface can also be aesthetically undesirable.
  • Floor grip mats are less hygienic, as they accumulate soap and general shower grime which requires ongoing cleaning as well. When not totally clean, bacteria and mould will grow on and under their surface and the irregular shape of the mat is difficult to clean thoroughly.
  • Floor grip mats will wear out over time and need replacing. This will cost money and becomes waste for landfill.
  • Floor mats, when damaged or not properly installed, can slide underfoot.

Shower floor grip mats are also available in natural materials which are more visually appealing and will biodegrade. Some can be found with anti-bacterial additives. Many of the other considerations remain, however.

3. Adhesive Strips

Anti-slip floor adhesive strips are strips of traction tape that can be stuck onto the shower tile surface.

Application is simple, and the rough top surface provides grip in wet or dry conditions. There is less of an alteration to the surface than floor grip mats, but more alteration than Slip Grip. They do not need removal and cleaning in the same way that grip mats require, however they do wear out and need frequent replacing.

Anti-slip adhesive strips can be cut to the right size and dimensions of the surface to leave no slippery areas.

The rough surface can be uncomfortable for some people, so find the right degree of roughness for you.

4. Grip Bars

Whilst not making the shower floor less slippery, grip bars can be added to the shower walls in addition to the floor grip options outlined above. They are important for less-mobile users but will require substantial knowledge or professional work to install.

Grip bars are metal bars that can be screwed into the wall structure of the shower as something to hold onto and stabilise when moving in the shower area. Common in places where users have less mobility, grip bars are an option that may suit some showers.

Conclusion

There is a range of minor modifications available to tiled shower floors to make them safer and more accessible for all users. It is well worth incorporating slippery floor treatments at least to ensure accidents are less likely to occur.

Concrete Protection Company
Concrete Protection Company
Concrete Protection Company (CPC) is an Australian-owned and operated company which specialises in high-quality solutions in masonry protection. Our objective is to offer high-quality, reliable, long-lasting and easy to use products to help maintain your masonry surfaces.

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