Anti Slip Floor Treatment
FCS Specialty Services Ltd. can turn your slippery kitchen floor, pool deck, bathtub or institution floor into a safe, efficient one. Our Anti-Slip Floor Treatment creates an invisible, microscopic tread on the surface of your floor, making it less slippery. Since the Anti-Slip Floor Treatment is not a coating or sealant, there is no chemical residue or curing time. The floor can be used safely immediately after the application process is complete, with no down time. Complies with coefficient of friction requirements for ANSI, OSHA, ADA, Canadian and U.S. Government industrial safety standards.
What is the Anti-Slip Floor Treatment?
The Anti-Slip Floor Treatment ( code: FC1115) is a proprietary chemical compound that reacts with the top microscopic layer of many mineral surfaces such as ceramic and porcelain tile, natural stone, terrazzo, and concrete. This chemical reaction transforms the surface pores of the natural mineral surface into millions of microscopic suction cups. When the floor gets wet, these suction cups dramatically increase the slip resistance of the floor. The wetter the floor, the more effective the slip-resistance.
What is slip resistance?
Slip resistance friction or traction is the resistance to lateral movement caused by the contact between two surfaces. Slipperiness= Too little friction. Dividing the horizontal force by the vertical force (weight), we get a number, “The Coefficient of Friction”.
What is the coefficient of friction?
Coefficient of friction (COF) refers to a measurement based on the force of friction a surface has. The measurement ranges from 0 – 1.0. The higher the measurement the more friction there is on the surface and the less slippery it is.
When the coefficient of friction is measured from a resting position, it is called the “Static Coefficient of Friction” (SCOF). When it is measured when the surfaces are in relative motion, it is called the “Dynamic Coefficient of Friction” (DCOF).
Measuring the SCOF or DCOF can be achieved through the use of portable measuring devices or strict laboratory environment testing. The higher the coefficient of friction (COF), the less slippery the surface.
Is it a finish or a coating?
You should not confuse our Anti-Slip Floor Treatment with floor coatings and finishes, with non slip formulation characteristics. Our Anti -Slip Floor Treatment chemically reacts with ceramic and porcelain tile, natural stone, terrazzo, concrete and porcelain bathtubs to increase the SCOF of a natural mineral surface. The most important feature of our Anti-slip Floor Treatment is the increase in friction when the floor has water on it. The increase of the co-efficient rating on wet tile, concrete or stone can be improved by 30-70%. Since the treatment is not a coating, upon completion of the application, the treated floor areas may be open to foot traffic immediately. (No cure time)
Why Anti-Slip your floor?
- Prevent human suffering and possibly premature death that too often results from complications of surgery and infection after a fall on a slippery floor
- Avoid costly, time-consuming slip and fall lawsuits
- Minimize liability insurance premiums, workers’ compensation costs and production losses
- Increase customer confidence and employee productivity
- Comply with industry standards and local building codes, which require anti-slip floor surfaces
Will the treatment harm the floor?
The Anti-Slip Treatment is not a harsh acid etching process. Traditional acid etching involves Muriatic Acid or Hydrochloric Acid in the application and can only be done a few times before it compromises the floor’s integrity . Our Anti-Slip Floor treatment is safe to use numerous times and it will not harm the integrity of the floor.
What surfaces is the Anti-Slip Treatment useful on?
You can use the treatment on concrete, ceramic, mosaic, granite, terrazzo, quarry tile, slate, porcelain, porcelain/enamel tubs, shower stalls and other stone or mineral surfaces. Not suitable for synthetic tile or coated surfaces.
Where do we use the treatment?
The application has been successful in hotels, restaurants, swimming pool decks, supermarkets, hospitals, nursing homes, garages, factories, food processing plants, health clubs, shopping malls, office buildings, bathroom floors, bathtubs, showers and staircases. The treatment is useful both indoors and outdoors. Please contact us for references that may apply to your industry.
How long will the treatment last?
The life cycle of the treatment will depend on may factors. However, we recommend that the floor should be for re-treatment every 1-3 years. The best way to determine when the floor will need reapplication is is to have the floor’s static coefficient of friction measured annually. FCS Specialty Services provides on site slip meter readings and a report to monitor the static coefficient of friction.
The effective life of the treatment is dependent on:
- The type of floor material
- Floor cleaning practices and floor maintenance program
- The frequency and type of traffic the floor surface receives
What is the business owners’ responsibility?
In many instances, it is the business owners’ responsibility to prove that they “exercised reasonable care in the maintenance of the premises under the circumstances…business premises should be aware of the potentially hazardous conditions that arise from the way in which they conduct their business.” (Quote – Florida Supreme Court) “Slippery when wet” floor signs do not protect an establishment against litigation. They merely indicate that the owners recognize that they have a dangerous, slippery floor and have chosen not to correct the problem.
When we finish the application process we can conduct a Slip Meter Reading and give you a report showing that the business has done its due diligence.