Do you find yourself sometimes gingerly crossing your bathroom floor, hoping to avoid a slip?
You’re not alone. Bathroom floors are prone to becoming slippery. Dripping water and smooth, hard flooring like tile make for a slick combination that puts you and your family at risk for falling.
Luckily, there are some effective solutions that can help keep you and your family safe when walking across the bathroom floor – even when your kids splash gallons of water outside the tub. Here are 3 solutions to put an end to slippery bathroom floors:
1. Mat or Rug
If the problem is localized to the area outside your bath or shower, a quality rubber-bottomed mat or rug can solve the problem. Rugs and mats designed for use in the bathroom are purposefully slip resistant. From designs that look like pebbles to soft, fluffy carpets and mats featuring natural materials like teak or cork, there are an infinity of choices. This makes it easy to select a mat that fits in with your overall decor and design theme.
Similar bath mats can also be placed right in your shower or tub, minimizing your risk of slips and falls upon exiting.
2. Anti-Slip Coating or Surface Modifier
What if you want to eliminate slips and falls everywhere in your bathroom? A more robust approach to addressing your slippery bathroom floor could include the application of an anti-slip coating. You can have this done professionally or do it yourself.
These coatings are usually completely transparent, but may slightly alter the look of your floor. For example, if you had a glossy finished floor, it may appear in more of a matte style finish after the application.
An anti-slip coating is easy to maintain and clean, just like any bathroom floor. However, these coatings aren’t permanent. After years of wear, you may need to reapply the coating.
Surface modifiers are almost the same as coatings in the effect they provide, but the technicalities are different. Instead of adding a coating on top of your floor, surface modifiers add tiny etchings to the floor. This provides more traction, even when the surface is wet. Essentially, surface modifiers use acids to eat away at the floor’s surface in a controlled fashion, creating a slightly rougher surface.
Despite how drastic it sounds, the treatment is barely noticeable to the naked eye. However, you’ll definitely feel the difference when you can walk confidently across the floor, whether it’s wet or dry.
3. New Flooring
As a last option, you might consider ripping up the slippery floor and installing a new, slip-resistance one. While this may be a more costly option, it also provides you the opportunity to change the appearance of your bathroom.
Today, there are many bathroom flooring options, including tile, most of which are specially designed to minimize slips and falls. From laminates to attractive vinyl tiles and natural stone, you can choose a gorgeous new floor that looks great and helps keep your family safe.
The ways to reduce the slipperiness of your bathroom floor range from very affordable and minimally invasive to undergoing a significant renovation. No matter which option you choose, these strategies will help you prioritize your family’s safety by eliminating dangerously slippery bathroom floors.