Anti-Slip

Anti-Slip

Kew Gardens

 

 

 

 

Before and after pictures of our client’s floor! 

We used our tried and tested anti-slip floor restoration, using our 5-part process, which transformed both the appearance and safety of the floors overnight.

Overnight improvement seen at the site address.

Floor in ticket office before the process
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Pass an Anti-Slip Test!

Anti-slip testing conducted by an independent body on site showed our process changed the floor from a failed reading to a high pass reading.  

Anti-Slip Test Reading Before Application  Anti-Slip Test Reading After Application 
Dry Conditions  50 67
Wet Conditions  25 52

The pass mark is ≥42 when wet. Our process made the floor less slippery in both dry and wet conditions, and ensured the floor passed an anti-slip test which it would’ve previously failed.  This was thus a successful ‘test’ area for our client, who then went on to have the complete areas treated. 

 

Why carry this work out? 

  • Application of TLT Anti-Slip increases the friction coefficient of the floor, making the floor less slippery and meaning that preventative measures have been completed to minimise risk of slips and falls. 
  • The process has been independently validated to show that the process increases the slip resistance of a station Terrazzo floor, when wet, from 25 to 52.  Pass mark when wet is >42.
  • Ensures that all has been done by the operator of the station to ensure safety of customers. 
  • Restores the appearance of floor, making the station look well maintained for both customers and staff. 
  • It improves access for those with limited mobility, walking stick and frame users as well as wheelchair/mobility scooters, as floors will be less slippery. 
  • Regular maintenance enables a more speedy restoration process, meaning an overnight clean can be done if required.

 

The development of TLT Anti-Slip Product 

Following an instruction from a customer to professionally clean and treat the entire floors on site, to make the floor less slippery and to improve the overall appearance, we decided that even though the professional clean saw improvements, we could further improve on these results.  

We researched and decided that a combination of a professional clean and application of an anti-slip product, coupled with the speedy drying of the floor, using our own drying equipment, optimises the outcome and time required, negating the need often to close your office/site/business. 

Anti-Slip Product Number Anti-Slip Results Before Application  Anti-Slip Results After Application 
Product 1 WET 25, DRY 50 WET 50, DRY 66
Product 2 WET 25, DRY 50 WET 44, DRY 68
Product 3 WET 25, DRY 50 WET 52, DRY 67
Product 4 WET 25, DRY 50 WET 31, DRY 67
Product 5 WET 25, DRY 50 WET 27, DRY 62

Pass Mark When Wet = ≥42 

 

From these results, we then tested Products 1-3 again, and the results were as follows; 

Anti-Slip Product Number Anti-Slip Results Before Application  Anti-Slip Results After Application 
Product 1 WET 25, DRY 50 WET 52, DRY 69
Product 2 WET 25, DRY 50 WET 56, DRY 69
Product 3 WET 25, DRY 50 WET 53, DRY 69

Pass Mark When Wet = ≥42

 

From these results we have chosen product 3, because this averaged to be the best anti-slip results across the testing, but also as importantly showed to also be the most consistent product. Following on from this, we have worked with this company and have developed our own TLT Anti-Slip Product

Anti-Slip Testing by Independent Body.
Colour Improvement Seen.

Conclusion

This is a 5 part process that requires expertise and specialist equipment to ensure the correct application and extraction of the product.  

We can offer this solution to all businesses on an ad-hoc basis or via an ongoing maintenance programme where we would establish a bespoke maintenance plan required, bearing in mind usage/traffic (and initially the floor’s existing state until the programme begins).

We would love to hear from you regarding your requirements.  Call or email us to discuss further so that we can meet you to offer a full, free on site survey and quotation.

Following the successful test patches completed overnight, we were then instructed to carry out a complete clean and treatment to the entire floors…..

1. Cleaning of the floor

Using our high performance extraction machines, water and cleaning product were equally applied across the site floor and extracted at 100°c into a recovery tank. This ensures all contaminants are removed from the site floor before the restoration process is started. 

This is vital as it allows the TLT Anti-Slip product to perform most effectively, as the product will be working on the site floor itself, rather than being compromised by any remaining contaminants. This method is far superior to the ‘mop and bucket’ method, which simply moves contaminants around the floor, rather than remove them.  

2. Drying of the site Floor

Once the floor was completely cleaned, specialist drying equipment was installed to speed the drying process, reducing time on site and meaning that works can be completed out of hours, when the business was closed.

Floor in ticket office before the process
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3. Application of TLT Anti-Slip Product 

The product used is a mild acid solution that when applied creates thousands of microscopic holes in the floor being treated, thus increasing the floor’s friction coefficient which makes the floor less slippery and users less prone to slips and falls.  

A test patch was carried out on the day of application, establishing the optimal dwell time that the product should be left on the floor. 

There is variation due to the amount of traffic throughput, as well as the existing condition of the floor. 

Also, the amount of product to be used was calculated using SQM size of floor being treated. 

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4. Extraction of TLT Anti-Slip Product 

Once the calculated optimal dwell time has elapsed, it was vital that the solution was neutralised and extracted quickly. 

To do this we used our high performance extraction machines.

This ensured the entire product was extracted from the floors and collected in recovery tanks allowing the product to be disposed of safely. 

Again as part of the extraction process the floors were cleaned again at 100°c.

Extraction of TLT Anti-Slip Product and Cleaning of Site Floor.

5. Final Drying of Station Floor 

Our drying equipment was used once again to thoroughly dry the surface of the floor, ensuring the  floor is left both clean, restored and dry, complying with any company’s H & S requirements. 

For us, at TLT, it gives us pride and complete peace of mind, knowing we have left the site both restored, less slippery and in a dry state, making it immediately accessible to both customers and staff.

This last picture shows the end product – a non-slip, restored and dry floor.

Drying of the Site Floor.
Drying of the Site Floor.
Drying of the Site Floor.