Banishing Slick Surfaces
This article is in response to a question posed by one of our readers about reducing slipping in the bathroom. The simplest answer would be to not install slick surfaces in your bathroom or purchase a rubber bath mat.
If you already have slick stone or tile flooring in your bathroom using one of the following surface treatments may reduce the slickness of your stone surfaces. You can also install Saftey Tread over your slick tile (clear or black) $6 a sheet. The other alternative is to go online and purchase Johnny Grip from http://www.slipperytile.com/
You can get this one at Home Depot. All Stone Surface Sealer. STONE SPRAY-N-SEAL®: is a water-based penetrating sealer that protects natural stone surfaces from staining. It is wonderful for stone countertops, floors, walls, vanities and even grout.
This below surface sealer is also ideal for sealing all types of masonry, stucco, concrete and sanded grout. It has a special blend of polymers that bond to the stone and creates a water and oil repellant membrane to prevent staining, yet it allows the stone to breathe and release moisture vapors.
It is safe for interior and exterior use and is UL Classified for slip resistance. Safe to use on food-handling areas. (HD Number:8 oz 823-250)
Not too sure about this one but its worth looking into. EasyStone tile/stone sealant – Manufacturer Rustoleum. Comes in a clear, matte or gloss finish. It offers great adhesion without sanding, so it’s the ideal primer for nearly any job.
The “bond coat” primer is ideal for hard-to-stick surfaces like old glossy paints and clear finishes, metal, fiberglass, PVC, composites –even glass & tile. Takes 24hrs to dry redo every six months to a year depending upon traffic use. Price: $27 – 2 Litre bucket
This one has potential. Duncan (mainly used for decks but we were told it can be used on tile and stone in your bathroom. Roll it on. Comes in clear or opaque. Takes 2-3 hours to dry. Price: $27 for 4 Litre (1gallon) pail.
Natural Stone Sealant
You can get this one at Rona. AQUAMIX SEALERS CHOICE GOLD is a premium, no-sheen, natural-look, water-based penetrating sealer formulated to provide maximum stain protection, especially in food preparation and serving areas.
May also be used as a pre-grouting sealer over clean stone surfaces a minimum of 1 hour prior to grouting. Allows moisture vapor transmission.
It is also an excellent grout sealer. Uses: Use on all natural stone (such as marble, granite, slate, travertine, and limestone), porcelain, quarry, saltillo, terra cotta, cement pavers, masonry surfaces, and other porous tile and grout where a natural look is desired.
Effective for interior and exterior applications. Coverage: Approximately 300 to 1,500 sq. ft. per coat per gallon, depending on type of stone, porosity and texture of surface, temperature, humidity and method of application.
Expected Wear: Will vary depending on hardness and texture of surface, type of area, surface wear, frequency and type of maintenance products used. Expected wear is up to 15 years.
Extreme weather conditions, harsh cleaning methods and high-alkaline or solvent-based cleaners will affect wear. This product can be sponged on for a low sheen slip resistant finish. Price: $18 1-Litre bucket.
We called these stores and talked to their customer service reps, so it is the opinions of these clerks that the above mentioned products are slip resistant tile and stone sealants. It would be in your best interest to go into the stores and talk to a professional to see if these products are right for your bathroom use.