Were you walking through your house or apartment the other day and noticed that your floors are more slippery than usual? If so, you’re probably scrambling to find out the cause and the solution to this problem.
Several problems cause slippery floors, but the most common issue is most floors are not clean. Some floors are naturally slippery, but there are easy solutions for solving that issue. Watch for that banana peel (grin).
This post will cover the various issues causing the slippery floor problem, what floors are naturally very slick, and what you can do to solve your slippery floor problem.
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Floors That Tend to Be Slippery
First, let’s talk about floors that are naturally slippery. By understanding what floors are slippery in the first place, you can determine if an external factor causes the issue or if your floor is just naturally slippery.
Laminate floors can be slippery. They make laminate floors of synthetic materials, meaning they don’t have the exact ‘grip’ as natural wood or stone. It would be best if you cleaned laminate floors often to reduce dirt and grime build-up, which can make them even more slippery.
Another type of floor that often has issues with being slippery is hardwood floors. Hardwood floors can be deceptive, as they don’t have the exact grip and traction that some other types of flooring do. The finish on hardwood floors often makes them smoother and more slippery, so it’s essential to take extra care when cleaning and maintaining them.
If you have tile floors, you might relate to slippery floors. Tile floors are often very tricky as the grout between them can wear away, making them even more slippery. Regularly cleaning grout would be best to avoid this issue and keep your tile floors from becoming greasy.
Causes of Slippery Floors
Many potential factors could cause your slippery floors. Here are the most common reasons for a slippery floor in your house or apartment.
Type of Floor
Some types of flooring are more naturally slippery than others. As we mentioned, laminate and hardwood floors are slick, as they don’t have the exact natural grip as some other types of flooring.
A slippery floor means it is dirty and needs to be cleaned more often. Dirt, dust, and grime can build up on your floors, making them slippery. Regularly clean your floors to keep them from becoming too slippery.
Spills and Stains
Another common cause of slippery floors is spills or stains left unclean. If you leave liquid or stain on the floor for too long, it can make the surface slippery. Cleaning up spills and stains is essential to prevent this from happening.
Solutions for Slippery Floors
Now that you know what could cause your slippery floors, it’s time to talk about how to fix them. Here are some of the best solutions for solving your tricky floor problem.
The best way to solve a slippery floor problem is to clean your floors deeply. Use a mop and some cleaning solution to eliminate dirt, dust, and any spills or stains that might cause the issue. I often use a vacuum cleaner to pick up any debris left behind after mopping. I could use a broom but it’s much faster. If you can afford it, a Dyson vacuum cleaner is superb.
Rug or Mat Placement
Another great way to fix a slippery floor problem is to place rugs or mats over the affected area. Rugs and carpets provide traction, which can help to keep your floors from becoming too slippery. Investing in some non-slip mats for areas of your home where you walk barefoot is something I would recommend.
If your floor is still slippery after cleaning and placing rugs or mats, waxing it can be a great solution. Wax helps to create a protective layer on the surface that makes it less slick and slippery. It’s important to note that wax can be difficult to remove, so it’s best to use a good quality wax that you can easily scrape off when ready to replace it.
Slippery floors are a common problem in many homes, but the good news is that solutions are available to help make them less slippery. Deep cleaning your floors and regularly cleaning up spills and stains can help reduce the amount of slipperiness on your floors. Placing rugs or mats over the affected area can also provide traction and make it less slippery. Finally, waxing your floors can create a protective layer that helps to make them less slick. By taking these steps, you’ll be able to keep your floors from becoming too slippery, so they look great for years to come.
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John Thompson, Writer and Commentator, EvolutDesign.com
Soldier, writer, researcher, consultant, and bon vivant, John Thompson is the author of numerous columns, op-eds, reports, briefs, short stories and books as the “Felicity Files” and “Spirit Over Steel: A Chronology of the Second World War” (version III). Often found hunched over his computer, or in his garden, and now often found doing both. His diverse talent has led him to work in industries and projects such as energy, security and home construction and renovation.
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