Maintaining slip resistance on new smooth floor surfaces

October 5th, 2018 | Cleaning Tips

Slippery Tiles – What makes tiles slippery & how to fix them

There are three reasons why tiled floors get slippery.

The best thing is to take a forensic look at the situation and decide which of these three aspects are in play and then create a solution for it.

1. Tile surface

Some tiles are simply too smooth for the application. There are limited opportunities for resolution on this one.

2. Detergent residue

Detergent residue occurs extremely often. Sometimes it can be quite “invisible”, other times it displays itself as “greying” often on low corners or edges of tiles. Auto scrubber tyre tracks on tiles are also an indication. Mostly it is alkaline residue from frequent maintenance cleaning regimes. However, the chemical residue can also be acidic if an acid cleaner has been frequently used.

3. Fatty acids, oils, grease

This is also a prime cause of slippery tiles and is mostly found in commercial kitchens and sports change rooms. It is caused by incorrect cleaning products or methods being used. Sometimes the chemical makes it worse in that it partially emulsifies the fatty acids and creates a sticky surface which attracts more soiling but becomes like an ice rink when wet.

The best way to test is to clean two separate tiles

Clean one tile with Tile & Grout Cleaner Pro (alkaline) at 1:10 and the other with Tile & Grout Restore (acidic) at 1:10 and scrub briefly with two white pads. Rinse well. Assess which tile responds best to the treatment. If the Tile & Grout Cleaner Pro worked best, then fatty acids and oil is likely the issue. If Tile & Grout Restore worked best then the detergent residue is likely the issue.

In conclusion

It is important to get down to the base tile. And using the Tile & Grout Restore and Tile & Grout Cleaner Pro as mentioned above, is the best way to do it. However, on a deep clean like this, you must rinse thoroughly with clean water to ensure no residues remain.

Following the deep-clean, the tiles should then be maintained with Tile & Grout Cleaner Pro (or LF) at 1:100. If stronger dilutions are used then a separate clean water rinse must be done.

Once a month switch to Tile & Grout Restore at 1:100. This will remove any detergent residue build-up and any water salts build-up.


Related Posts

Removing oil stains concept
Read more

How to remove oil spots from concrete and stone surfaces

Oil stains are an unsightly addition to any porous surface. Download PDF article here Whether it be concrete, natural stone [...]

Read more
Read more


All your questions regarding efflorescence answered in one handy article. Let’s start with the word itself. How do we [...]

Read more
Urine decontamination blog post
Read more

A comprehensive guide to urine decontamination

Everything that you need to know about treating urine stains on carpets and fabrics all comprehensively covered in one awesome [...]

Read more
blueprint for post covid 19
Read more

The blueprint for post-covid-19 hygiene

Cleaning and hygiene is finally getting the attention that it so rightly deserves. For decades, we have given very little [...]

Read more
By using this website, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the Privacy Policy. It appears you're using an old version of Internet Explorer which is no longer supported, for safer and optimum browsing experience please upgrade your browser.