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A slip and fall incident is bad enough on level ground, but when such an incident occurs on a staircase it can be extremely dangerous. When you need non slip stair treads you'll want to choose the right product for the environment and the material of the stair surface. Today we'll discuss some the of the more common materials used on slippery stair treads, and the application of the anti slip products designed to treat them.

Indoor stairs can be made of a variety of materials:  

  • In office buildings these are typically painted concrete stairs, or a sealed concrete stairs. This surface is satisfactory unless water is tracked onto the treads. Once water is introduced the coefficient of friction can drop to near zero. Yellow warning signs are no substitute for properly treating these stair treads!
  • In the home, indoor hard surface stair treads are often hardwood plank. These surfaces are typically slippery due to the smooth nature of these beautiful materials, and not because of being wet.  

In both of these situations, a coating product in a gloss or matte (optional) is a perfect solution to the problem. Our clear anti slip paint products are available in 4 levels of slip-resistance. SolidStepCote - Level 1Level 1 is a smooth sealant that will be invisible on your hardwood plank stairs, and will provide a coefficient of friction above the industry standard of .60. SolidStepCote - Level 2 contains a fine aggregate to increase the coefficient of friction. It will be clear and will feel similar to a fine grit sandpaper once it has dried. This unique product provides the feel of anti slip tape, but the entire stair tread will be covered with this clear anti skid coating, 

As stated earlier, home stair treads are typically made of beautiful flooring materials and for this application we would recommend our level 1 coating product in a gloss finish. Stair treads in office buildings made of concrete or painted concrete should use level 2 or level 3 to ensure proper slip-resistance for this application. For either situation, we highly recommend using our Bonding Agent to ensure proper adhesion to your stair tread surface.

Applying the Coating Product:

The process of applying the coating product is as simple as painting a bedroom wall. As with painting walls, the key is in preparing the surface properly. You will need some TSP (trisodium phosphate), a few towels, and two (or three) foam paintbrushes and/or a short nap roller to complete the job. Note: The stairs should not be walked on for at least two hours and you should wait 24 hours before exposing them to heavy traffic. One trick we have used to allow folks to continue using the stairs is to treat every other stair first, and then come back and do the opposite stairs the next day. If you can wait 24 hours before allowing heavy traffic, then go ahead and complete on all stairs. Follow these steps to properly apply our coating products on your stairs:

  1. Remove all dust and debris from the stair treads, and clean the surface using TSP. TSP can be found at any local hardware store in the paint area. It comes in powder form and is mixed with water to create a cleaning solution that will not interfere with the adhesion of the coating products. Clean and rinse the stair treads with a clean damp towel to fully remove the TSP, and dry the surface.
  2. Apply the Bonding Agent to the clean and dry stair treads. This product is thin and will set up quickly, so be ready to spread the product over the surface with your foam brush. A thin layer over the entire tread is all that is needed. It will be completely dry and ready for the top coat within 30-45 minutes depending on humidity.
  3. Apply the top coat using a new foam brush. The top coat product will allow more "working time" and will be easy to spread out over the bonding agent. Using long even strokes, lay off the product so that no bubbles or lines are visible. The product will smooth as it dries so minor lines will go away.  
  4. If desired, a second coat will improve coverage of the product and make it last longer. We typically recommend a second coat. After the two hours has passed, apply the second coat with the third foam brush. Again, lay it out smoothly and evenly.

Once the coating product is applied and has dried, you will have non skid stairs! You will immediately notice the difference! Another plus is that those beautiful treads have another layer of protection from scuffs and scratches!

Good luck to you! You can do it!

Email or call us if we can be of any assistance at sales@slipresistantsolutions or 727.507.7777