No More Slips With Faber Safe Floor
Different safety threats face family members at home, or customers and employees in the workplace. With regards to surfaces, this is primarily from slip and fall accidents. It ranges from the reduced friction on highly polished installations, to the slippery conditions that result when the floors are wet. Weather elements can add to these risks, such as when it is raining or snowy, where more moisture or ice ends up being transferred into the indoor space. Too little traction between the soles of people’s shoes and the surface being walked on throws them off balance. Other causes include issues like damaged surfaces, loose rugs, unanchored mats and improper footwear, or even lack of sufficient employee training where workers make mistakes when using equipment or procedural blunders like applying too much of a chemical on the floor. Improper chemical usage such that films or residue are left on the surface can also cause these accidents. Each of the scenarios has its required mitigation factors. The Faber Safe Floor comes in as a solution that boosts traction levels, to avoid slip and fall accidents.
Walk with Confidence
The water-based Faber Safe Floor is a non-slip treatment that gives your surfaces more grip. Increasing the coefficient of friction adds to the traction available on the surfaces that are worked on. The formulation achieves this through the microerosions that are created. While they are too small to be seen by the naked eye, they deliver on their mandate of giving you more solid footing, and even increasing water-run off when the surface is wet. That way slip accidents are avoided, whether one is walking barefoot, with shoes, sandals or other kinds of footwear. The Faber Safe Floor achieves this effect without creating a film on the surface, and the non-slip attributes get to last for long.
This formulation has been particularly developed for increasing grip on granite installations, ceramics, natural and textured porcelain stoneware, as well as siliceous materials. These surfaces are notorious for being slippery, especially when wet, resulting in numerous cases of accidents. Treating them with the Faber Safe Floor leaves them with superior non-slip attributes since the product will act chemically on the surface directly. You can use the formulation on indoor and outdoor surfaces.
The affordable price of the Faber Safe Floor comes in handy to reduce the overall costs that go into the building care and maintenance budget. It has an application rate of 10-15m²/L, ensuring that you achieve adequate coverage with each litre of product. The cost savings that you get from avoiding medical bills that would have resulted due to slip and fall accidents, or the liabilities that businesses face when customers or employees in the facility get injured, add to the economic value that you obtain from using this product. During the application, remember to protect the adjacent areas that are not being treated.
How To Use The Faber Safe Floor
This can be broken down into three distinct stages:
- Surface cleaning and preparation
Start by thoroughly washing the surface. You don’t want any dust or dirt being trapped under the formulation being applied, as this will impede its functionality. Allow the surface to dry as much as possible before treating it with the product.
Any existing treatment needs to be removed. These are the likes of wax and resins, as these would interfere with the bonding process as well. The Faber Safe Floor needs to come into direct contact with the bare surface.
- The Faber Safe Floor should not be applied on overly heated surfaces or those exposed to direct sunlight. The surface temperature should be between n 5 and 40°C
- If you’re dealing with tiles or grout that have been recently laid, first allow the adhesives used to cure before application.
Start by testing out the product on a section of the floor – preferably a hidden area. Here, you want to see the optimal time intervals for contact needed to give your particular surface optimal non-slip properties, without altering the appearance of the floor. This is because there is a wide range of materials with varying properties – including the composition of the structure, its resistance and surface hardness. Different properties means that there will be different contact times required.
Carrying out the pretest will enable you to measure how long will be ideal for your particular installation. Ensure that you have thoroughly rinsed the surface after applying the product, that way there won’t be any residue giving you an incorrect picture of the final result. Observe how the floor performs in wet conditions. Press down it your fingertips to simulate the action of a person walking on the area to see if there is sufficient grip – then compare this with the sections that have not been treated.
Usually, the optimal contact time is between 15 to 60 minutes. Note that this is just a guideline – the time that your specific surface will need should be determined by the pretest described above.
- Product application
- Apply the product onto the floor with the preferred tool. The Faber Safe Floor comes ready to use, and you won’t need to mix it with any other chemical, or even dilute it. Spread the product abundantly onto the surface.
- Give it sufficient contact time, as determined by the test in stage 2 above. During this period, the surface should be evenly covered with a layer of the Faber Safe Floor, and remain wet all through. You can add more product or redistribute it if needed.
- Remove the excess product. Here you can use equipment like a liquid vacuum cleaner.
- Rinse the area with plenty of clean water.
After the rinsing, the area can be opened up to foot traffic. Even when the surface is wet, the traction that is provided by the Faber Safe Floor will take away the risk of fall accidents.
- Timing the application to coincide with the coolest sections of the day will result in better bonding between the treatment and the floor being worked on. In line with this, avoid working on the flooring during those periods when it is directly exposed to sunlight.
- The product should never be applied on wet surfaces.