Is Polished Concrete Slippery When Wet?

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Polished concrete is known for its beauty, durability and ease of maintenance, making it popular for both commercial and residential applications but the most common question about polished concrete is whether it will become slippery when wet. Let’s examine this concern and take a moment to look at the issue.

The Nature of Polished Concrete

Polished concrete is produced by the process of grinding, honing and polishing the surface of the concrete floor to give it a smooth and shiny appearance This process involves layers of grit and is usually made by applying hardeners(densifiers) and sealers to enhance its strength and appearance. The result is a surface that looks like marble or terrazzo but is made of concrete.

The Slippery When Wet Myth

The idea that polished concrete is inherently slippery when wet is somewhat false. While it’s true that polished concrete can be smoother than other flooring materials, its slipperiness depends primarily on several factors:

  1. Sealer Type: The choice of sealer used on polished concrete can significantly affect its slip resistance. A slip-resistant sealer or anti-slip additives can be applied to reduce slipperiness when the floor is wet.
  2. Surface Texture: The level of polish and surface texture can also impact slip resistance. A highly polished surface may be more slippery than one with a less reflective finish.
  3. Maintenance: Regular maintenance, such as cleaning with appropriate products and maintaining a dry surface, can help prevent slipperiness.
  4. Footwear: The type of footwear worn by people on the polished concrete floor can influence slipperiness. Shoes with good traction are less likely to slip.

Improving Slip Resistance

To address concerns about polished concrete being slippery when wet, there are steps you can take:

  1. Choose the Right Sealer: Opt for a sealer with slip-resistant properties or add anti-slip additives during the sealing process.
  2. Surface Finish: Consider a less polished finish or a surface texture that offers better traction, especially in areas prone to moisture.
  3. Regular Maintenance: Keep the floor clean and dry to prevent the buildup of moisture or contaminants that can make it slippery.
  4. Use Rugs and Mats: Place rugs or mats in areas where moisture is more likely to be present, such as entryways or kitchens.

In conclusion, while polished concrete can be smooth, it does not have to be slippery when wet. By choosing the right type, adjusting the finish, and using good maintenance, you can enjoy the benefits of polished concrete without worrying about slipping.

To talk to us about installing polished concrete in wet areas of your home call Glen in the North Island (including Auckland, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Hamilton, Cambridge, Taupo, and Wellington), 021-434-199. If you’re in the South Island (covering Queenstown, Lakes, Dunedin, and Invercargill), contact Mike at 027-281-8815. For general inquiries or a callback, please send an email, and our Sales Manager Ian will be in touch shortly.


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