When wet, the concrete floor can be very slippery and dangerous. Also, if the concrete surface is super smooth, polished, or dense it can be quite dangerous.
Making a not slippery painted concrete surface is not a big deal. Apply a layer of not slip concrete sealer or add not slip additives or silica sand to the sealer before sealing. On the other hand, if the concrete is already sealed adding a layer of slip-resistant paint or not slip strips will do the job.
In this brief article, I will provide to you tried and tested methods proven to be easy that will help you avoid slipping on your concrete.
Usually, most homeowners start with an anti-slip sealer. Penetrative sealers work their magic below the surface and they are not changing the texture of the surface. These sealers penetrate the porous surface of the concrete and react underneath, making it strong within.
These sealers do not change the surface in any way from the outside so you can walk on the sealer coating as if you are walking directly on the concrete with the confidence that you will not slip anytime.
A water repellent sealer is also an option for purpose of making not slippery surface. Many of these sealers reduce surface water absorption by about 95%, leaving the surface resistant to snow, frost, and rain. You will prevent your family and your guests in the first place, and your concrete will be protected from the usual wear and tear brought by weather elements.
If you are not satisfied with how the sealer alone has done the job, there are several non-slip additives available. These non-slip additives are available for buying in the same stores as the sealer. Depending on how much traction you need the slippery surface to have, you can purchase a fine or coarse option.
According to some previous experiences from people, adding elements like aluminum oxide grit to the sealer will make a huge difference. The material is easily available and works with most types of sealers. It is available in multiple colors, so you can pick from a wide range without compromising the look of your concrete surface. This additive is budget-friendly and provides heavy coverage.
You can use silica on top of your wet concrete sealer. After putting the silica sand layer, place the second coat of concrete sealer on top of it and you instantly have a finish that makes your concrete not slippery. It is important to know that the sand may give your concrete sealant a cloudy or milky look, but it will help you avoid getting hurt.
This is a good option for your outdoor concrete surfaces like patio, steps, garage floor, driveway, or any other surface that you want to make secure and is not inside your home. It is not recommended for indoor use because it is not the most aesthetic way of making the concrete less slippery. But it is definitely the easy way with a high effective rate. There are stick-on, non-slip strips available in hardware stores that you can apply to your concrete surface.
An important thing to know about these strips is that the recommended temperature to apply is around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure that the concrete is clean and dry before sticking them on.
Hydrochloric or Muriatic Acid
You can treat the slippery concrete surfaces with a 25% solution of muriatic acid and make them rougher. Muriatic acid will eat away the top layer and expose the sand that was mixed into the concrete. Because of this exposure concrete surface will become slightly rough and will resemble sandpaper. Your slippery concrete floor will become a skid safe floor even when it gets wet.
Make sure to wear safety goggles, rubber gloves, and protective clothing when applying this method.
Prime and Paint
Prime and paint your concrete floor again, but this time mix some grit additives to the paint to make it not slippery. Clear grit will do the same job as the silica sand with the difference that it will not make the concrete sealer look cloudy.
To get the best results just follow the recommended proportions and add them to the paint as instructed. Sand and sawdust are quite effective grit additives, but lately, there is a newer material sold especially to make concrete less slippery, is much lighter, and mixes with paint more easily. If you face any problems during your paint job, consult our guide to help you remove paint from concrete.
According to some contractors, using color hardeners is an effective method of making the painted concrete surface not slippery. Even if you simply throw the hardener on, you will notice the benefits and heavy coverage it can provide. Depending on weather conditions sometimes is a better option than putting a polymer grit additive in the concrete sealer.
The color hardener does not show as prominently on the surface as a polymer grit would. It is also far more durable than the sealer, which is important because as soon as the sealer breaks down, the additive has to be lifted off as well to make sure no slip happens. With this color hardener technique, you will not have the same problem.
Adding a rock salt to the cement before it cures is another easy solution to make concrete not slippery. Rock salt can also add texture and an attractive finish to your concrete floor. All you have to do is to sprinkle rock salt all over the wet concrete and then smooth it with the trowel. The salt on the surface can be easily washed away when the concrete is cured completely.
Better quality concrete
Lay down the best quality concrete that you can find. If the concrete is durable and the paint job is through just a thin layer of sealer can be enough to avoid an accidental slip. The more decorative the sealer is, along with the grit additives the greater the chances of sealant failure are. Sealer is used to make concrete stronger not to be the reason for the concrete’s weakness.
Tips for making concrete floor less slippery
Here are some tips for you that can help you on a day to day basis to make the concrete floor less slippery without grit additives:
Clean the surface regularly
Many believe that dirt and debris can add a slight grip to the concrete surface, making it less slippery. But the truth is the other way around. Clean concrete surfaces are less slippery, so clean the concrete floor as regularly as possible.
Use carpets, rugs, and etc.
This of course is not always possible, but laying down a carpet, a rug, or some sort of absorptive material, can significantly reduce the risk of slipping.
These will offer a surface with more grip, so the only challenge is making sure the carpet doesn’t move around or slip on the actual concrete.
“Dry” the floor
As we already know concrete floor becomes even more slippery when it’s wet. Avoid concrete surfaces when it rains, and if it is possible to dry the concrete floor as soon as possible after the rain or heavy storm.