Slippery tile floor in shower

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by SkyJan, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. SkyJan

    SkyJan New Member

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    Our ceramic tile shower floor is slippery when taking a shower. Using a mat with suction cups is not a satisfactory solution. I have seen a couple of products advertised on the internet that are supposed to solve the problem by etching the tile to roughen up the surface a bit. But these products are only available on line and no one in this are seems to know anything about how effective they might be.
    What would you recommend?
    Thanks for any advice.
    SJ
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    You used the wrong tile for the floor. Etching the surface might make them less slippery, but it could also create a coarse unglazed surface which will allow dirt to become imbedded in the "pores" created.
  3. SkyJan

    SkyJan New Member

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    The tile shower was put in by a tile contractor. Tile showers, countertops and floors is his specialty. I just assumed he would do the right thing. Wouldn't it be un-ethical for him to put in the wrong tile? I don't know, we are just ordinary John Doe home owners not educated in such things.

    Have you heard of this product called Johny Grip which is supposed to be especially made for tile? It's an etching type product I believe.

    If you don't recommend this type product, what about the stick-on products?

    Or would there be a better solution?

    Thanks
    SJ
  4. SteveW

    SteveW DIY Senior Member

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    In commercial properties with marble floors, like an office lobby, they use special floor treatments that, although they give tile floors a nice shine, actually have anti-slip properties. I would wonder if you couldn't get something similar for your shower tiles.

    I did a web search on "non slip shower tile" and found a number of products such as this, which don't actually etch the tiles. Here's one site:

    http://www.ndclean.com/noslipsystems.html

    I have not actually used any of these products so can't attest to how well they work or how long they last.
  5. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    Can we assume that you picked out the tile?? If you chose a wall tile for the floor, he or the tile store should have steered you straight. If you do have a shower floor tile, but it is still too slippery for you, go to see a good tile store for recommendations.
  6. tilelayher

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    Tile for shower floors is usually a mosaic type 2x2 or 4x4 hand set (meaning the 2x2 is on a mesh sheet and the larger isn't). All tile for shower floors should be a matte finish this makes it less slippery and suitable for the wet environment. Sounds like you may have a glossy tile in your shower the tile store should have informed you before you made your purchase about the specifics of the tile.
  7. pspman222

    pspman222 DIY Junior Member

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    I had a similar problem and I ordered product online at http://www.slipdoctors.com and had a non slip shower after treatment. Great product.
  8. SkyJan

    SkyJan New Member

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    How long ago since you applied this product? I'm wondering if it lasts over the long-haul or if it needs to be reapplied or...?
  9. SkyJan

    SkyJan New Member

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    So in view of my present situation, what would you recommend?
  10. SkyJan

    SkyJan New Member

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    Has anyone had experience with the stick-on products?
  11. johnfrwhipple

    johnfrwhipple Bathroom Design & Build - North Vancouver, B.C.

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  12. SkyJan

    SkyJan New Member

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    I'm wondering how long now since you've used the slipdoctors product? I understand from some that there is a question as to whether or not these products work over the long haul.How has it been for you?
  13. SkyJan

    SkyJan New Member

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    Thank you for this thread. I will be checking out the websites mentioned.
  14. SkyJan

    SkyJan New Member

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    I continue to be interested in the stick-on strips as well. Has anyone had actual experience with it on tile and specific info as to what might be a good brand or type to use?
  15. pspman222

    pspman222 DIY Junior Member

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    SlipDoctors - AntiSlip Treatment

    They guarantee the product to last 2 years if they install it. I would expect it to last at least that long. Did you every purchase anything?

    http://www.slipdoctors.com
  16. johnny316

    johnny316 New Member

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    I tried Slip doctors and it was slippery after 3 applications. It just does not work dont waste your money. They refunded me. Try Sure step by Interlake Chemicals.
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