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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Question

We have rubber stair treads on the stairways in our building. After we clean them, we would like to apply a finish to help preserve them. Is there a recommended product to accomplish this and not present a safety hazard during wet conditions?


Answer

Check with the manufacturer as most do not recommend applying finish to their products. On the matter of slippage, a finished tile should not be more of a hazard than an unfinished one. However, add enough moisture from ice and snow and even bare concrete can become slick. For safety, it is a good practice to use lengthy walk-off matting on any stair approach where moisture is evident. Removing it from the feet before they hit the stairs and the slip problem will be lessened considerably.
Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Associate Editor
lekrafft@juno.com