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New article – top tips to prevent flooring accidents

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top tips to prevent flooring accidents

Flooring accidents mainly slips, falls and slides are common at home and at the work place because of poor flooring maintenance and not enough attention to flooring safety. In most cases the results will amount to a light bruise which will disappear after a few days, however for the elderly, those with a walking disability and even for light slips under some circumstances the results might prove far more serious. The aim of this article is to help you implement an effective floor safety regime that saves you time, saves you money and reduces slip accidents.   

Think safety – If you are aiming to make your work space flooring safer, one of the best and straightforward recommendations is to clean the floor when the premises is empty. By doing so you will greatly reduce the likelihood of accidental slips.  

Prevention – Always match the right floor with the right audience. When choosing the floor for your home or work place, ask yourself which material is the safest for your needs and the type of foot traffic the floor will cope with. While laminate, wood flooring and even carpets might look fantastic, other materials such as tile PVC flooring with anti-slip technology will prove extremely grippe making it a more sensible choice.

Be Prepared – In some cases you might have inherited a certain type of flooring from the previous tenants which does not meet your audience. In places where you have recognised areas which have a high likelihood of becoming slippery such as the outside of a washroom area, consider using anti slip add-ons such as self adhesive safety tapes and grippe mats to cover parts of the floor and make it safer.

Cleanliness – A few types of floor coatings might be more receptive to becoming a slippery surface leading to an unsafe environment, especially when poor maintenance is applied. In addition, use of low grade cleaning chemicals and those with oily residue properties might make the floor slippery. In many cases there’s really no need for cleaning chemicals, regular mopping with a damp mop will work for most floors, however if you do decide to use chemicals make sure that the right cleaning chemicals which are specifically made for your type of floor are used.

Place warnings – Less important at home, but at public places or at the work place always place a hazard sign when the floor is being cleaned, when it is wet and when you suspect it might be unsafe for any reason. It pays to keep vigilant when it comes to flooring safety.  

Hygienic safety – Although hygienic safety isn’t regarded as a ‘flooring accident’, the results from poor hygienic practices will have serious results as well. The key to prevent such concerns is to hoover or brush the floor on a daily basis and use fresh cleaning supplies be it dedicated cleaners or a damp mop.

Re-coating advise – A few types of wood flooring such as solid wood floors will allow you to re-coat the floor, thereby increasing its longevity. This process will also make the floor extra slippery for a short while and should be done when no one is at home or at the premises.

Article by Wood and Beyond a UK based wood flooring supplier

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