Are Luxury Vinyl Tiles Slippery?
You'll find various names for vinyl tiles on the market, such as lustre or glossy finish tiles. However, these LVT flooring options have a high-end look and feel regardless of name.
Luxury vinyl tiles aren't slippery in general. In fact, most manufacturers of luxury vinyl tiles have developed their products with slip resistance in mind. Even so, that doesn't mean a slippery surface can't occur if certain precautions aren't taken during installation.
What is slip resistance?
Slip resistance is the resistance of a given surface to allow a person to maintain their grip while standing on it. This is measured with a standardised scale, the most common of which is the W Shi testing scale. Slip resistance is frequently used as a synonym for the coefficient of friction, though they refer to two different concepts.
The coefficient of friction refers to the ratio of force necessary to start an object moving relative to the required amount of energy to keep it moving. Slip resistance is significant because it can prevent falls, injuries, and fatalities. Many people who are elderly or have mobility issues live in their homes, and the floors in their homes need to be as safe as possible.
How to Maintain Slip Resistance of Vinyl Tiles
Manufacturers of luxury vinyl tiles have developed their products with slip resistance in mind, but you should still take some basic precautions to ensure that your floors are as safe as possible.
First, make sure that you have a proper cleaning routine for your vinyl flooring. You'll want to use a non-scratching or non-abrasive scrubbing pad to clean them.
Make sure that the right cleaning product is being used as well. You should always avoid using highly alkaline cleaners because they can reduce the slip resistance of your vinyl tiles.
What Causes Vinyl Tiles to Be Slippery?
If a floor is slippery, it generally means that the tiles' surface actually creates a slippery surface. There are a couple of reasons why vinyl tiles might become slippery.
First and foremost, you need to use the appropriate adhesive and grout when installing your luxury vinyl tiles. Using a bond that isn't designed for your tiles or a grout that's too thin could cause your tiles to become slippery.
Using an adhesive designed for tiles and a correctly measured and applied grout will help keep your tiles from becoming slippery.
Second, you must avoid the buildup of dirt and grime on the surface of your tiles. Dirt, grime, and other contaminants can build up on the surface of your tiles over time and reduce their slip resistance. It would be best if you cleaned your tiles regularly (at least every six months).
Proper installation is key to avoiding slip risks.
You've considered the different types of vinyl tiles, chosen a suitable type for your home, and ensured that your tiles have the proper cleaning and maintenance routine to maintain their slip resistance.