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The importance of non-slip flooring in hotels

People who stay in hotels expect to be in a safe environment, which is why non-slip flooring is important. In a recent article on the website Hoel Designs, flooring expert Andrew Salder discussed the issues of non-slip flooring in the hospitality industry.

He says that in hotel reception areas, restaurants, bars and bathrooms, hard surfaces such as tiles, wood and laminate need to look stylish but also be safe to walk on. Slip resistance is dependent on the material of the floor, whether it is dry or wet, how the floor wears, and how it is maintained.

The Health and Safety Executive uses a slip classification based on the Pendulum Test, where a pendulum test value of 0 to 24 is a high slip risk and 36+ is considered a low slip potential. Many designers use flooring that exceeds 40 on this scale for bathrooms floors that get wet.

It is also important how non-slip flooring wears. Some floors can become slippier over time as they become worn. To create a non-slip surface, floor coverings can be coated with substances that can wear off over time with heavy foot traffic. A clean floor is more slip resistant than a dirty one which has been contaminated with substances that increase the risk of slipping. It is important to regularly clean floors and replace them as soon as they show signs of wear.

There are many places where non-slip flooring in Cheshire is important. As well as hotels, health centres, schools and facilities where elderly people visit or live need safe floors.

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