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Installing "Safe-Walk" is relatively simple and non-intrusive. "Safe-Walk" does not contain caustic acids or other dangerous chemicals. There are no fumes or odors created during an "Safe-Walk" installation. The treated area can be used immediately after the installation has been completed.
The first step is to
clean the floor, removing any debris, oil, grease or other contaminants which
may be present. If the floor has been sealed with some sort of coating, this
sealer must be stripped away before the "Safe-Walk"
treatment can be applied. In most cases, all that is necessary is to
sweep the floor and mop with a mild cleaning solution.
Next, the installer
determines the correct strength of "Safe-Walk" chemicals which will be
applied. Harder floor materials require more concentrated chemical application
and longer treatment times than do softer materials. The correct treatment
parameters are determined by testing small areas with varying strengths of the
until the proper combination is found.
Once the correct
chemical strength has been determined, the installer prepares the
"Safe-Walk" chemicals and
puts them into sprayers. The first chemical that is applied is called the
Activator. The Activator contains a mild acid solution which releases a minute
amount of the silica from the floor surface suspends it in the liquid. Silica,
for those of us who are not chemistry wizards, is the primary component of
glass. It is very hard and can take many forms.
After the Activator has
done its job, a second chemical, which we call the Fixative, is applied. The
Fixative is the magic part of the "Safe-Walk"
treatment. The first thing it does is to neutralize any acid which may
remain from the Activator. It then causes the suspended silica to precipitate
out of the liquid covering the floor. The silica recombines and forms tiny
abrasive crystals which grow and bond themselves to the floor surface.
By the time the
installation process is complete, all the "Safe-Walk"
chemicals have been used up and the remaining liquid is basically inert.
The treated floor surface now has an abrasive texture and is therefore slip
resistant. You would not know that anything has changed, however, by simply
looking at the floor. This is due to the fact that "Safe-Walk"
works on a microscopic level and does not change the appearance of the
floor surface to any significant degree.
Chemical Treatment for Slippery Floors
"Safe Walk" is a remarkable new anti-slip treatment
for hard floor materials such as tile, stone or marble. It is not a coating or
an acid etching treatment. "Safe Walk" is a two-step chemical process
which permanently changes the molecular structure of the floor material as it
bonds millions of abrasive silica crystals to the floor surface. The result is a
dramatic improvement in slip resistance, especially when the floor is wet.
was developed in South Africa by inventor Philip Curtis. It has been widely used
in South Africa and other countries since 1990. In 1998, "Safe Walk"
was introduced in the Italy and is now available from Safety Concepts and its licensees.
"Safe Walk" Improves Traction Without Altering the
Appearance of the Floor
has unique attributes which set it apart from other floor safety products such
as Safety Grooving, paints, coatings, acid etching, or matting. While each of
these products has its place, "Safe Walk" is the only anti-slip
treatment available which provides a substantial improvement in slip resistance,
without altering the appearance of the floor material. This is why "Safe
Walk" is known as the "invisible solution for slippery floors".
In addition to
unparalleled effectiveness, "Safe Walk" is long lasting and virtually
maintenance free. It is not effected by weather, ultra violet light or cleaning
products. The same cannot be said about acid or other chemical treatments as
well as paints or coatings. All of these products can have relatively short life
spans. Each must be replaced or reapplied periodically, depending on traffic. In
addition, most acid etching and other chemical treatments require frequent
maintenance using special cleaning chemicals.
Walk" provides the best combination of effectiveness, long life and ease of
maintenance while allowing treated floors to retain all the aesthetic qualities
of an untreated floor. "Safe Walk" can be installed in a matter of
hours for a fraction of the cost of replacing a slippery floor.
How Does "Safe
uses a patented two step chemical process to achieve dramatic improvements in
slip resistance. The first chemical, which we call the "Activator" is
sprayed onto the floor. A mild acid in the activator removes a small amount of
slica from the floor surface and suspends it in a liquid. The second
"Fixative" chemical is then applied. This causes the suspended silica
to precipitate out of the liquid and grow millions of tiny abrasive crystals
onto the floor surface. Unlike acid treatments, "Safe Walk" is a
non-destructive process. There are no caustic fumes and no floor material is
removed during the process.
By a miracle of science,
the treated floor surface is actually harder, (by 22%), than the untreated floor
and therefore extremely resistant to wear. In tests by an independent testing
lab, "Safe Walk" improved the coefficient of friction, (COF) of a
typical glazed ceramic tile by 37%.
This is a highly
magnified photograph of glazed ceramic tile before and after it has been treated
with "Safe Walk".
Many Useful Applications
has many useful applications. It is particularly effective when installed on
tiled floors around swimming pools or in showers, locker rooms and restrooms.
Other typical installations include restaurants, shopping malls, hospitals and
nursing homes. Granite, marble or tiled entryways and walkways, especially those
which become slippery when wet are excellent candidates for "Safe
Walk". Residential applications include kitchens, bathrooms and entry
If improving traction on
wet floors, without altering the floor's appearance is the goal, "Safe
Walk" is the answer. No other traction product even comes close.
"Safe Walk" is the invisible solution for slippery floors.