How to Make Tile Non-Slip

Updated February 21, 2017

Slippery tile is a safety hazard. Mats can be helpful, but they only provide protection over a limited area. To make your tile safer to tread, you must make the entire surface non-slip. There are several products available on the market that will cover your tile floor with a non-slip coating. These coatings can be found online or at many home and garden centres. They go on easily with a mop or spray bottle then bind with the surface of the floor, increasing traction.

Mix a solution of trisodiumphosphate (TSP) powder and water according to the manufacturer's instructions. Then use the solution and a scrub brush to scrub the floor clean of oil and dirt that could prevent the non-slip product from adhering to the tile floor. Follow with a plain water mop. Finally, towel or air dry.

Spray or mop on the non-slip product according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Leave the product in place for the manufacturer-recommended amount of time, usually five to 10 minutes.

Mop the product up with plain water or the neutralising solution recommended by the manufacturer.

Empty the mop bucket, then mop a second time with plain water.

Things You'll Need

  • Non-slip tile coating
  • Mop
  • Bucket
  • Trisodiumphosphate (TSP)
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Based in Houston, Texas, Meg Butler is a professional farmer, house flipper and landscaper. When not busy learning about homes and appliances she's sharing that knowledge. Butler began blogging, editing and writing in 2000. Her work has appered in the "Houston Press" and several other publications. She has an A.A. in journalism and a B.A. in history from New York University.