How to apply Stone Grip Anti-Slip Treatment
Over the years we have had a fair number of customers admit they are nervous about the application of Stone Grip to their slippery stone surface. When reading the technical data sheet and instructions there seems to be some confusion about how to apply Stone Grip to the surface and what neutraliser to use. First and foremost, let us start off with the fact that Stone Grip is an anti-slip treatment and not an anti-slip coating.
The difference between an anti-slip coating like Deck Grip compared to Stone Grip is that a coating is an application you roll on and leave to cure for the advised amount of time. An anti-slip treatment on the other hand is exactly that, a treatment. You treat the tiles, concrete, or natural stone for a short amount time to increase the traction of the surface. In this article we hope to breakdown the application of Stone Grip and make it easy to understand. That said, make sure to read through the bottle instructions and technical data sheet carefully as they will have more detailed information on applicators and floor types allowed.
Make sure at this point you have the following available, Stone Grip formula, microfibre t-mop or Stone Grip Applicator, a timer, a rubber shoe for testing and another spray bottle with your neutraliser. Now, before we tell you to just apply Stone Grip let us talk about the concept of what we are doing here. What we need to do is find out how much time Stone Grip needs to treat your surface. Every surface needs a different amount of time for treatment but generally the maximum amount of time is 15 minutes, and the minimum time is 5 minutes. If you have a darker stone floor, please read until the end of this article for further suggestions.
So now go ahead and evenly apply Stone Grip to the test area. Once applied kick off the timer and wait until the treatment time reaches at least 5 minutes. Remember, do not let the product dry. If you see areas of the surface even look like they are drying, go ahead and apply more Stone Grip. Once the timer reaches the 5-minute mark take the rubber shoe in your hand and hit the test patch in a downwards motion the same as if you were taking a step with your foot. The idea is that we want the shoe to stop moving more than an inch. If you see the shoe move more than an inch apply more Stone Grip and wait another minute (now 6 minutes). Now hit the floor again in the same downwards motion. Still moving? That is ok… let us go ahead and apply more Stone Grip and wait another minute (now 7 minutes). Follow this process over and over for a maximum of 15 minutes until the shoes does not slip more than an inch. Once the shoe stops moving more than an inch take your other spray bottle with the neutraliser and spray it over the application area. This literally makes the Stone Grip formula stop working and at this point you can take soap and water and wash the neutralised formula away. Be sure to wash thoroughly and do not leave any remaining formula on the surface.