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.

Before we move into the application details, we would like to make clear thatStone Grip is a non-slip etching treatment. This means that Stone Grip works with the pores of the tiles to essentially increase the number of pores in the stone and that is what helps to increase the slip resistance. Stone Grip does not damage the tiles, the etching that we are talking about here is so microscopic that you could only see the work done by the formula under a microscope. OK, now on to the application. The first rule of Stone Grip is that you never let the product dry on the surface, during application always keep the formula wet with more formula. Do not be shy, you can never use too much Stone Grip on a surface.

Before the testing phase let us begin with some preparation. Make sure your floor or test area is spotless and super dry. Then prepare your neutralizer in a separate spray bottle. What is the neutraliser you ask? Easy one, simply take one tablespoon of Baking Soda mixed with 3 Litres of water, put this in a spray bottle and you are ready to go. The Testing Phase: This is the most important phase of a Stone Grip application because during this phase you are going to figure out the treatment time needed for your entire floor. Now, get your safety equipment on, pick an inconspicuous tile, and get going.

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.

Now let us say hypothetically that your shoe stopped moving at 11 minutes or even 7 minutes. You now have the treatment time for your entire surface. All you must do now is follow the exact same process to treat your entire floor. Just be careful when working with larger areas to ensure you do not let sections dry. If the area is large, we suggest rather breaking the area down into sections allowing you to concentrate on each section one at a time.

One other suggestion we have is that if you have darker tile floors rather do the treatment in smaller time increments. Do not allow Stone Grip to sit for a full 15 minutes on darker tiles or surfaces. Rather start your shoe test from minute 3 with a maximum of 5 to 7 minutes for treatments. You can also dilute the solution with water to for a darker floor application.

Last points to consider before applying are that Stone Grip will not work on sealed floors and highly polished floors. The treatment must be able to work with the pores of the stone so if they are blocked off by a sealant the product cannot etch, if you need to increase the slip resistance on sealed tiles please consider using Deck Grip anti-slip coating. Any highly polished stone will be reduced to completely matte if Stone Grip is used. If you have polished tiles and want to maintain the shine, please rather consider using Polish Grip anti-slip coating.

If you still have questions regarding the Stone Grip application remember you can contact one of our consultants at any time.