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Friday's Ask the Experts: Slippery finish

August 19, 2011
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Friday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: We’ve had a couple of issues with people slipping and falling on our terrazzo floors after they were sealed and finished with Phazer Monostar. Does Monostar finish used on terrazzo floors make the floors slippery?

The answer:

We could address this to Ecolab, but I suspect their lab testing of Phazar Monostar’s slip resistance shows it to be equal to that of other finishes. However, the Ecolab finish for porous flooring is called Phazer Resilient and Stone Sealer/Finish and is formulated for terrazzo. This may be the better choice for durability, but I doubt slip resistance will increase. What many people forget is that, with proper lubrication, anyone can slip on almost any surface. Bare concrete ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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