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Friday's Ask the Experts: Preserving rubber stair treads

July 31, 2009
Friday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: We have rubber stair treads on the stairways in our building. After we clean them, we would like to apply a finish to help preserve them. Is there a recommended product to accomplish this and not present a safety hazard during wet conditions?
The answer:
Check with the manufacturer, as most do not recommend applying finish to their products. On the matter of slippage, a finished tile should not be more of a hazard than an unfinished one. However, add enough moisture from ice and snow and even bare concrete can become slick. For safety, it is a good practice to use ... Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX associate editor, lekrafft@juno.com
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