slippery wood floors

Slippery wood floors can lead to unsteady feet and flailing arms at best, and they can cause falls and injuries at worst. If you’ve noticed that your wood floors are more slippery than you’re comfortable with, we’ve got the perfect solution: A re-coat with Bona Traffic Anti-Slip coating.

Why is My Hardwood Floor so Slippery?

A number of things can cause slippery wood floors. By nature, clean, dry wood floors aren’t particularly slippery, but they can become slick when they get wet. Wood floors in the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room are susceptible to slick spots. Wood floors near the entryway can become slick if you come in out of the rain or snow without thoroughly wiping your feet. If you have pets that go outside on wet days, they may leave a trail of drips and wet paw prints that can sweep you off your feet and onto your booty if you step on them wrong.

Finally, wearing socks on wood floors is a slippery slope—especially for kids, and that goes double for kids who like to slide across the floor like it’s a frozen puddle.

A slippery wood floor is treacherous enough, but slippery wood stairs are even more dangerous. The good news is that there are things you can do to reduce the slickness of your wood or luxury vinyl floor or stairs.

Quick Solutions for Slippery Wood Floors

Keeping your wood floors clean and dry will go a long way toward preventing slips and falls. But using the wrong cleaners can backfire, leaving your floor as slick as a Nebraska winter. Avoid floor cleaners that contain silicone, wax, polish, ammonia, oil, or vinegar. Not only will some of these increase the slipperiness of your floor, but they’ll also dull your finish and make it impossible to re-coat your floor without a lot of extra preparation and steps, which increase the cost. Only clean your wood floors with cleaners recommended by a reputable contractor. I always recommend Bona Green, which is certified asthma- and allergy- friendly and better for the environment than other floor cleaners.

Putting down a runner on your wood stairs will also help prevent slips and falls, and rugs in the kitchen and bathroom will give you a safe place to step when the floor is wet. However, when putting down rugs on wood floors, you’ll want to avoid using PVC or synthetic rubber rug pads, since these can off-gas VOCs and break down, sticking to the floor finish and effectively ruining it.

A Non-Slip Re-coat: The Long-Term Anti-Slip Wood Floor Option

If slipping on your wood floors is a serious concern, a simple re-coat with a non-slip finish is the best solution—it’ll keep you steady on the floor until it’s time for the next re-coat. At Lifetime Hardwood Floors, we use Bona Traffic Anti-Slip, which has a slip resistance rating of 10 and meets ADA recommendations for accessible routes and ramps.

During an anti-slip re-coat, we’ll lightly abrade the floors, vacuum up all of the dust, and put down new coats of finish, ending with Bona Traffic Anti-Slip. This coating resists scuff marks, won’t yellow, and offers excellent durability. If you want to boost the durability of the anti-slip re-coat, we can add aluminum oxide to the coating, which is what they use at the factory to coat pre-finished wood flooring. Aluminum oxide provides a very hard, durable finish that won’t need re-coating for several years, depending on the wear and tear your floor sees.

Whether you’re an aging homeowner looking out for your bones, the parent of slipping and sliding offspring, or a business owner looking to protect your patrons from slips and falls, an anti-slip re-coat may be just the thing to ensure you keep both feet firmly planted on the floor.

Autumn rains and winter snow are fast approaching! Contact us today at Lifetime Hardwood Floors for a free quote, and get your anti-slip finish down sooner than later.


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