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How to Improve the Slip Resistance of Stained Concrete

Like any hard, smooth surface, stained concrete can become slippery when wet, especially if it has been coated with a high-gloss sealer. For concrete floors or walkways exposed to moisture or in areas with a lot of foot traffic, there are ways you can increase the slip resistance without affecting the color. One easy solution is to mix a plastic anti-slip additive into the final coat of sealer. This clear, fine grit won't mar the color of your stain and it will add more traction, especially when the surface gets wet.

You can buy anti-slip grit in different sizes, depending on the level of traffic exposure and how much surface traction is needed. Here are a few resources:

Shur-Grip from Increte Systems

Clear Guard® Slip-Resistant Additive from Butterfield Color

SureGrip Heavy Duty Non-Slip Additive from SureCrete

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Mixing a clear grit additive into a floor sealer will improve traction without affecting the appearance.

Stained concrete surfaces that may benefit from an anti-slip additive:

If you already have stained concrete that’s slippery start by finding out if it has been sealed. If so you may need to have the sealer removed and reseal with a product that has a grit additive to improve traction.

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