There is nothing worse than getting out of the shower or bathtub and placing your feet firmly on the ground, only to slip and land firmly on your buttocks instead. As bathrooms are pools of moisture, the fact that they are high-traffic areas makes them quite dangerous.
If you are running to use the facilities after waiting an hour in traffic, you might be met with an unfortunate accident when you skid into the room. Keep reading to find out how to make your bathroom floor less slippery to avoid any injuries or just plain embarrassment.
Bathroom floors can be made less slippery by the following methods
- Install an exhaust fan
- Wipe the floor after a shower
- Install a deep basin
- Put the curtain inside the shower
- Keep up with bathroom maintenance
- Replace tiles
- Treat tiles with anti-slip products
- Use nonslip absorbent mats
A Good Exhaust Fan
One way to reduce the moisture in your bathroom and thereby reduce the occurrence of slippery bathroom floors is by having a good exhaust fan installed.
Not only will exhaust fans assist in removing the moisture from the room, but they are also handy at removing unwanted odors from the room, as well as the fumes caused by strong chemical cleaning products that can make a person feel a bit queasy or light-headed if exposed to large amounts.
Unfortunately, these machines can be quite noisy, which can become irritating fast. However, there are solutions to this problem (there are so many quiet options out there) and the pros of bathroom fans far outweigh their cons.
If you already have an exhaust fan in your bathroom, then you will be saved the average $350 that comes with installing a brand new exhaust fan. Just remember to use it properly.
A great option for your home is the BV Ultra-Quiet Exhaust Fan (amazon link) as it is relatively affordable and is known to be a lot quieter than the average exhaust fan and can ventilate a large bathroom. A cheaper alternative is the BROAN NuTone 678 Ventilation Fan and Light Combo (amazon link), which comes with the added bonus of having a built-in light.
Replace the Tiles
Bathroom floors can feel especially slippery depending on what flooring you have in the room. Generally, certain tiles, such as porcelain or ceramic, can be extremely slippery, so a good way to avoid slipping on your bathroom floors is to replace the tiles and find ones with more grip.
Although this method can help with permanently reducing the occurrence of slippery floors, it does come with a hefty cost.
Retiling your bathroom floor is no easy job – depending on the size of your bathroom and the type of tile you choose (some are much cheaper than others), you are looking at paying anywhere from $1,000.
Not only will you be set back a decent sum of money, retiling a bathroom is a long and laborious job.
Instead of risking installing another kind of tile that turns out to be just as slippery as its predecessor, it might be worth it to look at alternative flooring options. Linoleum or vinyl flooring are great non-slip options that might cost you slightly less than tiles.
Clean the Floor Regularly
Your bathroom floor may be extra slippery because of a build-up of soap scum or other dirt on the tiles. A way to combat this is to make sure you clean your floor regularly to avoid this accumulation.
Use a floor cleaner in your favorite scent and give the bathroom floor a quick mop every couple of days. If you notice that the soap scum is not being removed easily, you might want to get a heavier duty floor cleaner like the Pro HD”Purple” Concentrated Cleaner & Degreaser (amazon link).
Although this method will be beneficial in reducing the build-up of slip-inducing substances, it can be quite a tedious process that will take some time out of your week. Nevertheless, I think a clean and fresh-smelling bathroom is worth it, and it will only cost you whatever detergent you use.
Apply Anti-Slip Floor Treatments
Another way to reduce just how slippery your bathroom floors are is to apply anti-slip floor treatments. This is a far better alternative to retiling your whole bathroom or changing the flooring completely.
These treatments are usually a translucent solution that is applied over your entire bathroom floor, which then allows for extra traction and grip. You can hire professionals to do the job for you, or you can choose to do it yourself.
For smaller spaces, you will only be paying around $50 for a bottle of the solution if you do it yourself, such as the Miracle Sealants (amazon link). Of course, hiring a professional will cost a lot more as you will be paying for their time and expertise.
Either way, these treatments are a great tool to avoid slipping in your bathroom. The solution is safe and works on all floor tiles, without changing the appearance of the tiles. The solution will also last around 5 years so you won’t have to reapply the treatment for a while.
Use Absorbent Anti-Slip Mats by Shower and Bath
Bathroom floors can be slippery in general. Now add the water splashed onto the floor while having a bath or shower, and you’ve got a bigger problem. When you get out of the shower or bath, you are more likely to slip on the floor as your feet will be wet and therefore unable to grip the tiles.
Luckily, this is an easily avoidable situation. By placing absorbent anti-slip maps by your shower and bathtub, you will prevent the water from spreading to other parts of the floor and you won’t slip as the mat will have grip.
A great affordable option is the Gorilla Grip Soft Absorbent Plush Bath Rug (amazon link). At less than $15, and in a variety of colors and sizes, you are sure to find a mat that suits your bathroom’s style and size.
The only possible drawback is that you will probably have to throw these mats in the washing machine at least once a week as they can get dirty and clogged with water fast.
Dry the Bathroom After Showering/Bathing
A solution to slippery floors that won’t cost you a single cent is drying the bathroom directly after you shower or bath.
It’s simple: once you’ve gotten dressed, take a mop and wipe up the floor to prevent any possible accidents from happening the next time someone enters the bathroom.
It can be quite an annoying task to go and fetch the mop each and every time you shower, and it will take some time out of your day. However, you can always use your bath towel to wipe up the floors and then pop them in the laundry basket to be cleaned.
Of course, only do this after you’ve used the towel a couple of times, or else you’ll be doing laundry every single day to ensure you don’t run out of towels.
Use Rugs or Runners
Another great tip is to use rugs or runners in your bathroom. You will be spoilt for choice as there are hundreds of options in every color, style, and shape known to man. You also won’t be put out more than $10-$20.
Like the mats mentioned previously, you do need to make sure that the rugs have an anti-slip feature underneath them as, when you get out of the shower or bath, you might skid on the mat as it won’t have any grip.
Rugs and runners tend to be quite thin, so you might have to throw them in the washer and dryer quite regularly to avoid having soggy rugs in your bathroom that can pose even more of a slip risk.
Install a Deeper Basin
Your bathroom floor can become slippery due to excess water splashing out of the sinks while brushing teeth or washing hands.
Shallow sinks can especially cause this as there is less room for the water to go inside the sink, so it overflows and splashes the floor. Moreover, your hands are further out of the sink when washing them, which also increases the risk of splashing.
If you install a deeper basin, there is less of a chance of water splashing onto the floor as the water will be contained within the basin.
You can easily get such a basin for under $100, but total installation costs can reach near $1,000. An affordable, but really lovely option is the Vessel Sink (amazon link), which comes in a variety of dimensions to suit most bathrooms.
You will also need to make sure that your vanity can accommodate such a sink, or else you will have to replace that as well.
Keep the Shower Curtain in the Shower
You might be having a blast while singing in the shower performing your very own one-man show to the bottles of shampoo and conditioner, but your after-show high might come tumbling down when you see how much water has splashed out from under the shower curtain.
Shower curtains are really great because they come in so many colors and varieties that you are sure to find one you’ll like. What you really need to remember is to keep the shower curtain inside the shower. This will prevent any water from splashing out and making the bathroom slippery.
Stay on Top of Bathroom Maintenance
This next method won’t require a lot of money, but you will need to commit time and effort. If you stay on top of your bathroom maintenance, you should be able to reduce the slippery-ness of your floors.
Any leaks, drips, or blockages in the drains or ventilation system, which could lead to more moisture collecting in the bathroom need to be addressed as soon as the issue arises. These Hair Stopper Shower Drain Covers (amazon link) are a really affordable way to prevent hair clogging up your shower drain.
Weekly maintenance might feel like a pain but you will definitely be grateful for it when you catch problems before they require expensive and serious interventions.