Slip Resistant Surfaces for your Bathtub: Better Safe Than Sorry

Have you ever experienced a slippery shower or bathtub?  These are pretty dangerous places to have a slip and fall accident with all the glass doors, fixed metal faucets, and mirrors around!  Chances are you won’t just be a little sore when you have an accident in the bath, but you will be headed for a hospital stay or worse.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year about 235,000 people over age 15 visit emergency rooms because of injuries suffered in the bathroom, with more than a third of the injuries happening while bathing or showering.  This is why at Professional Surface Restorations (PSR), all of our resurfacing prices include a 50 grit slip-resistant bottom for every type of bathtub and shower.  Additionally, all of our fiberglass/acrylic inlays have a slip-resistant surface embedded into it as well.

These slip-resistant surfaces are especially important for hotels, apartment complexes, hospitals, and assisted living facilities that want to create a safe environment for their guests in addition to limiting their liability.  In addition to homeowners, some motels/hotels with slippery bathtub and shower floors have been using suction cup mats to give bathers safer footing.  Besides being a short-term solution, this use of suction cup mats will also void the warranty for a refinished/reglazed bathtub.  Moreover, these mats need to be laundered daily or they will harbor bacteria, foot fungus, and mold.  Because of the laundering, the mats deteriorate quickly and can be costly to replace.  Or if they are not cleaned regularly, the mold will take hold and one will have to throw away the mat eventually.

Occasionally for hotels and motels, the guest doesn’t bother to use the mat and is injured in a fall, blaming the owner for the injuries.  Even when the mat is in place, vigorous activities in the shower can lead to stepping off the mat, leading to a fall.  If a glass shower door gets broken, injuries can be life-threatening.

Our slip-resistant surface is applied before the topcoat and/or primer coat and is infused into the surface permanently.  The granules cover the entire walkable area on the bottom of the bathtub or shower and contribute in reducing the likelihood of a fall.  We can also install grab bars of your choice, which you can furnish, in your tile surround for only a small labor fee.

Be sure to ask about a slip-resistant bathtub bottom when you are shopping around for a refinisher/resurfacer.  Some bathtub refinishers only offer anti-slip surfaces as an add-on (usually around $50) or may not even offer it at all.  Be sure to consider safety when looking for a bathtub refinisher and make sure you are comparing “apples to apples” when it comes to price.  It’s always great to save money, but not at the expense of you or your family’s safety.

Here are some links to consider.  You may have to watch a brief advertisement with the ABC News video.

ABC News: CDC Report Shows Bathroom Injuries Cause Thousands of Visits to ER

CDC: Nonfatal Bathroom Injuries Among Persons Aged ≥15 Years – United States, 2008

NY Times: Watch Your Step While Washing Up