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Unread 06-11-2021, 06:44 AM   #1
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Anti-Slip Solutions?

Anyone have experience or have a suggestion what to put down to make polished porcelain tiles not slippery when wet? This is for 24x48 polished porcelain tiles I want to put in my bathroom, including my shower floor. The bathroom will have a curbless shower, so I would like to use the same tile on the entire floor so it looks seamless. Also I will use a linear drain so I think I should be good with the pitch, with a few relief cuts/ envelope cuts?

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I‘ve heard mixed reviews of polished tiles getting slippery when wet, whereas others say it doesn’t matter. So not too sure.

I’ve seen things from slip doctors as well as miracle 511. Thoughts or suggestions? Don’t want to use a shower mat or stickies if I can avoid it.
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Unread 06-11-2021, 07:21 AM   #2
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Sometimes we can trust the grout joints to give a little grip on floors but that's not the case with your large tiles. I don't know of anything that would work long term that you could add to the surface. Since it's not installed yet, I would select a different tile that has some grip to it.

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Welcome, Waleed, I see you've been making use of the search feature!

The short answer is no; at least not without altering the look of the tile. Anything you add will change the texture, the sheen, reflectiveness, or perhaps color, causing the shower tile to look different than the adjacent floor tile.

I installed a matte finish porcelain floor tile in my bathroom, 12"X24" in size, and even dry they can be slippery.
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Unread 06-11-2021, 08:29 AM   #4
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Thank you very much for the quick responses.

I currently have matte finished 12x24 tiles in my bathroom (not shower) and thankfully even when very wet, they are not slippery. However with the polished, I am not too sure.

I really hope, someone from another post has found a solution they went with and will share the info. Ideally, I do not want to have to change the shower tiles selection if I do not have to. It took 100 trips to different tiles store for the Mrs. and I to finally agree on something we both like. And with the curbless shower, the uniform look with the entire floor being the same, and even going up the wall, I think will look awesome and modern (the look we are trying to achieve).
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Unread 06-18-2021, 10:22 AM   #5
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When I worked at a previous employer and we had slip issues come up, we were able to satisfy most of them with this product:


Polished porcelain is going to be more slippery than non-polished porcelain but as long as it's kept dry it won't be an issue. If it's going to get wet, a product like this one can help.
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