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How to make outside tile steps less slippery

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How to make outside tile steps less slippery

We have some tile steps in our front entryway, and I want to know what options we have for making it less slippery.

I used a product like this https://www.lowes.ca/tapes/skid-guard-a ... =grip-tape but after only a few days it has started peeling off.

Admittedly, I didn't clean in the best, just used a wet wipe and then dry paper towel, although I probably should have brushed it first to remove dirt and dust, and used some sort of floor roller, which I didn't have because I would have to buy.

Is there something that's better, like a tile sealant with a matte finish? Just want to make sure before I go out and buy a laminate countertop roller for $35 and more grip tape.
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You could try the 3M strips instead; they're available on Amazon. I was also thinking of trying the RustOleum spray. We bought the cheap strips at HD this fall, and they peeled right off.

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CNeufeld wrote: You could try the 3M strips instead; they're available on Amazon. I was also thinking of trying the RustOleum spray. We bought the cheap strips at HD this fall, and they peeled right off.

C
Thanks for the recommendation. I have no doubts that 3M will hold up much better.

Let me know if you try the Rustoleum spray and how it works out.
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Tape is really only going to adhere well if you do it at warm temps, and clean it very well including using acetone or brake cleaner. The same will go for any spray/coating you try.

If you do a sealant, all you need is some sand/grit to sprinkle on it while it's drying.
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^^ engineered has it right. Key for longevity is proper prep.
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+1 for the sand option. The tape will not last. If done properly the sand treatment works great but I am not sure about tile, I've only ever done it on painted surfaces.
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engineered wrote: Tape is really only going to adhere well if you do it at warm temps, and clean it very well including using acetone or brake cleaner. The same will go for any spray/coating you try.

If you do a sealant, all you need is some sand/grit to sprinkle on it while it's drying.
Yeah I had a feeling it would be best in warmer temps...But like many things around the house, I neglected to do it in the summer, or totally forgot because it was less of an issue.

Have you tried the sealant?
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Is this a natural stone tile? Or porcelain tile? If it's porcelain, sprays and/or sealers will prematurely fail on this type of surface as it's none porous.
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Todd96srv wrote: Loctite Bigfoot anti skid floor coating!
That stuff is legit! Now I just have to convince the wife that the change in the look will be worthwhile.
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Put it down in striped patterns, so it doesn’t hide the tile...
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Bianco13 wrote: Is this a natural stone tile? Or porcelain tile? If it's porcelain, sprays and/or sealers will prematurely fail on this type of surface as it's none porous.
If those are the two choices it's definitely porcelain.

Does your comment about sprays or sealers include the Loctite Big Foot?
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ModernDad wrote: If those are the two choices it's definitely porcelain.

Does your comment about sprays or sealers include the Loctite Big Foot?
I'm not familiar with the specs on Loctite Big Foot. I would however advise in contacting the manufacture regarding the application. Big foot as like any other top coating system will need a porous surface that it can bite into and stick. Porcelain tiles are not porous. If you do contact the company, they might recommend grinding the top of the tiled surface where the coating will be applied, for better adhesion.
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Tape it off, scuff it, roll it on. You’ll wait for some warmer temps too.

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