In an age where laminate flooring is so popular in many houses across the UK, one of the biggest problems for builders, plumbers, decorators and delivery companies is how slippery this surface can become when wet.
Wet, slippery laminate flooring could potentially cause severe accidents. Recent statistics from the Health & Safety Executive for 2007/8 show that slipping and tripping account for 27% of accidents occurring in the Painting & Decorating industry.
Often businesses may consider covering the area with dust sheets but these are often cumbersome, sliding upon the polished surface or posing trip hazards.
With these problems in mind Manchester-based company, Ernest Griffith & Sons Ltd, has recently launched an innovative new anti-slip sheet designed to prevent accidents caused by slipping on highly polished floor surfaces, and protect laminate flooring, carpet, tiles and more with an innovative, reusable dust sheet.
This anti-slip dust sheet called Sliprotex, is a unique product is aimed at contractors carrying out any interior work – such as painting, decorating, plumbing, kitchen, bedroom or bathroom installation – on any surfaces that need protecting, including wood, laminate, tiled or carpeted flooring. In fact, a major utilities company has recently placed a significant order so that their service engineers can protect customers’ work-tops and tiled floors when carrying out boiler services and repairs.
Established since 1941, Ernest Griffith & Sons Ltd have been supplying fabric dust covers for over 60 years to large DIY chains and builders merchants. Sliprotex is a combination of materials comprising a synthetic fabric top cover which will fully absorb all liquid spills with a water-resistant membrane with an anti-slip backing which prevents the dust sheet from moving.
Managing Director, Paul Brearley said, “We designed Sliprotex to provide protection for wooden laminated flooring, tiled floors, highly polished surfaces and carpeted areas where there is the added danger of an accident occurring because of the movement of an ordinary dust sheet. We set out to provide a product that is highly absorbent, waterproof with a backing that wouldn’t move on any floor surface which is what we’ve achieved with Sliprotex.”
“Usually contractors spend a considerable amount of time taping down a traditional dust sheet and we wanted to bring a product to market that didn’t need taping down or re-laying and re-positioning. We also wanted to create a product that was manageable in terms of size and weight, which is the reason for Sliprotex being available in two standard size widths 0.9m and 1.8m at any length required. We are delighted that Sliprotex has achieved our expectations.’
Anti slip stairs solutions are other answers that removal, delivery, building and DIY companies often look for. Wooden stairs especially have little grip, so a stair anti slip dust sheet would be beneficial for protecting the area from damage, and protecting people from accidents. Sliprotex can cover everything from wooden to carpeted staircases with the greatest of ease no taping down edges to protect people and surfaces from accident or damage.