Your Guide to Anti-Slip Floor Paint

Providing a floor surface that gives a good level of traction is an important aspect of improving the health and safety of any business. For most sites, you can achieve this with carpets or matting, but there are some areas where this just does not work. For those environments, you need to use anti-slip floor paint. Here is our guide to what it is, where to use it, and why you should.

So, what exactly is anti-slip floor paint?

Anti-slip floor paint simply paints for your floor that reduces the likelihood of people slipping. It contains a hard-wearing substance (quartz or aluminum oxide, for example) which is mixed in with the paint. When the paint is used, the aggregate is spread across the surface and provides a textured finish that gives the soles of the shoes something to grip onto.

Where is it used?

You can use anti-slip paint on any number of different surface types, both indoors and out. You will need to make sure that the paint you buy is right for your surface type and is weatherproof (if using it outdoors), but there are a great many options available so you should be able to find one that matches your needs. Common uses include covering concrete in garages or workshops, and coating paving stones, walkways, and steps in high-traffic external areas – although you can find anti-slip paints designed for use on metal or wood, as well.

Why should you use anti-slip paint?

Slips and falls are among the most common injuries in the workplace, and employers/business owners have a responsibility to take measures to reduce the likelihood of those injuries. As a result, for areas where there is a particular history of slips, where you think that there might be an increased risk, or where you want to be extra safe – use anti-slip floor paint. Some businesses – garages, workshops, industrial sites, for example – are not well suited to laying down carpet or textured matting, as it would impede operations, create a trip hazard or soak up spilled oils and fuels. This is where anti-slip paint is the answer.

What should you look out for?

We already mentioned making sure to get paint that is suited for indoor or outdoor use as appropriate, and for the right type of surface material. Here are some other key things to think about:

Surface area

The paint you buy should be clearly marked with the surface area that is designed to cover, so make sure you get enough for your space.


A lot of floor paints are not super-durable – particularly in high-traffic areas like garages and industrial sites. If your floor gets heavy treatment, make sure you get paint that is designed specifically for this kind of punishment.

Forklift trucks/other light vehicles 

Similarly, for areas that will see forklift truck traffic or other light-wheeled vehicles like dollies and trolleys, make sure that the paint is suitable for this use. The right anti-slip paint will create a surface texture that is better suited to accommodate wheeled traffic while still providing grip for foot traffic.

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