How to Make Your Shower Less Slippery

Many people aren’t worried about how slippery their shower floor could be until someone slips on it. As you age, keeping your balance on wet surfaces, especially while getting in and out of the shower, can become increasingly difficult.

It’s important that you stay safe in your home while showering, so if you’re looking for ways to make your shower less slippery here are a few things to consider.

The tile in your shower or bathtub is one of the most slippery surfaces in your home, especially when there’s water on the floor, making it one of the biggest potential hazards for you and your family.

Thankfully there are things you can do to safeguard against this danger and make it easier for you and your family to use on a daily basis.

Purchase a New Shower or Bathtub

This seems like an obvious solution, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right one for everyone. Renovating a bathroom can become very expensive and, unfortunately, it’s just not in the budget for everyone.

If you are able to renovate your bathroom, though, you can purchase shower tiles and bathtubs that have specially treated surfaces that create traction, even when wet, so that you don’t have to worry about slipping.

You can, in some cases, resurface the shower area so that you don’t have to completely renovate your bathroom. There are specialty companies that can help you do this to make your shower safer to use.

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Purchase Non-Abrasive Tape

You can purchase some non-abrasive tape at your local home improvement store that will increase traction on bathroom surfaces. This tape is usually meant to go in the bottom of a bathtub to help as you’re showering, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be used in other areas of the bathroom.

The downside to this tape, though, is that it will show wear and tear over time as you and your family use the shower. This means that eventually, it will come away from the surface you taped it to, and you’ll have to replace it. There isn’t any for the sure timeline as to how long the tape will last, but it’s important to know that it won’t be forever and you will eventually need to replace it.

Purchase a Mat

This is a really affordable and easy option to make your shower area less slippery. You can easily purchase a mat in a variety of sizes to fit the needs of your home.

There is a downside to using a shower mat, though. While shower mats are designed to stick to the surface of your shower and not be slippery on the surface you contact, the outcome may not be exactly what you expect. The surface you make contact will not be slippery, however when water runs under the mat it can create an effect similar to hydroplaning which can cause you to slip and fall even with the mat.

Additionally, shower mats are very susceptible to the build up of bacteria and mold from water sitting in the little cracks and crevices of the shower mat. This can cause it smell and even breakdown over time. If you have someone in your home who is especially bothered by mold build up, as in with allergies, this may be something to consider before using a bath mat.

It’s important to check the shower mat each time you use it and carefully step on it when you’re getting in and out of the shower.

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Purchase Some Anti-Slip Products

There are a couple products you can purchase and install at home that will make your shower area less slippery.

Anti-Slip Spray for Acrylic and Fiberglass

This is a spray you can purchase, in a kit, which is perfect for acrylic and fiberglass surfaces. The spray performs a protective coating, that is hard when it sets, which is textured as it goes on.

The textured finish is permanent once it is set and is perfect for preventing slips and falls. As an added bonus, it is barefoot friendly so you won’t have to worry about it being sharp on your feet.

Porcelain and Ceramic Anti-Slip

This is a product that is designed to interact with the chemicals found in porcelain and ceramic surfaces to increase the amount of traction found on the surfaces.

One kit, found at most local home improvement stores, will cover an entire bathtub or shower area. This is definitely something you can do yourself, or have a family member help you with if you need it.

The best part of this treatment is that you only have to do it once, and it will be permanent in the bathroom you use it in.

Use a Bath Mat

It was already mentioned that you could purchase a mat that goes inside your shower or bathtub, and those are really helpful for when you’re showering to prevent falls. But what about when you’re getting in and out of the tub or shower?

If your home is like most, you have some kind of tile on the floor of your bathroom and that can be just as slippery with water dripping out of the shower. Getting out of the shower area when you’re done can be tricky and you need to keep your balance. This is where a bath mat comes in handy.

These mats have a textured back so they grip the floor and don’t move as you’re getting out.

There is a downside to this option, though, and that is tripping. While the back of the mat is designed so that it will grip the floor, if your foot catches the corner while you’re stepping in or out you can trip and fall, and hurt yourself that way.

Grip Bars

While this option isn’t exactly an anti-slip one, it can really help to prevent a fall that will cause harm. These bars can be installed in your shower, either permanent or temporary.

They are meant to help steady yourself and support your weight as you get in and out of the shower. As you’re more steady, you’re less likely to fall or slip on the floor and this can help prevent harm.

This option is not likely to be one that you can install yourself, though. It takes some experience to know exactly where to place the bars and how many you’ll need in your bathroom. The good news is that there are companies who can easily install these for you.

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Shower Chair

This option is great for those who may be less mobile, but are still independent for most areas of their life. A shower chair makes a bathtub much more accessible to elderly loved ones so they can still bathe on their own.

The chair is not a permanent fixture in your shower, and it can come in and out. Additionally, part of it will sit outside the bathtub so that your loved one doesn’t have to try and climb over the edge of the tub and sit down.

These shower chairs can be purchased at local mobility stores and you won’t need a professional to install it.

Get Help

Whether it’s in the form of a home care worker that comes in a couple times a week to help your loved one bathe, if they need it, or ask other family members to help. That extra hand to help you is much better than risking a fall and seriously injuring yourself.

Wrap Up

Slipping in the shower, or even getting out of the shower, is a real risk for everyone in your family – it can happen to anyone, at any time.

Unfortunately, as your loved ones age their risk of falling increases as they can sometimes become unsteady on their feet and this can be a perfect way to fall getting out of the shower.

There are some easy ways to help prevent slips and falls, and many of them you can do yourself at home. Being careful around the shower is really important as slippery floors can lead to serious harm – like breaking bones or even head trauma.

If your loved one doesn’t feel safe bathing alone or needs assistance once finished you can hire home care workers to visit a couple of times a week to make sure they are safe. Additionally, if you are able to help your loved one may feel much more comfortable with you there.

Don’t take any chances when it comes to the safety of your family. Take a little bit of time and install some safety measures so that everyone in your family can safely shower.

Whether it’s anti-slip tape or replacing your tub/shower combo, there is a way that will work for everyone home depending on the needs of those living in the home.

With just a few adjustments your whole bathroom will be much safer and anti-slip. These changes can easily be found at local improvement stores so you don’t have to worry about specialized ordering. It’s an easy Saturday project for your family!