How to treat travertine in Queen Creek
do you have travertine lining your pool deck? have you noticed that it always seems slippery? This may be because of improper deck maintenance. Travertine has one of the lowest levels of traction. Traction is essentially how much one surface clings to another, or ‘grabs’ it so to speak. Sandpaper grinds because it has very high traction. Where as a material like Travertine doesn’t. Here at Walkway Management Group of Arizona want to try to give you some tips and tricks to avoid a slip and fall on your travertine today.
Friction and traction go together like red on a brick. You simply can’t have one without the other. Picture a figure skater on ice. This is a low friction environment. When the blade of their skate touches the ice the amount of downward force is much greater than the traction stopping them, this force propels them foreword. In other words there is a low ‘slip coefficient of friction’ (CoF), the force it takes to move an object foreword. The travertine around your pool operates the same. Say a person is running by your pool and steps down on wet tile. The amount of force will cause a slip.
What you can do
now that we understand friction better lets try and fight it
- slow down –
Everyone knows it’s dangerous to run near the pool, but it’s usually ignored during play. Stop. Because travertine has such a low CoF you must exercise caution. If you were to fall it would at best leave a bad bruise, and at worst? Grave injury. So be sure that anyone near the pool practices caution.
- Water Management –
Another action in reducing friction is managing the water around your pool. You displace water simply by being in the pool, so splash-back is bound to occur. While playing be sure to take a moment, every thirty minutes or so, and squeegee off the deck of your pool. Even on treated tile, water can lower your CoF to dangerous levels, so don’t be afraid to take a moment to prevent yourself from getting injured.
- Testing and etching –
The simplest slip prevention tip is a good treatment plan. Get your pool tribometer tested, this can find the exact CoF of your deck. From there you can determine the proper treatment. Traction enhancing products such as ‘Boost’ agents will considerably raise your CoF. Be sure to clean your deck only as instructed. Household cleaners may strip the agents from your deck.