Floor cleaners can increase slip-and-fall risks

Many cleaning products leave floors more slippery than they were before cleaning, the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), reports.

NFSI recently released results of a study that showed 10 out of 19 of the best-selling floor cleaners on the market tested made floors more slippery. Russell Kendzior, executive director of NFSI, labels the results "shocking."

"Many of the floor cleaners actually contribute to the floor’s slippery condition. More than half of the products left a slippery residue after only one application," he says.

The average product reduced the floor’s slip-resistance (amount of traction) by 10%. After a month’s worth of applications, 13 out of 19 products left a slippery residue, with an average decrease in slip-resistance of 18%.

"Most of the products tested contained a strong fragrance," he says. "It was like putting perfume on the floor. Although they made the room smell good, such fragrances are most likely the culprit behind the slippery film."

For more information on NFSI’s research, see its web site at www.nfsi.org.