If you have a travertine tile surface, such as a foyer floor or pool ledge, you know how slippery the travertine can be when wet. Even if you walk carefully, there's a risk of slipping that only grows if you walk around in wet bare feet, something which is almost expected if you're walking around a pool. Rather than forcing everyone to wear special non-slip shoes when they go for a swim, though, you can add a nonskid coating to the surface of the tile. However, while this is a straightforward job, it does require care and vigilance to ensure the coating works properly.
Watch out for Soap Film
If you regularly clean the tile with a form of soap or detergent, there could be a soapy film on the tile. Even when dry, this film can prevent the nonskid coating from sticking properly. Before you apply the nonskid coating, arrange to have the tile professionally cleaned and then rinsed so that any soap residue is removed.
The tile needs to be completely dry, too, for the coating to stick, so be sure you set aside enough time to let the tile dry before attempting to add the coating. Check the weather report, too, if the tile is outside; even mist can make the tile just wet enough for there to be issues.
Separate Sealant Can Ruin the Job
If you want to seal the tile, too, be careful. Adding a separate layer of sealant over the nonskid coating can actually make the surface slippery again as the sealant fills in any bumpy spots created by the nonskid coating. In this case, you may want to look for a nonskid coating that contains a sealant in it.
Don't Get Complacent
Good nonskid coatings are supposed to last for a very long time (estimates vary by brand), but don't assume that all will be well for anyone running around on the tile over the next few years. People can still fall even on surfaces that aren't slippery, and there's always the chance that your application job didn't quite work in some areas. Continue to be careful walking around on the tile.
Talk to companies that clean tiles like travertine to see what brands they recommend, or if they've had any issues cleaning tiles that had been coated in the nonskid material. Adding this nonskid material can really help make walking around a lot safer, and the cleaning company can help you figure out what to do.
Visit a website like http://www.stoneandtilecare.net to learn more.