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Accidents on Marble Floors
PRACTICAL TRAVELER; Marble Baths: Watch Your Step
By TONI L. KAMINS for the New York Times
WHEN Aimee Fitzgerald, a corporate communications executive from Colorado, stepped out of the shower at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Phoenix in March 2002, she didn't notice that a little water had accumulated on the floor. The shiny white marble floor, combined with the bathroom's bright lights, made the water almost impossible to see. Ms. Fitzgerald slipped, fell and broke her sacrum. But the water was only partly to blame, she says: the shower curtain didn't extend below the rim of the bathtub, and the rubber backing on the bath rug was worn.
Last June, Genna Goldberg, a California publicist, did an unintentional split while she stepped from the bathtub onto the marble floor at Le Merigot, a JW Marriott hotel in Santa Monica, Calif. She was lucky to get away with a few aches and pains.
According to hotel industry statistics, slips and falls have consistently accounted for about 42 percent of guest accidents; bathrooms are among the top five places they occur.
Marble bathrooms polished to a glossy, reflective finish are popular with hotel designers and guests alike. And although the all-marble trend started at luxury hotels, the look is so popular that it is filtering down to midprice hotels, too. But marble's smoothness makes it a dangerous material for bathroom floors.
Hotel-industry experts speculate that the proliferation of marble and other smooth, easy-to-clean materials along with the absence of federal standards for hotel bathtub and shower safety means the accident rate is likely to increase, especially as baby boomers age. But travelers of all ages need to be cautious.
The accident rate doesn't surprise Bruce Goff, a San Francisco-based hotel room designer. Mr. Goff, who specializes in bathrooms, said that he has walked into some hotel rooms and thought, Gee, I hope their insurance is paid up.
Three factors determine the kind of material that goes into a hotel bathroom, he said: initial cost, aesthetics and cleaning time. Luxury is the be-all and end-all, he added, and the marketplace competition is what drives the aesthetics. In other words, bathrooms sell rooms.
Read the full article here <http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/18/travel/practical-traveler-marble-baths-watch-your-step.html>.
Source: Quoted word for word from TONI L. KAMINS's article which was published in the New York Times on January 18, 2004. 2009 Jul 29 <http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/18/travel/practical-traveler-marble-baths-watch-your-step.html?pagewanted=print>
How to Make Your Marble Floor Safe
You should always research the safety issues before you install a floor in your school, home, garage, office, factory or treehouse : )
"Here's our problem. Our builder used ceramic tile on the floor of our master bathroom shower. It's the same as that used on the walls of the shower so it has a very shiny and slick finish. Unfortunately, it is very slippery when wet. Is there any type of rubberized or non-slip spray or paint available we could put on the tile floor? -- Nancy, Oakland "
"You can treat your tile with a non-slip product called SPT made by National Slip-Fix Company call them at (800) 878-0036, or visit www.slipfix.com. Before applying the SPT the area to be covered has to be squeaky clean. The SPT has a degreaser that should be used before application of the SPT non-slip. Regular cleaning with the SPT cleaner will ensure your 1yr warranty and maintain the life of the application." - Glenn Haege
Source: Quoted directly from...
National Slipfix Company
6361 Sunfish Lake CT. STE 200
Ramsey, MN 55303 U.S.A.
A local radio station carries the very popular Glenn Haege "Master Handyman" program for 6 hours each weekend. Glenn also writes a weekly column in the Michigan Detroit News. Here is an excerpt.