Derrick Quinet
Slippery Gym Floor Solution...?
March 26, 2009 05:17AM
We have a real issue with our wood floor, which seems significantly more slippery than it should be, even with the dust buildup we get.

Can anyone recommend a cleaning solution that will help the floor remain tacky and clean?

It is possible that we may have used the wrong type of varnish - what would be the optimal varnish for an indoor wooden floor?

Thanks in advance for your help.

David Carlson
Re: Slippery Gym Floor Solution...?
November 06, 2009 01:07PM
Wood shavings/sawdust that has been treated with a floor mop oil. It works wonders on those slippery floors and requires no drying time. For every pound of shavings/sawdust, mix in a cup of floor mop oil and mix thouroughly. Sprinkle it on the floor in front of yur 60" mop and you'll be amazed at how well it works!
Tom Hughes
Re: Slippery Gym Floor Solution...?
December 24, 2009 11:20PM
We have used the Court Clean and the Tac-Tite Speed Mop at our facility. Our floors have never been cleaner on a regular basis. We have saved 1 recoat a year. We are very pleased to recommend the Gym Floor Resource website.
Tom K.
Re: Slippery Gym Floor Solution...?
August 26, 2010 08:35AM
This is how our gym floor is maintained.

It gets a new urethane finish every 2 years.

No need of special equipment. Dry mop floor every day. Two times a week wet mop floor using Hi-Trac made by Multi-Clean,

Damp mop it. Do not have it too wet. Rinsing is not necessary.

Got complains of the floor being slippery before using Hi-Trac. Have been using Hi-Trac for many years and have not received any complaints since its inception.

Erik Sigurdson
Re: Slippery Gym Floor Solution...?
February 12, 2013 02:36AM
Take some advice from the guys who actually install, sand, and refinish basketball courts. Goto and read the "court floor cleaning tips."

Most of the mops on the market do the same thing - they sweep dust. You need a mop that has microcleanze technology because it pulls more dirt off your floor.

More importantly you need a high quality cleaner. Most of the floor cleaners leave a soap residue that over time cause your floor to get cloudy, dull, and slippery. The soap residue must be removed by heavy cleaning using straight water. If you have an autoscrubber use white pads with water only.

Read about Courtcleanze because it's what most of the major colleges and professional teams are using for a reason.
Steve McLaughlin
Re: Slippery Gym Floor Solution...?
October 14, 2013 10:31PM
Players can also try Court Grabbers, which allow the player to clean their shoes while on the court , during play.
This is a new piece of safety equipment. For more info see the website at
Tagdawgs Sporting Goods
Re: Slippery Gym Floor Solution...?
April 11, 2015 09:31AM
Keep your gym floor clean. Remove your outdoor shoes, or clean them well prior to use indoors. If you have done this and they gym floors are still slippery and you are worried about injury, or can't perform to your potential, then take control of your game:

"Add an Inch" to your athletic performance and game! Get rid of the dust and dirt from under your shoes - without leaving the court. No chemicals. Environmentally friendly too. Check out:

GuardDawg - Anti-slip, traction control solution designed to allow you to focus on what matters most - your performance!
Your comments hold true, but the issue is most gyms have dust circulating round and round because no one ever cleans the rafters, ceilings, or upper walls. This means the dust floats endlessly and settles on the floors. You are right, keep the gym floor clean, remove outdoor shoes, or clean them well prior to use indoors. But if the floor is still slippery, then what? Do you risk injury and play anyway? Do you dial down your performance so as to, again, minimize the risk of injury? Do you step it up and take control by wearing something like GuardDawg, which attaches to your shoe and gives you instant traction when you need it? You decide.

"Add an Inch" to your athletic performance and game! Get rid of the dust and dirt from under your shoes - without leaving the court. No chemicals. Environmentally friendly too. Check out:

GuardDawg - Anti-slip, traction control solution designed to allow you to focus on what matters most - your performance!
Tommy Loera
Re: Slippery Gym Floor Solution...?
May 14, 2015 04:40PM
In our gym we use court clean products. I try have my custodians mop before every basketball and volleyball game we have. The product works well in my opinion.
Gerry Harris
Re: Slippery Gym Floor Solution...?
May 28, 2015 02:00PM
Please remember, you are not slipping on the floor! You are slipping on the dirt, dust, oil and perspiration that has settled on the floor.


For over 24 years, the Courtclean Damp Mop System has proven to be the most effective tool to accomplish this.

Most all floor cleaning solutions work well with the Courtclean System. Your Flooring Contractor or Custodial Supplier can recommend or it can be supplied by Courtclean.

The most important thing to remember is KEEP IT CLEAN. Be it the Courtclean System or whatever method you choose.

Damp mopping should be done a minimum of once a day. Preferably first thing in the morning as dust and dirt has settled on the floor overnight. With the Courtclean System, this can be accomplished in 5 min. or less. Many Coaches do right before practices so his drills are far more effective.

John Tagdawg
Re: Slippery Gym Floor Solution...?
August 26, 2015 09:21PM
Perhaps focus less on the floor and look at the athletes' shoes? Engineers have been working for decades to perfect athletic shoes. This said, even the best engineered court shoes cannot overcome the effects of dust and dirt on the court surface, which is why the Tagdawgs team developed “GuardDawg Court Grip Traction” (see to learn more). It allows athletes to "Add an Inch" to their vertical and athletic performance – all without leaving the court. "Stay in the Game" with GuardDawg.

The outsole traction and grip of a basketball shoe can make or break its on-court performance. There are four criteria to consider when evaluating the effectivity of a court shoe.

SURFACE TYPE – Given the diversity of court surfaces, from wood, to rubber, to carpet, and even concrete, the design pattern of the shoe, its surface ratio and rubber composition will vary. Then there is the need to design shoes for indoor or outdoor use. The traditional herringbone pattern responds extremely well to the multidirectional footwork. It’s optimal for the footwork biomechanics of games like basketball, badminton, and squash.

SURFACE RATIO - Experts say half of a shoe’s outsole surface area should remain in contact with the court at any given time. When designing and evaluating a shoe’s traction pattern and its contact with the court surface, it’s important to factor in three elements: impact, biomechanics and multidirectional movement. All movements are evaluated in the design process. For instance, while accelerating, the front third of a shoe’s outsole may be in contact with the court with the mid-foot and heel off court. With this movement in mind, pinpoint precision for each region of the outsole must be factored in while looking at the ratio of contact between the rubber and court.

RUBBER COMPOSITION - Before it can be utilized in a shoe’s outsole, rubber must be heated to an exact temperature over a precise amount of time. This baking process dictates the rubber’s composition and “touch,” or firmness. The longer it’s heated, the harder the material. The tacky grip of an outsole can be adjusted by the rubber’s composition — its basic molecular structure — and the duration it is heated. Rubber composition and traction pattern studies available to designers have evolved dramatically over the years. A variety of outsole types now exist: translucent, outdoor (XDR), multicolor and traditional. Each possesses unique properties that must be considered as they are refined for a specific shoe.

ATHLETE TESTIMONIALS – Those who are high-performance athletes are best poised to test and comment on the effectivity of any given shoe.
J. Smith
Re: Slippery Gym Floor Solution...?
October 28, 2015 02:06PM
My gym floor is painted concrete and when it's humid the floor is super slippery? How can I decrease/avoid this from happening? Thanks
Caroline tremblay
Re: Slippery Gym Floor Solution...?
March 23, 2016 09:26AM
We use a concrete floor (ice free arena) to play box lacrosse. Is there something (coating) that can be used for it to become less slippery and dangerous for kids, refs and coaches to run on? We are looking for a small budget solution since we are only a non profit organisation, trying to push our town representative to put action on this request.
Tom Marjerison
Re: Slippery Gym Floor Solution...?
March 27, 2016 09:24PM
We have the same issue with a concrete floor for box lacrosse. Any advice/help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Re: Slippery Gym Floor Solution...?
June 01, 2016 09:02PM
What kind of floor mop oil would you recommend?

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