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The do's and don'ts of Floor Graphics



Social Distancing really is the buzz term at the moment. Rightly so. Both the welfare and safety of our nation must be the number one priority. The 2m rule is something which is becoming engrained in society and it’s not going away anytime soon.

With that in mind. Floor graphics have never been so important. These materials provide the perfect solution to implementing social distancing measures that will help this country beat the Coronavirus.

However. There are steps that need to be taken to ensure that floor graphics are applied both appropriately and safely!

Safety First

Safety must always come first and that’s no different with floor graphics. Regulations must be obeyed.

Injury prevention must be in the forefront of your mind. The last thing you want is for someone to be hurt because of your error!

The table below from the European heritage site outlines ‘R anti-slip rating’.

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The R anti-slip rating is a measurement that describes the slip resistance of a material on a flat surface. Before the product can be described as ‘anti-slip’, it must be rated on the R scale.

What rating does floor graphics need to be? Well. It depends where they are going. For indoor application the floor graphic will need to be at least R9 or R10, whereas outdoor graphics need to be R11 or R12.

Material Selection

Get to know your customers’ requirements. Make their problem, your problem. This will help you pick the right material!

Firstly. How long is the graphic going to be down for? William Smith’s have a number of options from both Avery Dennison and 3M to choose from. Whether it’s a one-month application, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months or even a yearlong application, there is a product perfect for your client.

Is your customer wanting a permanent adhesion? Or do they want to easily remove the graphic? Again. There are products available for both scenarios!

Is the application inside or outside? There are also different products for both internal and external applications.

The team at William Smith can help you answer all of these questions. Get in touch!

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Installation top tips

Location of floor graphics

Accidents happen. Don’t make the mistake of putting a floor graphic in the wrong place. Any floor surface including floor graphics will become slippery if they are wet.

If you are applying an internal floor graphic, place the graphics away from the entrance of the building. Ensure your customers use doormats to reduce moisture and that they clean up any spillages or slippery areas immediately! 


Preparation is key.

Clean your area! This is especially important where the graphics will be applied. Remove any oil, grease, soil or grit which could adversely impact the adhesion of the graphic.

Removing Graphics? Make sure adhesive residue is not left behind. if it is. Clean it up! And if you’re reapplying a graphic, again, make sure the floor is thoroughly recleaned.

Finishing the job

We recommend cutting a radius on any sharp corners after lamination. This will help prevent premature lifting of the graphic!

It’s important not to forget that you need to re-squeegee the edges and corners. This will ensure good sealing and bonding of the graphic, as well as waxing the graphic as soon as possible after applying! This will protect the graphic from premature wear due to routine floor maintenance.

See 3M’s detailed installation guide for floor graphics here: https://bit.ly/2zfgzDR

Social Distancing William Smith.jpgThe expert team at William Smith are on hand to help with queries or questions you have about floor graphics. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling us at 01833 690305, or by emailing info@williamsmith.co.uk.

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