The ZEPPELIN DAY SPA is located high above the roofs of Stuttgart. Recharge your batteries, treat yourself to some time out, take a few hours off: Hotel guests as well as external visitors will find the right place here. In line with the hotel's philosophy, perfect service, cordiality and individuality are of utmost importance. And attention is also paid to the issue of security - both for guests and hotel staff.
"At the Day Spa, it became clear that the tiles were a real danger of slipping when wet," explains Andreas Baierl, Technical Manager of Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin. Although the tiles of slip resistance class R11 were perfect in dry condition, it could quickly happen that someone slips on the surface when wet and barefoot. "We were directly informed of this by guests. Fortunately, nothing had happened yet, but there was an urgent need for action." The house was now faced with the question: what to do?
To install completely new tiles was a massive effort, was due to the sealing downwards and the entire new construction design additionally costly and the slip resistance was still not perfectly guaranteed.
Various internet researches and surveys in specialist circles led to SWISS GriP Anti-Slip: the granular, water-based two-component anti-slip coating is often used in the hotel industry. The material can be used everywhere and meets the requirements of commercial use - especially when designing sanitary areas. SWISS Grip AntiSlip meets all current hygiene standards and is insensitive to disinfectants. The surface can be easily cleaned with standard floor cleaners, high-pressure cleaners and suction brush machines.
Both the showers in the hotel spa and in the sauna area should be coated. The way to the showers and the passage to the changing rooms was especially tricky from the point of view of the hotel operators, as the people there often do not expect to get wet. If someone should slip, he could additionally injure himself on edges or glass panes. An area of about 20 square meters was treated. Baierl: "At first glance, this is not much - but it was precisely this area that had to be made safe. We have a lot of international guests, who also attach great importance to a safety standard". His experience is that visitors from the USA in particular are very sensitive to possible risks. Should a guest actually slip in the spa, there are costly disputes with insurance companies and health insurance companies. "It is important to us to create the best possible conditions at the spa. That is why we have taken the surface coating as a precautionary measure. Since then, we have had no more complaints," remembers Baierl.
In the Hotel Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin, GriP anti-slip coating was installed in the bathroom (anti-slip class C). This made it possible in a simple and pragmatic way to make the spa area non-slip and thus safer - in the form of subsequent optimisation. Grip AntiSlip is the only certified anti-slip coating worldwide. The product is manufactured by GriP Safety Coatings AG in Switzerland. An employee was on site in Stuttgart for one day to apply the coating. After the drying time of twelve hours the wellness area could be used again. The appearance of the earth and sandstone coloured ceramic tiles was not changed by this. The transparent material is suitable exactly where surfaces are not to be influenced in terms of quality, design and colours and at the same time a permanently usable slip resistance is to be guaranteed. Baierl: "GriP turned out to be the ideal variant for us. A conversion would have entailed massive costs and also time expenditure. With this anti-slip solution we were able to use and optimise existing material. Even after five years in use, the surface coating is still perfect in terms of adhesion and appearance".