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AST - Anti Slip Treatment

brochure_ast.jpg (6127 bytes)Today, with slip and fall accidents resulting in expensive lawsuits, costly compensation claims and escalating insurance premiums, owners and managers of buildings and businesses have a problem that can no longer be ignored.

Fortunately, AST’s patented two-part process was developed to combat this growing concern that is costing millions every year. The AST system was developed specifically to combat the slippery conditions on wet tile floors. This superior system is just what was needed.

What is AST?
How Does AST Work?
AST Tile Abrasion Test
Co-efficient of Friction Test
Where does AST Work?
How Long Will A Treatment Last?
How Much Does It Cost?
Who Applies AST?
How Long Does An AST Application Take?
What Preparation is Needed for an AST Application?
What Maintenance is Required AST Treated Floors?
Recommended Maintenance Process

What is AST?
AST is the newest technology available to make existing hard floor surfaces slip resistant in wet conditions. It can be applied, indoors or outdoors, on ceramic, quarry, porcelain, glazed tiles, terrazzo, granite, marble and concrete. AST is invisible, will not discolor, peel, chip or crack and cannot be removed once applied. 

How Does AST Work?

This anti-slip effect is achieved from the formation of tiny, cup-shaped structures created on the floor surface when the AST Activator is applied. When walked on these valleys act like thousands of tiny suction cups displacing water and creating a vacuum effect, from the pressure of the foot. AST makes the level of slip resistance even greater when the Fixative is blended with the Activator. This mixture creates abrasive crystals, which increases traction on the surface. The slip resistance achieved with the crystalline structure makes AST unique to any other chemical alteration. The crystalline structures also increase the abrasion resistance of the tile, which make the tile harder and increase its life expectancy.

Reduces costly concerns related to slip fall accidents
Two part chemical process that dramatically increases traction
Eliminates costs related to lawsuits
Reduces compensation claims
Reduces ever increasing insurance premiums
Improves traction in wet and dry conditions
AST is NOT Acid Etching
Makes tile floors safe without altering their appearance
Increased the life span of the tile surface
Is easy to maintain, unlike other slip resistant alterations
Lasts up to 5 years
AST is the newest technology available to make existing floors slip resistant in wet conditions

Before AST Treatment After AST Treatment
These photographs were taken with an electron microscope enhanced 35,000 times to show you the unique crystallization process that takes place after the application of our AST product.

AST Tile Abrasion Test
This test measurement is done with an abrasive pad on a rotating disc. The measurement is based on the number of rotations completed before any signs of wear on the surface exist. Notice that the treated tile has an increased hardness level of over 22%

Surface of Un-Treated Glazed. 254 Rotations Glazed Tile Treated with AST. 309 Rotations
Abrasion Tests
(Copies available upon request)

Co-efficient of Friction Test
Co-efficient of friction (COF) is the measurement for the traction (friction) level on a surface. National Floor Safety Group has had various tests done by professional testing companies to measure the level of slip resistance attained after a tile surface has been treated. Consistently the results have proven to be astonishing, with outstanding increases in the friction levels not only on wet, but also dry surfaces.

Increased Traction on Tile Treated with AST
Traction Test on Tile Treated with AST
Co-efficient of Friction Tests
(Copies available upon request)

Where Does AST Work?
AST can be applied to any Hard Mineral Surface.

Ceramic Tile
Quarry Tile
Porcelain Tile
Glazed Tile


Recommended for use in:
Manufacturing Plants Golf Courses Showers
Recreation Facilities Locker Rooms Warehouses
Retirement Homes Grocery Stores Pubs
Fast Food Restaurants Spas Banks
Institutional Kitchens Medical Clinics Hospitals
Government Facilities Swimming Pools Motels
Sports Centers Homes Restaurants
Shopping Centers Nursing Homes Airports
Department Stores Laundry Facilities Water Parks
Property Managers Correctional Institutions

WashroomHow Long Will A Treatment Last?
The life of the treatment depends on the foot traffic of the surface treated. On average, AST will last up to 5 years. As it is not just a coating, AST becomes an integral part of a tile’s glaze, and cannot be washed away or affected by sunlight or cleaning chemicals. The anti-slip effect an AST treatment has on a floor surface is a semi-permanent alteration.

How Much Does It Cost?
Depending on volume, AST can be applied for about $1.50 per square foot. However, prices can vary depending on the surface being treated, the hardness and strength of the existing floor material.

Who Applies AST?
With every AST purchase an installation training video is supplied. This video will demonstrate the ease of AST installation which will give almost anyone the ability to install AST.  If you prefer an existing dealer can install AST for you.

How Long Does An AST Application Take?
There is virtually no down time required for an AST application. 300 square feet can be treated in one hour, which allows most floors to be treated in off hours.

What Preparation is Needed for an AST Application?
Prior to any application, the floor needs to be thoroughly degreased and dry.  Once this has been achieved AST installation can begin.  Normally we ask that you:

Follow your daily maintenance routine
Remove any debris from the site
Remove any sealer or wax previously applied to the surface
Move any furniture, matting, or valuable items that may be damaged from over spray.

PatioWhat Maintenance is Required For AST Treated Floors?
After an AST Treatment your wet floor will be slip resistant, but if not properly maintained you may slip on grease and dirt build-up.  Standard cleaning procedures will generally apply to a floor that has been treated with AST. In heavily soiled areas we recommend that the floor be scrubbed with a broom rather then mopped, as the floor will usually be cleaned better this way.

Recommended Maintenance Process

  1. Dilute a HEAVY DUTY CLEANER using the manufactures recommended dilutions on the degree of soiling.
  2. Apply the solution to the floor and scrub with a mop and/or a broom.
  3. Pick up the resulting solution with a mop or squeegee the liquid into a floor drain, if floor drains are unavailable, remove the liquid from the floor with a wet/dry vacuum, or squeegee it into a corner and pick it up with a clean mop.
  4. Rinse the floor with fresh water.Entrance

The National Floor Safety Group Ltd. exclusively offers AST in North America, with independent dealers trained to apply AST on existing floor surfaces.

Over 30 years of making floors safer.
To be connected with a local dealer please contact us

AST (Anti Slip Treatment)
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