acid treatments, AST/95 is a
non-destructive process. No floor
material is removed as a result of an
AST/95 installation. While acid etching
treatments can significantly weaken the
floor material, AST/95 actually makes the
floor surface harder and more wear
creates an effect that is basically the
opposite of that which acid treatments
leave behind. Rather than etching tiny
pits into the floor, AST/95 creates an
raised texture made of millions of
abrasive crystals. These crystals are
permanently bonded to the surface of the
floor. Other than a slight reduction in
the gloss of some highly polished
materials, the appearance of a floor
treated with AST/95 is unchanged.
order to retain an acceptable level of
effectiveness, most acid etching
treatments require frequent cleaning with
special chemicals designed to remove
grease and mineral deposits. Even with
regular maintenance, acid treatments
usually need to be reapplied periodically
as the weakened floor surface wears away.
does not require any special maintenance.
Normal cleaning with a mild cleaning
solution is usually all that is needed.
The improvements in slip resistance which
AST/95 achieves can be expected to last a
long time, typically three to five years,
depending on traffic.