SAFEGUARD® Covers can be installed over any surface to provide a safer walking (and working) anti-slip environment, including: steel or aluminum plate, grating, wood, tile, and concrete. Our Anti-Slip Covers are not load bearing, and are only for installation over existing surfaces.

Installation is typically achieved quickly with little or no downtime, both in retrofit and new construction. Safeguard provides a complete range of fastening accessories, as well as technical drawings for installation.

Installation Overview

You can install Safeguard products with mechanical fasteners, adhesive, or both. Check the chart below to see which installation method is best for installing over specific surfaces.

Installation Overview [PDF]

Surface and Installation Method

Equipment Needed

  • Safety equipment (safety glasses, gloves, dust mask, hearing protection suggested)
  • Broom and dust pan or ShopVac
  • Tape Measure or Ruler
  • Marking utensil or Sharpie™
  • Shop Cloth
  • Variable Speed Drill with the appropriate sized bit
  • TiAlN (titanium aluminum nitride) drill bits are recommended especially for stainless steel. Alternatively, solid carbide drills designed specifically for stainless applications could be used.
  • All fasteners (Screws) should feature low profile heads, such as Truss Heads or Pan Heads supplied by Safeguard.
  • Socket wrench (for use with Saddle Clip Assemblies over Grating)

Instructions for Installation with Mechanical Fasteners [PDF]

Contact us with any installation questions or concerns.

Equipment Needed

  • Safety equipment (safety glasses, gloves, and dust mask suggested)
  • Broom and dust pan or ShopVac
  • Tape Measure or ruler
  • Light grade sandpaper and/or Scotch-Brite Pad (or similar)
  • Denatured alcohol or acetone
  • Standard caulking gun used to apply adhesive
  • Nail to puncture seal of adhesive cartridge
  • Paint Scraper
  • Depending on the condition of the surface, a power washer, primer and grinder may be necessary

Instructions for Installation with Adhesive or Fasteners & Adhesive [PDF]

Contact us with any installation questions or concerns.

Surface and Installation Method

Installation Over Fastener(s) Adhesive
Fiberglass Grating
Steel Grating
Serrated Grating/Gripstrut

Universal Saddle Clip Assembly
Masonry Fastener or Tapcon

Sikaflex 252 or Sikadur 31
Diamond Plate
Flat Steel

Self Tapping (Truss Head) or Self Drilling (Pan Head) Screws, Pop Rivets, Nuts and Bolts

Sikaflex 252
Self Tapping (Truss Head) or Self Drilling (Pan Head) Screws

Sikaflex 252
Caution when installing over treated wood. Chemicals may inhibit the adhesive bond capability.

Watch the Step Cover Installation Video

How to Take Care of Your SAFEGUARD® Hi-Traction Covers


  • Regular cleaning will keep SAFEGUARD® Safety Covers free of debris so they can be most effective.
  • Most household or industrial methods can be used.
  • Detergents and mild degreasers work well.
  • For stubborn deposits, use a stiff bristle brush.
  • High pressure heated water (as used in food processing plants) may also be used in industrial environments.

CAUTION: DO NOT use mops. Safeguard’s gritted cover surface will catch and retain fibers from the mop. Solvents are not generally recommended. If necessary, mild solvents may be used if they are diluted and immediately hosed off with water.

Paint Top Coat

After years of use, you want to touch up your Safeguard covers with some new paint.

If you choose to apply a top coat paint to revitalize the color after years of wear, only apply a thin coating of alkyd silicone enamel. A heavy application will diminish the effectiveness of the grit surface, and reduce coefficient of friction values.

Snow & Ice Removal

Stair Tread Covers

  • DO NOT use metal shovels, scrapers and wire brushes.
  • Use brooms to remove loose snow.
  • Plastic shovels are suitable for removing the top layers of heavy snow accumulation.
  • Use salt, calcium chloride or other melting agents on compacted snow and ice.