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Germ-free solution for tiled surfaces

August 2019

Consumers search for a permanent germ-free solution for tiles to keep their family safe from harmful bacteria according to Kastus

Hygiene has always been a priority in the kitchen and bathroom, whether in residential or commercial properties, but given that drug-resistant antimicrobial infections are hugely on the increase, consumers are now searching for an environmentally friendly, permanent, scientifically proven solution to keep surfaces germ-free.

According to the latest research from technology company Kastus, the UK is calling for manufacturers to introduce an environmentally-friendly, long lasting solution that is safe to use on walls and floors, particularly in the kitchen and bathroom where warm and humid conditions help germs to survive and thrive.  On average the number of bacteria on a surface will double every 20 minutes unless a surface treatment is used to inhibit bacteria growth.

Results from new research, conductedby Kastis in June 2019, has revealed 94% of respondents would choose to buy a tile with a germ-free protective coating, with 84% of those surveyed willing to pay extra for this type of tile.

While some bacteria are good for you, in 2015 there were a reported 52,000 cases and 2,100 deaths in the UK alone with 700,000 deaths globally from superbugs such as MRSA and E. coli.  By 2050 drug resistant infections will kill an extra 10 million people a year worldwide - more than currently die from cancer , so it’s no surprise to learn that 71% of respondents stated they are worried about bacteria on tiled surfaces whether it’s a private or public space.

Surfaces are prone to all types of bacteria, with kitchen and bathroom floors both particularly prone to harboring germs.  The area in front of the kitchen sink is one of the worst areas with traces of salmonella, the bacteria that causes food poisoning, present in some cases.  The bacteria are then spread throughout the home through direct contact with the tile surface.

John Browne, Chief Executive of Kastus, said: “This research is highly relevant to those involved in the manufacturing of tiles and has wide ranging impact across a number of different sectors.  What the research has clearly shown is that there is a resounding demand for a permanent, scientifically proven solution that protects against the spread of infectious germs.”

“Consumers are calling for manufacturers to deliver a surface that is kind to the environment but delivers very real health benefits, protecting their homes, work environment and public spaces.”

Kastus has developed a coating technology for ceramic tiles that can work anywhere, including residential properties, housing developments, hospitals, hotels, offices and leisure facilities.  A patented coating, Kastus Ceramics is scientifically proven to eliminate up to 99% of harmful bacteria including MRSA, E. coli and C. diff, delivering germ-free protection for life across multiple formats from wall and floor tiles to sanitary ware to roof tiles and facades. 

A water-based liquid solution applied during the manufacturing process prior to the tile entering the kiln, Kastus Ceramics coating is extremely cost efficient for manufacturers to add to their production processes while delivering a whole host of added value benefits.  A hydrophilic surface, tiles are even easier to clean, reducing the need for chemicals and providing germ-free protection. Kastus Ceramics does not leach chemicals and is a environmentally friendly solution

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