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Are germ-resistant tiles the future of the kitchen?

Kastus has been busy
   Hannah Caton  |  written on: 05-08-2019 17:00pm

Recent research conducted by Trend Monitor has revealed that 94% of us would choose to buy a tile with a germ-free protective coating if it was available. Apparently almost the same amount, 84%, would also be happy to pay more for such an item. It’s important to remember that not all bacteria are bad for you, but some areas of the home are more likely to harbour bad bacteria – like Salmonella and E.coli in the kitchen. Bacteria often becomes airborne after toilets are flushed, and can spread to nearby surfaces.

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Irish multinational nanotechnology company Kastus have created a patented tile coating that 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. The technology is activated by light and moisture in the air creating a game changing solution that is always working throughout the lifetime of a product.


John Browne, founder and chief executive of Kastus, said: “Surfaces are exposed to a range of different bacteria each day, some good, some bad. You can’t choose where or when you’ll encounter bacteria, but we are all very aware of the growing dangers with these superbugs and are taking steps to combat the harmful germs we’re exposed to.”


However, even more importantly to most of us, are the environmental impacts of the items we create. The success of any new creation is as reliant upon its eco-consciousness as anything. Kastus argue that their tiles will help people to move away from harmful toxic antibacterial spray and wipes which contain plastic. You can simply use a bathroom sponge or cloth with some eco-friendly spray, safe in the knowledge that the tiles have the anti-germ layer. This certainly has the potential to make a difference as surveys have suggested 74% of us use harmful antibacterial sprays, and 44% still use plastic wipes.

It’s not just residential kitchens that could use these tiles, but public spaces like bathrooms, pools, hotels, offices, even hospitals.

Also read:
Kitchen designers are going ‘eco’

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Hannah Caton


Hannah is the online writer for KBBArk, providing the latest scoop on all things interior. She's always on the lookout for the latest trends and most beautiful re-designs.

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