Sustaining Hygiene in Public Lavatory

Sustaining Hygiene in Public Lavatory


MYK LATICRETE SP-100 Tile Joint – JodHoTohAisa!

On the surface, renovating bathrooms is largely about sprucing up the space by upgrading the sanitary fittings, replacing the vanity, perhaps adding automation, and doing up the wall. Tiles often come as hindsight because they are considered fairly standard. In addition, they seem like a massive upheaval and are thereby usually not part of most minor bathroom remodels. However, with customers paying more attention than ever not just to rooms but their experiences in the bathrooms as well, they are expecting hotels, railway stations, airports, and hospitals, among other commercial spaces to catch up, both in terms of design and functionality. Whether it is a master en suite or a basic powder room, the bathroom is increasingly going from being purely functional to emotional, in some cases being elevated to a retreat in itself. Thus elaborate finishes and fancy amenities are increasingly becoming part of the customer experience, rounded out by a floor-to-ceiling refresh – where tiles find their true calling. Tiles are capable of achieving a high-impact results even with a modest makeover.

Tiles straddle a line between functionality and décor and can offer a lot of wiggle space in terms of creativity. They come in a gamut of patterns, shapes, and graphics enabling infinite aesthetic combinations that can unravel themes, enable interaction by creating a focal element, and capture visitors’ attention. But beyond that, tiles boast a long list of benefits. They have a sanitary purpose. They keep these heavy-traffic, wet spaces germ-free and hygienic. They have a rugged versatility and an extended lifecycle as compared to other materials. They are stain- and water- resistant, adapt to changing humidity levels and temperatures, and can be maintained easily – a huge plus for the bathroom which is amongst the most heavily used spaces in commercial and residential areas alike. They also take on the charge of protecting walls and floors seeing as they are more capable of withstanding everyday impact, scratches and scuffs.

scratches and scuffs

Tile installations can last for decades if done properly. However, tiles have a vulnerability: the filler used in the joints that separate each tile is soft, porous, and tainted easily, in contrast to the tile. They can’t handle puddles of water as well as tiles do and thereby tend to crack or crumble much earlier. This disturbs the levelled surface of the tile joints + tile, allowing water to stagnate, retaining dirt, and causing stains with soap scum. This tends to leave behind rather discolored, grubby, unsightly lines. In areas of excessive utilization, nothing makes the floor look old and dirty faster than an untidy tile joint.

Since tile joints are narrow, they can be a nightmare to clean, entailing strenuous scrubbing. And when they are in harder-to-reach areas such as tight corners and tap fixtures, it becomes near impossible. In most instances, tile joints are cleaned with a chemical, sometimes even requiring a rake or an electric tool in expansive bathrooms. In extreme cases, there is no other way out but to re-grout the tile.

Tile joints can also pose serious health risks seeing as they tend to harbor mildew and mold. This is worse in bathrooms as they are generally steamy and hot, allowing fungus to thrive. When tile joints develop cracks, they allow water to seep in leading to the entry of harmful microorganisms and rotting the structure, further aggravating the risk of infections. Besides, soap scum which can accumulate from using toiletries and traditional cleaners helps mildew and mold to cling to the tile joints, making them harder to dislodge. While most cleaners reach out to chlorine bleach to get these germs and fungi off, they can lead to eye and skin irritation and go as far as affecting the respiratory tract.

germs and fungi

Taking stock of this problem, MYK LATICRETE introduced the SP-100 Tile Joint which is a water, germ and stain-resistant grout for walls and floors. The tile rescue product was developed to be temperature and chemical resistant, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, non-cracking or powdering, ensuring bathroom floors can prevent the penetration of grime and disallow bacteria and mould to set up shop. MYK LATICRETE took their product development up a notch by offering grout fillers in 40+ colors, so they can retain the aesthetic of the décor. Furthermore, the MYK LATICRETE SP-100 Tile Joint has ANSI: A 118.3 and EN 13888: RG2 certifications. It is a cinch to install and clean. The product is versatile too, suitable for ceramic tiles, vitrified tiles, marble and stone. It can be used just about anywhere – in kitchens, swimming pools, bathrooms, fountains, water bodies, hospitals,operation theatres, sterilization rooms, restaurants, cafeterias, light industrial applications and high traffic areas. Whatever the application, the MYK LATICRETE SP-100 Tile Joint is the perfect companion for every kind of grout need!

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