Antibacterial Ceramic Tiles

You know when you see a new product and think — I wish I would have thought of that! It’s a common phenomenon around these parts, seeing as how we’re always on the lookout for exceptional products with multiple functions and of course tons of style.

I stumbled upon this find while searching the Web. At some point every homeowner will need to tile something, whether it be a backsplash, bathroom or for flooring purposes.

A Canadian manufacturer is producing ceramic tiles that in addition to looking stylish and serving a purpose can help keep your family from getting sick. Incredible? I think so too. . .

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Savoia Canada Inc., the Canadian subsidiary of Italian tile-giant Graniti Fiandre Group and Iris Ceramica, recently unveiled its Active Clean Air & Antibacterial Ceramic tiles to the Canadian marketplace.

“Active tiles represent a fundamental step in the ceramics industry and we are confident these tiles are the direction of the future,” said Piergiorgio Mazzetta, Executive Vice President of Savoia Canada Inc. “These tiles have an elegant and sophisticated design, and they enable us to be more socially responsible by contributing positively to the improvement of our environment. We expect these tiles to become the gold standard for hospitals, schools, restaurants, offices and residential homes requiring a clean and hygienic atmosphere.”

Fiandre and Iris Ceramica’s innovative production method, known as the photocatalysis method, uses titanium dioxide to clean the air of polluting organic substances when either sunlight or artificial UVA rays shine on the tiles. The chemical process underlying the reaction is oxidation, resulting from the combined action of light and air. This process transforms harmful organic and inorganic substances into compounds that are harmless to humans.

The oxidation process brings about three important qualities:
– Antipollution – the air is cleared of harmful and inorganic substances;
– Antibacterial – surfaces are disinfected and bacteria removed; and
– Self-Cleaning – Especially with external facades, the presence of bacteria causes an antibacterial reaction, resulting in a self-cleaning effect.

Founded in 1961 in Castellarano, Italy, The GranitiFiandre Corporation has for decades supplied global customers with the highest quality selection of fine architectural surfacing products. With international facilities in Italy, Germany and the United States, as well as a globalretail network, GranitiFiandre is equipped to address product needs for various architectural and design situations. The company’s Canadian operations are managed through Savoia Canada Inc. GranitiFiandre is listed on the STAR division of the Italian Stock Exchange.

To learn more, visit www.active-ceramic.com.

4 Comments

  • Bette says:

    How cool. We really need to learn how to create more antibacterial surfaces.

  • sara says:

    that’s freaking awesome….. smart guy!

  • Kaytlin says:

    I am at a loss for words.

  • Bruce says:

    This process is called photocatalytic. Titanium dioxide needs u.v. light to work. This is a limiting nano-technology compared to some to the remarkable attributes of other nano-surface products. Google nano surface products and you will see far better instances of “remarkable” attributes. This company may call it micrometric technology, but it is nano-technology. It is making anti-bacterial claims, therefore a pesticide. Does it have EPA certification in the States or PMRA certification in Canada?

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