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Innovative Tile Grout protects property from microbes

Sunday, May 05, 2008 [ manilatimes.net ]

A neatly tiled area of the home or office is always a welcome sight. Proper layout is crucial to enjoy its aesthetic value. Traditionally, mortar is used to fill the gaps between the tiles after they have been laid. A more modern and appealing alternative is the tile grout. Now, you can maximize the use of grouts with NovTek’s Tile Grout with Microban.

A common tile grout can be prone to growth of microbes and other microscopic health hazards due to its porous nature. NovTek is the only producer of Tile Grout with Microban antimicrobial protection in the Philippines. NovTek Tile Grout is the most innovative and advanced joint filler ever introduced in the local market. It is the only tile grout with built-in antimicrobial properties that will ensure that grout will remain free from black mold, fungus and mildew.

Microban technology is built-in to products during manufacturing to provide continuous antibacterial and antifungal protection. When microbes that can cause stains, odors and producct deterioration come in contact with NovTek’s Tile Grout, Microban protection penetrates the microbes’ cell walls, disrupting key cell functions so that the microbes can no longer function. Microban protectin can be found in hundreds of consumer, industrial and medical products around the world.

NovTek Tile Grout is high impact resistant, non-fading, molds and mildew resistant and very easy to apply with three easy steps:

For surface preparation, joints and tile edges must be clean and free from loose materials. Wet joints prior to the application of grout.

To mix, pour clean water into a pail and add NovTek Tile Grout gradually. Mix thoroughly until creamy and pasty consistency is attained. Let stand for 15 minutes, and then mix again. For a 2-kg NovTek Tile Grout, add about 3/4 liters of water.

To apply, press a small amount of grout on to the face of the tiles with a trowel. Use a grout applicator to spread it, making long, upward diagonal strokes and working it into the joints between tiles. Continue until you have grouted all the joints. Do this as quickly as possible, since the grout will soon begin to harden.

Go over the tiles with a damp sponge to remove any excess. It will be very difficult to shift once hard. Take care not to drag any grout from the joints. Leave the grout to dry; as it does, you will notice a powdery film appear on the tiles from all the sponging. Simply polish this off with a soft, clean cloth to leave your tiles sparkling.

NovTek personnel are ready to give expert advice on use and maintenance of the various items that they carry which includes the NovTek tile grout. What’s more, a new product feature is a special tile grout package with free tile spacer and tile grout applicator.

NovTek offers various, innovative products such as NovTek brands of tile grout (available in 19 various colors), ceramic tile adhesive, grout sealer, gypsum putty, water closet flange, all purpose concrete sealer, NovCrete brands of acrylic mortar admixture and skim coats (available in standard, superfine and coarse grades), NovSeal concrete waterproofing and the StikDikit plaster bonding adhesive among others.

NovTek is leading the way in innovating technologies. For more information on NovTek products, please call hotline numbers +63(2)938-1983, visit www.novtek.ph or go to the nearest dealer in your area.


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