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“NANO” Technology Polished Porcelain Tiles 46 N ano treatment is a process that treats the surface of the tile and achieves other objectives such as – • an increase of the sheen or reflectivity • an enhancement of the colour • improved protection against staining and marking, and • reduced porosity, which facilitates maintenance and provides enhanced bacterial resistance. The effect is achieved by using the lightest and hardest organic NANO particles (type of wax) which are applied to the surface of polished porcelain tiles. In order for NANO organic particles to polymerise evenly on the surface of the tiles. A unique coating technique called plating is applied. After repetitive platings (high pressure sanding and polishing) the NANO organic particles combine with the tile substance to form an organic NANO film. This film has high density and stability, which will attain the four main objectives of polished tiles listed above and the added extras of being “green”, auto-cleaning, anti-dirt and anti- bacterial. The long and short of it is: The Nano treatment gives us a product that offers a higher resistance to marking and staining. It has not been 100% proved, but the effective result is much better than when treating tiles without the NANO Technology. In addition to this, Nano Technology polished tiles can be considered a new series of “green” and environmentally friendly products with the following six uniquely innovative features: • Crystal-clear effect. The degree of lustre on normally polished tiles is about 55 to 70˚, while the lustre rating of NANO tiles is more than 85˚, which is close to a mirror effect. This creates a much brighter effect and increases that desired appeal of luxurious a mbience. • Durable and “anti-dirt”. Gone are the days of micropore staining as the NANO technology forms a protective screen. A NANO particle measures one billionth of a metre and can be compared to the size of single molecules. These tiny particles fully cover up any air holes and the tiny rift of the surface of the tiles, which means that desIgn Namibia June - August 2013