The quality of a kitchen and the bathroom can help sell a house. Prospective buyers with acute attention to detail will be inspecting the quality of the sink, the toilet, the shower, the bath and everything else. Obviously, ceramic sanitary ware that is in excellent condition is easier to maintain and should influence the decision making of the person thinking about purchasing a new home.

So what can you do to prevent limescale and other hard water deposits from ruining the value of your property? Have you considered surface protection?

Hydrophobic sanitary ware refers to ceramic or porcelain sanitary ware that has a special coating that repels water. This technology has resulted in bathroom ware that can remain clean and bacteria-free without regular cleaning. This coating creates a surface that is highly resistant to dirt, grime, and bacteria, making it extremely easy to clean. It ensures that even after several months, the surface remains shiny and brand new, which is highly appealing to anyone who desires a modern bathroom space.

The hydrophobic coating is applied to the ceramic or porcelain surface through a nanotechnology process that modifies the microstructure of the surface. It is a thin and transparent layer that smooths the surface, enabling water and any other liquids to roll off the surface. This creates a self-cleaning mechanism for the bathroom surfaces, reducing the need for regular cleaning with water and detergents. The result is that the surface stays dry and free of mold or other bathroom-related stains.

Hydrophobic sanitary ware is also beneficial because it improves bathroom hygiene. The coating repels water drops, which can carry various strains of bacteria and viruses that may pose a health risk. With hydrophobic sanitary ware, there is minimal contact between water drops and the surface, which means that there are fewer opportunities for bacteria to grow. This feature is essential in public restrooms, where the spread of infectious diseases is a significant concern. Overall, hydrophobic sanitary ware is a significant innovation in the bathroom industry, offering users a clean, hygienic, and low-maintenance bathroom environment.

Nanokote produces specialty hydrophobic and oleophobic thin film coatings. When applied at the manufacturing point in a shuttle kiln, sanitary ware manufacturers can value add to their products to produce easy-to-clean hand basins, toilets and baths.

Our industrial quality coatings are permanent due to exceptional abrasion and chemical resistance and have a design life of 10 years. After the expiry of the design life the end consumer can easily re-coat with DIY versions such as the Nanokote Glass & Ceramic DIY kit.

Want a DIY kit? Nanokote Glass & Ceramic DIY kits are available for purchase online through REECE here. Alternatively contact REECE on +613 9274 0000.

The application process is targeted at sanitary ware manufactures and requires vessel (kiln) aspiration followed by thermal curing. A schematic diagram of the application process is illustrated here: