Decorative grout with bacterial protection

2nd Quarter 2022

Decorative grout with bacterial protection

Mapei is introducing its new and improved grout material—Kerapoxy Easy Design—for interior and exterior applications on tiled surfaces, including floors, walls and worktops.

As an epoxy resin-based grout, Kerapoxy Easy Design is considered to be the strongest type of grouting material with improved adhesion and no vertical slip, as well as having excellent resistance to acids and chemicals that are normally used in buildings. This makes it a recommended choice for homes and commercial usage, even for damp environments like swimming pools and thermal spas.

A multitude of options

The grouting is ideal for use with ceramic tiles, glass mosaics and stone materials with joints of 1–15 millimetres wide. It also has a wide range of colours to complement any tile system and achieve the desired aesthetic effects. Kerapoxy Easy Design may be combined with MapeGlitter, available in silver and gold, or Mapecolor Metallic, a powder pigment with high-quality pearlescent mica to create a metallic effect. Mapecolor Metallic is available in five colours: Moonlight (platinum), Sahara (gold), Shining (silver), Red Clay (copper) and Stardust (dark silver). The appearance can be further customised, depending on the percentage of the mixture, to create different intensities and shades.

Safer and more hygienic features

Kerapoxy Easy Design comes with a bacteriostatic agent that protects the grout against the formation and proliferation of micro-organisms, certified according to ISO 22196:2011. This makes it resistant against mould growth, making tiled surfaces safer and more hygienic. It is compliant with Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems as well as the requirements of EC Regulation (of the European Parliament and of the Council) on the Hygiene of Foodstuffs. Furthermore, it has very low emission of volatile organic compounds (VOC) as classified as EMICODE EC1 Plus from the GEV (Association for Emission-controlled Installation Materials e.V), which indicates the best low-emission standard that is feasible today.

Easy design, easy application

Epoxy resin grouting is known to require higher precision when applying, but Kerapoxy Easy Design has good workability due to its creamy consistency that promotes faster application. The finish is smooth and compact, resulting in a non-absorbent surface with no shrinkage or cracks. With high mechanical strength, resistance to UV rays and atmospheric agents, the grout’s durability and quality are ensured.

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