What is Active Cleansing Technology?

Active Cleansing Technology sounds like something you’d see on the back of a bottle of bathroom cleaner – but it’s not.

In 1967, Japanese scientists Akira Fujishima and Kenichi Honda (University of Tokyo) discovered the active cleansing effect of titanium dioxide in photocatalysis (the acceleration of a photoreaction in the presence of a catalyst).

They researched this phenomenon, now known as the “Honda-Fujishima Effect”, and published their findings in 1972. Little changed in this research until the 1990s when engineers at TOTO collaborating with the University of Tokyo discovered the additional passive cleansing effect of photocatalysis.

Hydrotect Kitchan Style
Self Cleaning, Antibacterial, Anti-odor

The additional passive cleansing effect is based on the hydrophilic properties of titanium dioxide. Surfaces treated with titanium dioxide dramatically reduce the surface tension of falling water. Instead of rolling off the surface as individual drops, the water flows off the edges in an ultra-thin film, which removes all dust and dirt particles in the process.

You may be wondering why all this Science matters. In indoor applications (think bathrooms), this technology prevents the spreading of germs and bacteria and eliminates bad odors deriving from their action.

Innovative TOTO Commercial Urinal | KitchAnn Style

TOTO was the first company to use active cleansing technology. TOTO durably bakes HYDROTECT, a unique protective coating for ceramic building materials that renders surfaces self-cleaning; into their products.

Because HYDROTECT is fired on to the surface separately from the glaze, it will not wash or wear off over time. It is not visible and, thus, does not alter the color of the product.

It’s reassuring to know every TOTO innovation has a single motivation: helping people feel cleaner and more alive.

Being a technology leader has been good for TOTO. It’s no wonder this past November they reached an astounding total of 40 million WASHLETs sold world-wide since 1980.

Innovative TOTO Washlet | KitchAnn Style

I look forward to visiting TOTO at Design and Construction Week in Las Vegas next month while I’m on BlogTour KBIS to see their new Connect+ System and eWater+.

TOTO’s innovative Connect+ System neatly conceals the Washlet’s power cord and water supply hose for a clean installation.

Innovative TOTO Commercial Urinal | KitchAnn Style

TOTO’s eWater+ mists the bowl with electrolysed water after every flush and once every eight hours during non-use. A pre-misting of plain water further enhances bowl cleanliness by sealing the surface against the adherence of matter approximately 80% better than dry porcelain.

(TOTO is a sponsor for BlogTour KBIS 2016, but the views and opinions expressed on this blog are mine, and I will be honest in what I share. You, the reader, are my top priority and it is my goal to make sure you can trust the content and integrity of this blog.)



London and Architecture

The third day of BlogTour London started with a tour of the Waterloo Poggenpohl Showroom.  What a wonderful place for inspiration. No expense was spared on the materials used to create the beautiful showroom.

I talked a bit with Poggenpohl Waterloo’s Kevin Robertson about changes and trends he sees among their projects. He’s experiencing clients pulling away from the overly minimalistic kitchen designs. It’s safe to say Londoners still prefer clean kitchen design but the increased interest in wood countertops and architectural accents is a positive change.

Poggenpohl showroom via :Laurie Laizure | KitchAnn Style

Corey Klassen and I check out a custom stainless work top with integral sink and Blanco accessories

Poggenpohl was founded in 1892 and has remained a leader in the cabinetry industry for over a century. Poggenpohl prides itself in being at the forefront of the kitchen industry with trend-setting concepts. The minimalist lines and modern sensibility set them apart from the “many traditional cabinet makers offered in the U.S. and a new generation of homeowners are beginning to embrace this more transitional approach to design.”

An example of Poggenpohl’s commitment to innovation is their newest collection, +Artesio, designed by celebrated architect Hadi Teherani.

“The customizable +Artesio system includes not only cabinetry but also walls, floors, dining furniture and an independent ceiling with built-in ventilation, lighting and sound, delivering what Elmar Duffner, Poggenpohl’s chief executive, called a “room-in-room solution” that would be ideal for a high-ceilinged loft. A wide range of material choices for the cabinetry — including laminate, wood, glass and leather — allows for further personalization.”

After our visit to the showroom, Poggenpohl sponsored an architectural tour of the Southwark and South Bank area, led by architect Timothy Bruce-Dick.  I don’t have too many photos or notes because I decided looking up and walking and trying to capture tweets/photos/thoughts was not a good combination for me.

It was nice to walk for a while and just take things in. We’d walk through an area and take in the architecture and then  meet our bus and ride to the next stop.

Blogtour architecture tour | KitchAnn Style

Some areas that stood out for me was Lloyd’s Register of Shipping; the original facade was built in 1901, 65 Hopton St.; a bright yellow round building with stepped design,  Neo Bankside; a modern glass residential building with external bracing system, One America Square; a striking art deco building on a nondescript street and the Lloyd’s Building; home to Lloyd’s of London and sometimes called the inside-out building.

Tate Modern High Tea | KitchAnn Style

We concluded our tour outside St. Paul’s Cathedral and walked across the London Millennium Footbridge to the Tate Modern for High Tea. The view was incredible and as my first experience with High Tea, it will always be special to me.

After devouring all the sweets and finger sandwiches, we strolled back to the CitizenM. The evening’s plans were for a cocktail reception/launch party sponsored by Modenus. That night Veronika Miller unveiled the New Modenus website. If you haven’t been in a while you should visit it again. It is always evolving with new products, designer showcases, and blog posts.

I’m sure Veronika would way the evening had a few glitches but overall it was a huge success. Some of our group bought masks during the architecture tour and brought them to the party – they provided much entertainment.

New Modenus Laundch Party | KitchAnn Style

(Poggenpohl and Modenus are sponsors for BlogTour London 2013, but the views and opinions expressed on this blog are mine, and I will be honest in what I share. You, the reader, are my top priority and it is my goal to make sure you can trust the content and integrity of this blog.)