Ritec’s ClearShield Eco-System®… keeps inaccessible glass looking pristine for longer!

A residential property in the upmarket Palm Hills area to the west of Cairo, Egypt, experienced the benefits of the Ritec ClearShield Eco-System®. A staircase window, 3 metres (10 feet) from ground level, suffered from dirt and sand contamination. Due to its inaccessibility, the residents just were not able to clean it safely. So since it was installed just two months ago, the glass already looked old before its time.

Fortunately, 5ive Stars – Ritec’s official Marketing Partner in Egypt – had the solution. Fully-versed in applying the Ritec ClearShield Eco-System® for the renovation, protection and maintenance of glass, they solved the problem. They organised access equipment and renovated the glass using specialist Ritec products to ensure the glass was chemically clean. The next stage was the application of award-winning ‘non-stick’ Ritec ClearShield® liquid glass surface treatment. Once cured, this special protection forms an invisible barrier on the glass surface that resists any contamination. Because there is significantly less dirt build-up compared to ordinary, unprotected glass, ClearShield® helps to keep the glass looking beautiful for longer.

Unlike a coating, ClearShield® is a unique and proven highly durable glass surface treatment that does not crack, peel or discolour.

With the glass looking as good as new, the residents are absolutely delighted with the treatment.

For more information on the Ritec ClearShield Eco-System®, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

Ritec Retrospective: Solar Panels, Cypria Maris Hotel, Cyprus

Cyprus enjoys around 330 sunny days annually so solar panels installed on hotel roofs for heating water is not an uncommon sight and the Cypria Maris in the city of Paphos is no exception.

However, the hotel’s location created problems for its solar panels. First, they faced the sea, so contaminants from the sea bonding on the panels was extremely corrosive to the surface. Secondly, the dry and dusty environment meant the panels easily got dirty. The panels were therefore performing inefficiently.

ClearShield® ‘non-stick’, easy-clean glass surface treatment was subsequently applied on-site in 1988 to the panels to protect them from the dirt and contamination. After treatment, not only were the panels operating with optimum efficiency, they became easier to clean and keep clean. The frequency of having to access the roof to clean the panels was also reduced, saving time, energy and water.

For more information about Ritec’s glass renovation and protection solutions, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

Ritec Retrospective: Virgin Atlantic Challenger II

In August 1985, British entrepreneur Richard Branson attempted to cross the Atlantic in record time in his powerboat, Virgin Atlantic Challenger. However this attempt failed and he geared up for a second attempt less than a year later. During trials, one of the major difficulties encountered by Richard and his crew on the Atlantic Challenger II was the encrustation of heavy salt deposits on the vessel’s windscreens. Valuable time and effort was wasted when they were subsequently forced to stop and scrape the glass in an attempt to improve visibility.

Before setting out his second attempt, Branson had the windscreens of the Atlantic Challenger II treated with Ritec ClearShield® ‘non-stick’, easy-clean glass surface protection to avoid the same situation re-occurring.

In June 1986, Richard Branson and his crew succeeded in crossing the Atlantic in the record-breaking time of 3 days, 8 hours and 31 minutes, shaving 2 hours off the record. The ClearShield-protected glass was a big help, resisting harsh staining build-up and optimising visibility.

For more information about Ritec’s award-winning glass surface protection solutions, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

Ritec Retrospective: Santander Offices, Mexico

Transparencia en Servicios is Ritec International’s Marketing Partner in Mexico. One of the company’s most prestigious contracts was managing the renovation, protection and maintenance of glass with the ClearShield System™ at three Banco Santander SA office buildings in Mexico, one in Sante Fe and the other two in Querétaro. Work started in 2002 and the contract covered interior and exterior glass as well as other façades, with some 51,000m² treated on-site in total. 

The award-winning Ritec ClearShield® glass surface treatment resists staining and discolouration for a pristine look. The newly upgraded ‘non-stick’ surface makes glass cleaning quicker too.

This is a great example of how The ClearShield System™ is the only complete solution for durable glass surface protection.

For more information about Ritec’s glass renovation and protection solutions, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

Ritec Retrospective: Edinburgh Airport Control Tower

Edinburgh Airport is the UK’s sixth busiest airport and its control tower was newly-built back in 2005. At the time, the lead contractor was recommended by a control tower design and build specialist to specify award-winning Ritec ClearShield® ‘non-stick’ glass surface treatment. Durable ClearShield® treatment is proven to resist dirt and moisture build-up, improving visibility for air traffic controllers as well as reduce maintenance needs.

Ritec’s On-Site Application Team subsequently carried out the application of ClearShield® on the distinctive 57m / 187ft high tower. Not only does glass protected with ClearShield® look cleaner for longer, cleaning time is reduced.

For more information about Ritec’s glass renovation and protection solutions, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

Ritec Retrospective: Al Salam Avenue Tower

The glass façade of the 26 storey Al Salam Avenue Tower in Abu Dhabi was suffering from the problem of concrete slurry run-off. This was impossible to remove from the glass using conventional methods. Ritec International’s On-Site Team was called out to carry out remedial treatment so travelled to site.

The Ritec ClearShield System™ was the ideal cure, restoring the glass back to its original ‘as-new’ appearance, using specialist renovation products. With the glass now chemically clean, award-winning ClearShield® protection was then applied as a preventative measure, providing an invisible ‘non-stick’ barrier to stop dirt from sticking to the glass in the future.

For more information about Ritec’s glass renovation and maintenance solutions, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

Ritec Retrospective: Marina Bay Financial Centre

The Marina Bay Financial Centre in Singapore consists of three office towers, two residential towers and retail space at Marina Bay Link Mall.

Approximately 260,000m2 of glass was treated with Ritec ClearShield® ‘non-stick’ easy-clean surface treatment in 2013 for this major development prior to installation in order to protect the glass from harsh contaminants during construction.

Ordinarily, building contractors face the problem of concrete splatter, cement dust and slurry and other types of alkaline construction materials damaging and corroding the surface of glass on building sites. However, ClearShield® protection is the solution as it helps to reduce:

  • remedial work and costly replacement for glass surface damage
  • costs from unsatisfactory final builder’s clean or call-backs
  • delayed certification on glazing handover

For more information, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

Oil Be Back! OverflateXperten Returns to Oil Rig for More Glass Renovation and Protection Work

OverflateXperten is Ritec’s official Marketing Partner in Norway and possess a lot of experience renovating and protecting glass on-site. They particularly specialise in glass on oil rigs and platforms in the North Sea.

OverflateXperten has worked extensively on the Ekofisk oil field in the past. More recently, they were asked to renovate and protect glass on a driller cabin on-site with the ClearShield Eco-System®. This is because the oil rig’s crew were not able to get the ordinary, unprotected glass perfectly clean themselves despite their best efforts using specialised window cleaning products, as the ‘Before’ images show.

Driller cabin front window, before and after ClearShield Eco-System® application

The ClearShield Eco-System® is designed to restore glass to its original ‘as-new’ appearance before the application of award-winning and durable ClearShield® ‘non-stick’ glass surface treatment. This ensures less staining building up on the glass so helps to maximise visibility and clarity. In addition, this optimises safety and helps reduce operational costs. For example, poor visibility from mud and oil splatter on the glass can potentially result in accidents and therefore the operation risks being shut down by the Health & Safety Executive; shutting down an oil rig costs on average £75,000 / $100,000 a day.

Driller cabin side window, before and after ClearShield Eco-System® application

Thanks to the ClearShield Eco-System®, these problems are significantly reduced, despite the harsh offshore conditions. The System has 40 years of experience, even in tough marine conditions where ordinary, unprotected glass can corrode easily. The System upgrades the ordinary glass to higher performance ClearShield Eco-Glass® without the expensive costs and aggravation associated with glass replacement.

Driller cabin roof glass, before and after ClearShield Eco-System® application

The net result is significantly less build-up of contaminants on the glass, and any mud and oil splatter is easier to remove without the need for harsh or abrasive cleaning processes or materials that are hazardous to human health and the environment. The driller operator now has maximum visibility and the treated glass helps avoid expensive shutdowns.

For more information on OverflateXperten or Ritec International, visit www.overflatexperten.no or www.ritec.co.uk respectively.

ClearShield® Protection for Marine Glass is Tough as Diamonds!

Diamond Princess is a British-registered cruise ship owned and operated by Princess Cruises. She has the distinction of being the first ever Princess Cruises ship to be built in a Japanese shipyard, specifically the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) shipyard in Nagasaki. Whilst there, the ClearShield System® was used to renovate and protect 12,000m2 of glass, ensuring it is stain-resistant, easy to clean and keep clean and ultimately looking like new for longer.

The ClearShield System® application was carried out by Ritec International’s Marketing Partner in Japan, TBKK (Toa Boeki Kabushiki Kaisha) in 2004, under the supervision of Stefan Roelands, Ritec’s marine application specialist based in the Netherlands. Specialist after-care products were recommended to prolong the service life of ClearShield®, and these were used by maintenance teams.

By chance late last year, Mr Junji Nozaki, TBKK’s Managing Director, came across the Diamond Princess whilst docked in Yokohama. Junji observed the glass, particularly the cabin windows and balustrade panels, and all were looking sparkling clean. He has no doubt that ClearShield® is still doing its job, even after an amazing 15 years, keeping the glass looking as good as new with reduced maintenance requirements.

Diamond Princess is a prime example of everything great about ClearShield®:

  • The System renovates and protects the glass, upgrading it to a superior, ‘non-stick’ easy-clean surface;
  • ClearShield® protection is durable despite constant exposure to harsh conditions;
  • using the recommended after-care products prolongs the life of ClearShield®, significantly reducing costs and delays from having to replace badly-stained glass;
  • the glass looks cleaner for longer which in the cruise ship industry, means fewer complaints from passengers who cannot enjoy nice seaviews due to heavy staining on the glass.

Durable ‘non-stick’ ClearShield® protection for glass is proven in the marine sector and others too, including architectural, residential, decorative, offshore, shower and food & hygiene. For more information, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

Ritec SafeContractor Accredited & Verified for 8th Year Running!

Yet again Ritec successfully attains Alcumus SafeContractor Accreditation along with Safe PQQ (PAS91) Verification!

It gives Ritec great pleasure in receiving these accolades in what has been a challenging year for businesses. Despite the global pandemic, Ritec’s commitment to the safety of its staff, customers, suppliers and members of the general public is still at the top of their priorities.

Ritec’s Martin Burkett, who was responsible for the accreditation process, comments: “SafeContractor Accreditation for the eighth year running proves that not only Ritec as a company, but each and every member of our staff, takes this seriously. Along with Safe PQQ (PAS91) verifying our capability to deliver and compliance with specific regulations, these were only achievable with cooperation of our hardworking staff, so a big ‘thank you’ goes out to them!”

Martin continues: “Ritec as usual continues to provide information and assistance on Health and Safety, imparting our knowledge to our network of Marketing Partners and licensed applicators, helping them to produce suitable documentation, work in a safe manner, and understand that their actions have wider implications.”

For more information on Safecontractor, please visit www.safecontractor.com.