Ritec Retrospective: Views Boutique Hotel & Spa, South Africa

This 5-star hotel and spa is located in Wilderness, a town in South Africa’s Western Cape Province, on a coastal stretch known as the Garden Route.

ClearShield SA (PTY) Ltd, Ritec’s official Marketing Partner for South Africa, carried out the on-site work to this highly-rated venue in 2009. They applied the ClearShield System® to renovate and protect internal and external glass surfaces including the roof area, balustrades, decorative glass and all shower doors, both clear and sandblasted. A total of 1,500m2 (16,145 ft2) of glass was treated.

The hotel’s General Manager was very happy with the results: “This ClearShield treatment has worked well to keep the glass looking as clean as possible in between the cleaning cycles. The coastal weather can be severe, and yet after good rain, our glass looks fantastic, enabling us to focus our resources and time on managing other priorities. The Views Boutique Hotel & Spa would like to highly recommend ClearShield.”

For more information about Ritec ClearShield® durable, ‘non-stick’ glass surface treatment, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

Tijuanan Solar Panels Get ClearShield® Protection For Peak Performance!

Recently Ritec International’s Marketing Partner in Mexico, Transparencia en Servicios, applied ‘non-stick’, easy-clean Ritec ClearShield® glass surface treatment on rooftop photovoltaic (PV) solar panels in Tijuana.

Mexico is one of a few countries outside the Middle East, North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa regions that, according to the World Bank, has ‘excellent conditions for solar PV’. In fact, Mexico’s solar energy market achieved 84% growth in 2021, with rooftop PV solar panels becoming more and more popular, generating clean and renewable low-cost energy.

The major obstacle to a solar panel’s performance, however, is dirt (‘soiling’) or anything else that lands on the glass surface. This is where the proven Ritec ClearShield Eco-System®, developed to renovate, protect and maintain glass, comes in.

Transparencia en Servicios are experienced applicators of the Ritec ClearShield Eco-System®. Any glass surface treated with this System becomes ClearShield Eco-Glass® which resists dirt and other forms of staining and is easier to clean and keep clean. Their on-site applicators firstly renovated the existing dirty glass solar panel surfaces, totalling around 100m2 (1,080ft2), bringing them all back to new. With the glass now chemically clean, Ritec ClearShield® was applied to the surface, effectively sealing it and protecting it from dirt as well as moisture. Any contaminants on ClearShield Eco-Glass® are significantly easier to remove compared to ordinary glass.

The application of Ritec ClearShield® means a low-maintenance, ‘non-stick’ glass surface which will optimise the amount of solar transmission and maximise electrical generation. This also reduces payback time, another benefit.

For more information about of ClearShield® for solar panels, visit www.ritec.co.uk/solar.

Ritec Retrospective: World Trade Center 2, Indonesia

World Trade Center 2 (also known as WTC 2) is part of World Trade Center Jakarta, a complex of commercial high-rise buildings in the Indonesian capital. With a height of 160m (525ft), WTC 2 is made up of 28 storeys of Grade A world-class column-free office space to help cope with the city’s ever-expanding needs of its multinational tenants and business community.

Designed by British architectural firm Aedas, and constructed by Balfour Beatty Sakti Indonesia (a joint venture between CCM and Balfour Beatty of the UK), which, together with Hongkong Land, represents a unique partnership between Indonesian and UK companies.

Some 34,500m2 (371,400 ft2) of WTC2’s glass was applied with Ritec ClearShield® in the factory prior to installation. This meant any harsh inorganic contaminants on the glass, such as concrete splatter and cement dust, were easier to remove during construction. Therefore ClearShield® potentially reduced costly delays during construction as well as providing a significantly lower-cost alternative to replacing the glass from any surface damage. Future maintenance will be easier thanks to the ‘non-stick’, easy-clean surface of ClearShield-protected glass.

Construction began in 2010 and WTC 2 was officially opened in 2012. It was awarded the Building and Construction Authority Green Mark – a meaningful distinction of environmentally responsible buildings, brought forth by a reduction in water and energy bills, of which ClearShield® contributed towards this achievement.

ClearShield® is ‘green’ because it makes glass lower in maintenance, saving water and without the need for harsh cleaning chemicals. The use of access equipment and cleaning contractors’ vehicles (and associated CO2 footprint) is also lessened thanks to ClearShield® typically reducing the frequency of cleaning by half.

For more information about Ritec ClearShield, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

Third Virgin Voyages’ Cruise Ship Getting ClearShield® Glass Surface Treatment!

Dutch-based Ritec Marine Services (RMS) specialise in the renovation, ‘non-stick’ protection and maintenance of marine glass using the ClearShield Eco-System®. Just recently they started work on the third Virgin Voyages cruise liner, Resilient Lady, currently docked in shipbuilder Fincantieri’s facility in Genoa, Italy.

Working in conjunction with Italian outfitting company General Interiors, specially-trained RMS staff are working hard to ensure the glass is brought back to new before her maiden voyage. This means removing any contaminants such as paint splatter, silicone and protective foil residues from the glass surface. The next step is to give the glass a deep clean using specialist Ritec renovation products. With the glass chemically clean, the third stage is to apply Ritec ClearShield® protection. This effectively seals the glass, providing a durable ‘non-stick’ invisible barrier to the surface. This will provide exceptional resistance to contaminants found in the harsh marine environment such as sea salt, limescale, pollution and other staining.

Any ordinary glass treated with Ritec ClearShield® becomes ClearShield Eco-Glass®. This special type of glass is easy to clean and keep clean, so looks pristine for longer. This means passengers will enjoy unspoilt views from their cabins – reducing complaints – and crew will get a clearer view from the bridge to maximise safety. Moreover, because the glass is easier to clean and the frequency of cleaning is reduced, water and human resources are saved.

A total of 12,500m2 exterior glass will be treated. Resilient Lady is the sister ship of Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady and Valiant Lady. These two ships entered service in 2020 and 2021 respectively, and both benefitted from Ritec ClearShield® glass surface treatment.

For more information about Ritec Marine Services, visit www.ritecservices.nl/marine.

Stunning Sandblasted Splashback Safeguarded with ClearShield®!

Daedalian Glass Studios are long-time applicators of Ritec ClearShield® ‘non-stick’, easy-clean glass surface treatment. They were commissioned to supply a focal kitchen splashback for an indoor-outdoor cooking area in sandblasted glass for a private residence in Cheshire.

Featuring the iconic Rock of Cashel and Galty mountain range of County Tipperary, Ireland, the final stunning design began as a hand sketched artistic landscape drawn by Daedalian Glass Studios Founder Davia Walmsley.

Davia collaborated with the client, making alterations to suit showing forced perspective of the two landmarks before creating a full-size drawing of the panel. Upon final client sign-off, the panel measured 3750mm width x 960mm height and was manufactured in 10mm low iron toughened glass, where their studio team sandblasted to multiple depths on both sides of the glass to achieve an interesting three-dimensional effect. To complete the panel, Ritec Clearshield® was used to protect the sandblasted design.

With over 40 years of track records, ClearShield® is a proven and award-winning glass surface treatment suitable for all kinds of glass in all kinds of environments. Used to upgrade ordinary glass surfaces to ClearShield Eco-Glass®, its ‘non-stick’ properties make the surface stain-resistant and easy to clean and keep clean.

For sandblasted glass, ClearShield® is of particular benefit. It resists fingermarks, grease and other forms of staining to uphold the intended beauty of this type of glass.

Furthermore, ClearShield® is independently proven to resist the adhesion of bacteria, promoting a much more hygienic environment.

For more information about Daedalian Glass Studios, visit www.daedalianglassstudios.com. For more about Ritec ClearShield®, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

Ritec Retrospective: Balthazar Restaurant, UK

Leading Cambridge-based glass and mirror manufacturer, Go-Glass, chose Ritec’s ClearShield® to protect and maintain its decorative glass commission for the London edition of the Balthazar Restaurant. This second Balthazar restaurant was launched to great critical acclaim in London’s Covent Garden and again features stunning glass ‘Art Deco’ style interiors which are synonymous with the brand.

Having used Ritec’s ‘non-stick’ glass surface treatment for many years, Go-Glass applied the ClearShield® easy-clean treatment on to the special acoustic laminated glass, in which they had etched a sandblasted border design, in their own factory in 2013.

Ordinary glass treated with the Ritec ClearShield® protection is upgraded to ClearShield Eco-Glass®, resulting in a higher quality of glass with excellent clarity. The restaurant’s glass will also hold a pristine appearance for longer and will always be easier to clean, providing low maintenance cost savings for the restaurant. In addition, ClearShield Eco-Glass® is more hygienic thanks to its resistance to bacterial adhesion. Meeting direct food contact test requirements of the EU and the USA Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the hygiene properties of ClearShield® significantly reduce the accumulation of bacteria and is therefore ideal for commercial and private kitchens.

Tracy Saunders, Director of Go-Glass, said: “We have been using ClearShield on our sandblasted glass for more than 12 years and have always been delighted with the results. In an environment such as this busy restaurant we needed to be confident that the product we supplied would be hard wearing and retain its pristine appearance. Go-Glass actively endorses the use of ClearShield on glass showers, splashbacks and all sandblasted glass the company supplies.”

To find out more about Go-Glass, visit www.goglass.co.uk. For more info on Ritec ClearShield®, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

Norse Luxury Oasis Protected with ClearShield®!

Hugin (The Raven’s Nest) is a unique and lavish treehouse located in Kaupanger in the municipality of Sogndal in Vestland county, Norway. Situated in a spectacular forest, it is 280 metres (918 feet) above the vast and beautiful Sognefjord, appropriately nicknamed ‘The King of Fjords’.

The treehouse, designed for guests to rent, features high levels of quality and comfort. Its theme is inspired by ancient Norse mythology and the historic Norwegian stave churches Urnes and Borgund. Built by the Falck Husum family members Jardar, Geir, Hallvard David and Fred Ivar, they have put painstaking effort into the treehouse’s carvings and artistic design to create just the right atmosphere.

The Hugin story started when the Falck Husum family finally, after several generations of trying, was able to buy back a section of the forest of ‘Alfheim’. This was a part of the family-farm generations ago. With the area decided for building, they started their first steps in realising the Hugin treehouse.

The treehouse has taken more than 25,000 man hours to build, from 2014 to October 2021. About 8,000 man hours of this total were spent on its artistic decoration (designing, carvings and milling). The result of this labour of love is an unforgettable and indulgent experience intimately close to nature with stunning views, described by some guests as ‘A Norse luxury oasis’.

Hugin has approximately 14 square metres of glass, all treated with Ritec’s ‘non-stick’, easy-clean ClearShield® protective treatment. This made the glass stain-resistant and easy to clean and keep clean in the future, maximising clarity, visibility and cleanliness.

“For our guests to be able to enjoy the views – the Fjord, forest and the stars – there was never any doubt.”, says Jardar Falck Husum, one of Hugin’s builders. “For glass protection, only ClearShield meets Hugin’s highest standards and demands. Anything that lands on the treated glass, such as bird lime, tree sap and moisture, are all easy to clean off the glass, always leaving the perfect view.”

For more information about Hugin, visit www.ramnereiret.no. For more information on Ritec and ClearShield, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

Ritec Retrospective: Banham Zoo, UK

Banham Zoological Gardens (previously known as Banham Zoo) is today home to more than 2,000 animals. Opening to the public in 1968, Banham Zoo began as a collection of pheasants and parrots. In 1971, it acquired a colony of woolly monkeys and became the ‘Banham Zoo and Woolly Monkey Sanctuary’. Earlier this year, the Zoo changed its name to its current form.

The zoo specified laminated glass in its animal enclosures to provide better viewing facilities for visitors and also making more attractive enclosures for the animals to live in.  The downside, however, was keeping the glass clean. The Zoo’s Director said: “Glass is fine for visitors and animals, but does tend to create something of a headache for our keepers who have the unenviable task of keeping our glass clean. This can be some undertaking when you consider the combination of children’s sticky fingers on one side and an animal’s muddy nose on the other!”

In 1998, Ritec was commissioned to protect the public safety barrier glass surrounding its sea lion enclosure and also laminated panels in its snow leopard enclosure. The award-winning ClearShield System® was therefore used to renovate the existing glass, making it as good as new, before applying the ClearShield® protective treatment. This made the glass ‘non-stick’ and easy-clean, so any contaminants on the glass were significantly easier to remove. The glass would look cleaner for longer too.

The end result? “It was the general opinion of the zoo staff that we should write to you and praise your product!”, wrote the Zoo’s Director in a testimonial letter to Ritec. “We can happily report that the benefits have not only been in our clean glass and clear viewing for our visitors but also in much less time being spent by our keepers on general cleaning.”

This outcome clearly demonstrates the many benefits of ‘non-stick’ ClearShield® glass surface treatment: cleaner-looking glass, better visibility and clarity and also ease of maintenance. For more information about our glass renovation and protection solutions, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

Nice day for it! Rooflights in South London get the ClearShield® treatment

A Ritec On-Site Applicator just renovated and protected rooflights on a South London property with the ClearShield Eco-System®.

Domestic rooflights are becoming more and more popular, letting more natural light into rooms. This in turn means less need to use artificial lighting so can help reduce energy bills.

Ordinary, unprotected glass is a reactive material and permanent surface damage can occur if contaminants are left on the surface for prolonged periods of time. Thankfully, at Ritec, we have a unique system that renovates, protects and maintains glass, making the surface both ‘non-stick’ and non-reactive: the ClearShield Eco-System®.

In this instance, the rooflights had cement dust and other construction material residues on the surface. With the ClearShield Eco-System®, our Applicator removed these contaminants with specialist renovation products, getting it looking as good as new. He then protected it with award-winning Ritec ClearShield® ‘non-stick’ glass surface treatment upgrading it to ClearShield Eco-Glass®. This makes future cleaning much easier and typically reduces cleaning frequency by half. ClearShield® also makes the glass look like new for longer between cleaning cycles and resists the adhesion of contaminants.

ClearShield® protection has been used on glass in all kinds of environments and has over 40 years of proven performance.

So if you have rooflights that need protecting (or any other glass for that matter!), contact us and ask for ‘non-stick’ easy-clean ClearShield® treatment!

Ritec Retrospective: Torre Unipol, Italy

Rising to a height of approximately 127 metres (417 feet), this 33-storey tower is the tallest building in Bologna, Italy and serves as the headquarters of Unipol Group, a banking and insurance giant.

Designed by local architectural firm OpenProject, Torre Unipol incorporates various environmental innovations that achieved the prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold certification.

Although a number of low-maintenance glass surface treatments were initially considered, ultimately durable ‘non-stick’ Ritec ClearShield® was selected because of its proven performance based on many years of track records.

Ritec’s experienced Marketing Partner in Italy, AST (Advanced Surface Technologies) carried out the on-site renovation and protection work in 2013. ClearShield® protection ensured easier cleaning, saving time and effort, and also kept the glass looking like new for longer.

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