Updated: South African Coastal House Protected from Limescale Attack!

Earlier this month we described how a property in Western Cape, South Africa had been suffering from severe limescale attack on the glass. The property is located very near the sea, and uses borehole water for its garden irrigation system. The high level of dissolved solids in the borehole water, coupled with the regular winds from the SW and SE which come off the ocean, makes the alkaline attack relentless.

James from DCPRO (a local licensed ClearShield Applicator specialising in renovating dirty glass and protecting it with ‘non-stick’, easy clean ClearShield® protection) was contracted to provide the solution. During the renovation phase, James used Ritec Limescale Remover to clean the glass fast and with minimal fuss and stunning results.

The property’s owner was delighted with the demonstration and specified award-winning Ritec ClearShield Eco-System® treatment for the sea-facing windows, balustrade, a skylight and shower glass. In all, 98m² of glass was treated, upgrading the existing glass to ‘non-stick’ ClearShield Eco-Glass®. This higher performance glass will resist future limescale attack and other forms of staining, and will look pristine for longer with lower maintenance requirements.

As the happy property owner pleasingly discovered, you can get brand new-looking glass without having to pay for brand new glass!

Any ordinary glass, interior or exterior, domestic or commercial, can be upgraded to easy-clean ClearShield Eco-Glass® including splashbacks, mirrors, decorative glass, glass furniture, solar panels and partitions. So if you have a problem with dirty glass, contact the experts at Ritec!

Go Glass Provide Protective Screens Fit For a King!

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Go Glass, an independent glass design company in Cambridge designed, produced and installed protective glass screens for King’s College, a constituent college of the University of Cambridge.

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In a world where hygiene is more important than ever before, Go Glass were commissioned to design bespoke glass protection screens for this historic college, founded in 1441 by King Henry VI. From the outset, Go Glass knew an off-the-shelf acrylic product was never going to fit the bill and accepted the challenge to come up with the ideal customised solution. Drawing on the experience of their Design Director and his team, and utilising specialist glass processes including UV bonding, Go Glass proudly supplied and installed these glass screens to the Porters’ Lodge. The screens incorporated the King’s College logo, etched onto Go Glass’s toughened ‘hygiene glass’.

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Go Glass’s new range of hygiene glass is powered by award-winning, ‘non-stick’ easy-clean Ritec ClearShield® glass surface treatment. Not only is treated glass easier to maintain and looks pristine for longer, it has been independently tested to resist the adhesion and growth of bacteria. Porters’ Lodge staff and visitors are now adequately protected from each other, and any germs on the screens will not adhere to the surface, so are easily removed during cleaning. These measures help to promote a more hygienic environment.

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Established in 1978, Go Glass remains a family owned and run business. Today the company specialise in the design and manufacture of bespoke glass and systems. Shortlisted for ‘Glass Company of the Year’ in 2017 and 2018, and for a Manufacturing Innovation award in 2019, Go Glass have featured at exhibitions in Europe including Glasstec in Germany, Hampton Court and Chelsea Flower Shows and their work can be seen at prestigious hotels, shops, restaurants and airports around the UK.

For more information about Go Glass, visit www.goglass.co.uk. For more information about Ritec ClearShield®, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

Ritec’s Achilles UVDB Re-Certified for Third Year Running

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Ritec International is proud to be a member of Achilles UVDB (Utilities Vendor Database), the UK’s biggest utilities supplier online management community. For the third year running, Ritec has successfully recertified its registration.

UVDB is the utility industry pre-qualification system used by the utilities sector in the UK to manage risk within the supply chain and comply with EU regulations. Utility companies strive for a transparent and efficient collaboration with best in class suppliers and UVDB helps to achieve that.

The scheme is a perfect fit for Ritec’s Systems that provide solutions for the renovation, ‘non-stick’ protection and maintenance for a range of surfaces. Ritec’s Systems include the ClearShield Eco-System® for glass and other vitreous surfaces, the Ritecoat System® for metal, plastic and painted surfaces, and the VoltShield System® for glass and glazed ceramic electrical insulators. The Systems were developed to resist dirt, staining and discolouration as well as upgrading existing surfaces so they are easier to clean and keep clean.

The importance to Ritec of qualification and re-certification of the scheme is not to be understated; Martin Burkett AIIRSM, the company’s Production Manager responsible for maintaining the registration, explains: “Achilles UVDB directly showcases our profile to 80 sector organisations and over 3,000 buyers. Completing the online application allows us ultimately to save money and time in repetitive pre-qualification questions, and allows us to achieve new business through a fair and open platform. The scheme is used by organisations including National Grid and energy suppliers, and we are proud to be providing unique solutions to these types of companies.”

For more information about Ritec, visit www.ritec.co.uk. For the official Achilles UVDB website, visit www.achilles.com.

ClearShield® Positively Shines for Universal Plus Showroom!

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In the Pachpedi Naka area of Raipur, India, there are numerous showrooms along the national highway. It is a popular marketplace for many things but all face the huge problems of constant dust, air pollutants and staining on their glass façades and entrance doors.

For a problem that is crying out for a solution, Roshnak Surface Care Systems managed to provide it for Universal Plus, considered as one of the best windows and bathroom retail showrooms in the area.

Roshnak is an official applicator of the ClearShield Eco-System®, developed for the renovation, ‘non-stick’ protection and maintenance of glass. Once ordinary glass is treated with the ClearShield Eco-System®, the glass is upgraded to ClearShield Eco-Glass® which resists dirt and staining, is always easier to clean and keep clean and looks pristine for longer. With almost 40 years of track records, the System is of particular benefit to glass in hot and dusty climates where it is near-impossible to remove dirt and staining that has bonded to the glass over a long time period.

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So thanks to the ClearShield Eco-System®, the showroom glass now looks as good as new. For Universal Plus, this is important to create that great first impression for their potential customers. But not only that, they were so impressed with ClearShield® that they have taken it to the next level by offering the ‘non-stick’ glass protection to customers themselves.

Mr. Kevin, the showroom’s MD, says: “When Raunak [Head of Business Development at Roshnak Surface Care Systems] mentioned the solution for this recurring problem, I was instantly on board. We not only had our front showroom glass treated but now offer ‘non-stick’ ClearShield glass protection as an value added option to all our clients wanting the same in their windows or any glass that we sell. This one-time treatment can keep the glass easier to clean for up to 10 years and that for me is a great deal. We look forward to this collaboration of Roshnak & Universal.”

Problems with limescale on glass? See what Ritec Limescale Remover can do!

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Seeing is believing! This glass belonging to a property in Western Cape, South Africa had been suffering from severe limescale attack. James from DCPRO (a local ClearShield Applicator specialising in renovating dirty glass and protecting it with ‘non-stick’, easy clean ClearShield® protection) used Ritec Limescale Remover as a trial to clean the glass fast and with minimal fuss. The results as you can see are amazing!

The delighted client has subsequently specified ClearShield Eco-Glass® protection so the glass will, in the future, resist limescale build-up as well as dirt and discolouration. The newly upgraded glass will also be easier to clean and keep clean and maintain a longer-lasting beautiful appearance.

Using the award-winning Ritec ClearShield Eco-System® – specially developed to renovate, protect and maintain glass surfaces – the ordinary glass will be upgraded to ClearShield Eco-Glass®. As there is no need to replace the glass, this is a very cost-effective method to get glass looking as good as new, with additional lower maintenance benefits.

If you have a limescale problem in or around your home, contact Ritec for our amazing Limescale Remover! Available as a handy trigger spray bottle, it is effective on glass, ceramics, stainless steel, chrome, enamel, plastic and most other hard surfaces (always test on a discrete area first; do not use on marble, stone, granite or other surfaces that are not acid-resistant).

ClearShield® Proves Real Worth for Country Club Apartments in Mexico

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Transparencia en Servicios – the official Marketing Partner of Ritec International Limited for Mexico – renovated and protected glass at Bosque Real Country Club in Huixquilucan, Mexico City.

Bosque Real Country Club is a picturesque complex that includes 9- and 18-hole golf courses, shopping mall, hospital and many luxury villas and high-rise apartments. From 2005-09, Bosque Real was the venue for the MasterCard Classic, an annual tournament for professional female golfers on the LPGA Tour.

For such a prestigious location, a pristine appearance has to be maintained at all times. Unfortunately keeping the glass looking like new was difficult: rain, pollution and dirt all combine to ruin the visibility and appearance of glass. Water from sprinkler systems also constantly landed on the glass, further compounding the problem as over time, it leaves unsightly water marks. With glass cleaning becoming less and less effective, Transparencia en Servicios stepped in to resolve the problem.

 

Transparencia en Servicios provides an on-site service to renovate, protect and maintain glass with the Ritec ClearShield Eco-System®. Once ordinary glass is renovated to an ‘as-new’ appearance, it is then applied with award-winning ClearShield® glass surface treatment, upgrading the glass to ClearShield Eco-Glass®. This higher quality of glass is ‘non-stick’ and always easier to clean and keep clean. Its stain-resistant properties maintain optimum visibility and clarity, ensuring a longer-lasting pristine appearance, and the frequency of cleaning is typically halved. Owners of properties with newly-treated glass just love the results that ClearShield® brings!

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Although Transparencia en Servicios treated window and balustrade glass in a number of apartments within the Bosque Real Country Club complex, the ClearShield Eco-System® works on any glass, interior or exterior, old or new. With almost 40 years of track records, glass treated with ClearShield® is proven to be an economical and durable alternative to replace glass that can no longer be cleaned effectively.

If you have old glass that needs to be brought back to life, contact us to find out how the ClearShield Eco-System® can help you.

ClearShield® Transforms Glass in Mexican Neighbourhood!

Earlier this year, Transparencia en Servicios – the official Marketing Partner of Ritec International Limited for Mexico – completed a number of glass renovation and protection projects in Bosques de las Lomas. This affluent residential neighbourhood and business centre is located in southwestern Mexico City and falls partly in Cuajimalpa borough and partly in Miguel Hidalgo borough.

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Transparencia en Servicios specialise in the on-site application of the award-winning ClearShield Eco-System® to renovate and protect existing glass. The System is tried and tested over extended periods of time for all types of glass (new or old, exterior or interior) in all types of locations (urban, countryside, coastal) and in all types of environmental conditions (hot, cold, dry, humid, windy, sandy). Glass treated with the ClearShield Eco-System® becomes ClearShield Eco-Glass® that is ‘non-stick’ and easier to clean and keep clean. Because it resists staining and discolouration, the glass looks pristine for longer.

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The types of projects Transparencia en Servicios completed include glass in private residences, balustrades and building façades. In all instances, the glass has been transformed to an ‘as-new’ appearance but without the financial expense and inconvenience associated with replacing glass. The newly-upgraded ClearShield Eco-Glass® will protect the glass from future staining and will be much easier to maintain; typically the frequency of cleaning is halved.

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The results have left occupiers amazed with just what the ClearShield Eco-System® can do to transform dirty glass. The pristine glass helps to maintain a cleaner and safer image for the neighbourhood.

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So if your old glass needs to be brought back to life, contact us to find out how the ClearShield Eco-System® can help you!

Ritec International SafePQQ-Accredited for Greater Supply Chain Transparency

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It gives Ritec International great pleasure to be awarded SafePQQ accreditation a year after its introduction by Alcumus SafeContractor, a leading third-party accreditation scheme.

SafePQQ is an extension of the SafeContractor health and safety contractor management system and provides organisations with greater visibility of their supply chain compliance. It is an online product built to include the common question sets defined within PAS91, a standardised pre-qualification questionnaire.

Only contractors with the SafeContractor accreditation are eligible for SafePQQ and submit their details once a year. SafePQQ collects and verifies information including financial data, environmental management, quality management, equality, modern slavery, anti-bribery and GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). The scheme gives businesses the confidence that they have the most up to date information on a company’s supply chain compliance, helping them make informed decisions on procurement choices.

For Ritec, being SafePQQ accredited means it can demonstrate that the company is a safe, ethical and sustainable one to work with through the SafePQQ verification badge.

Martin Burkett AIIRSM, Ritec’s Production Manager, says: “Being SafePQQ Verified means as a supplier, we share our values with customers. In conjunction with SafeContractor, SafePQQ aligns the Health and Safety module and other key elements of PAS91, a construction industry specification, and is recognised across all industries. This gives our existing and potential customers the utmost confidence in working with us.”

Ritec is already accredited or certified with many industry standard schemes, and SafePQQ is another demonstration of Ritec’s commitment to continuous improvement.

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

Pitcher Perfect! Ritecoat® Restores Railings at Prestigious Golf Resort

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ClearShield SA is Ritec International’s Official Marketing Partner for South Africa. Not only are they fully trained in the application of the ClearShield Eco-System® for the renovation, ‘non-stick’ protection and maintenance of glass, they can treat other surfaces too with the equally remarkable Ritecoat System™.

This System is used to restore metal, plastic and painted surfaces and provide durable ‘non-stick’ protection. With the Ritecoat System™, ClearShield SA recently treated 41 linear metres of stainless steel railings on-site in Oubaai, a prestigious and picturesque residential golf estate in The Garden Route on South Africa’s southern coast.

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The renovation process of the System removed all existing dirt, staining and rust marks using specialist Ritec products. This restored the stainless steel back to its original, ‘as-new’ appearance, absolutely delighting the clients. After the renovation process was the application of Ritecoat 2200 to provide the ‘non-stick’, easy-clean protection that resists future staining and maintains this pristine appearance between cleaning cycles.

This achievement is a prime example of what the Ritecoat System™ can accomplish, and it saved the client time and hassle too as an alternative to outright replacement.

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Sticking to the subject of golf, ClearShield SA also renovated and protected glass in a beach home belonging to one of the country’s famous golfers.

Using the ClearShield Eco-System®, they first carried out a demonstration: two panes of existing glass started out equally clean, one treated with ClearShield® and the other without treatment.

After just three weeks, the difference was already clear, resulting in the client ordering all sea-facing window and door glass to be treated with ClearShield®. This will ensure a long-lasting, clearer view with less dirt build-up and reduced maintenance. Another prestigious job for ClearShield South Africa!

For more information about ClearShield SA, please visit www.clearshield.co.za. For more information about Ritec and the Ritecoat™ and ClearShield® Systems for surface renovation and protection, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

Ritec Launch New Disinfect-All™: A Bug’s Worst Enemy!

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Keeping surfaces clean and hygienic is of course important for your health. Introducing new Ritec Disinfect-All™, a powerful all-in-one general cleaner and disinfectant to help you do just that!

Disinfect-All™ is so powerful that it kills MRSA, HIV Virus, Hepatitis B and C, C. Difficile and many other types of viruses and bacteria.

Highly versatile Disinfect-All™ works on most surfaces, including glass, metal, plastic, flooring, rubber and even upholstery. Disinfect-All™ also works on Ritec ‘non-stick’, easy-clean ClearShield Eco-Glass®*.

  • Better cleanliness and hygiene
  • Eliminates unpleasant odours
  • Non-flammable, not classified as hazardous
  • Pleasant, long-lasting fragrance

In short, Disinfect-All™ is ideal for most hard and soft surfaces in domestic, commercial and industrial applications, including floors, wall panels, washbasins, toilets and urinals.

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Disinfect-All™ is now available from our secure online store www.clearshield.biz for UK and Ireland residents in 500ml handy trigger spray bottles and economical 300ml concentrate refill packs (when diluted this will give you 1 litre of Disinfect-All™).

Stay clean, hygienic and healthy!

*If you have a shower protected with ClearShield®, you will still need to use Ritec’s specialist After-Care for Shower Glass to maintain your  shower warranty.