Fila set to launch two new surface solution products at Coverings 2014

Fila, the natural surface care specialist, will be launching two new high performance treatments at Coverings 2014 (April 29 – May 2).  FILASTOP DIRT, the new fila 1protective dirt-barrier, is designed to create an invisible dirt-repellant barrier on textured and unpolished porcelain, and FILANO DROPS is a dual-purpose glass cleaner and protector. 

Designed for indoor and outdoor surfaces, FILASTOP DIRT chemically bonds to surfaces, providing resistance to foot traffic and general wear.  It also protects against water and oil stains, and limits water retention; this has been demonstrated by lab tests conducted on surfaces that were laid in accordance with UNI 11493. FILASTOP DIRT is UV-resistant, will not yellow, and it will not alter the material’s original degree of slip resistance, as proven in tests conforming to the B.C.R.A. and ASTMC 1028- 2007 methods.  FILASTOP DIRT’s ready-to-use formulation also features Micrometrics technology* – tried-and–tested science that respects the end user and the environment.

filaFILANO DROPS is a new addition to Fila’s Green Line.  The no-rinse spray treatment cleans without streaks, and creates an invisible hydrophilic film – similar to water molecules – so water droplets slide off surfaces without leaving lime scale residues.    It is solvent-free and its non-acidic formula is ideal for showers, mirrors, glass mosaics and glazed ceramics.  It can also be used to clean faucets, stainless steel and Plexiglas, and plastic.

For more information about any of Fila’s surface care solutions products, please contact Fila Chemicals USA Corp on tel. +1 305-513-0708, visit us at our website  [email protected] , or stop at Coverings 2014 Fila’s Booth # L15027 

Editors’ Note: 

Established in 1943, Fila is a global, eco-focused company.  It specialises in surface care solutions for marble, natural stone, porcelain, terracotta and wood.   Combining the traditional values of a family-run firm with innovative product development, Fila products are recommended by over 200 floor manufacturers throughout the world.

*Like all FILA products, FILASTOP DIRT contains micrometric particles that are the same size as stone/ceramic pores – between 10-3 and 10-6 μm – so they are able to penetrate a tile’s pores effectively.  Unlike new nanotech-sized particles – which are more reactive and small enough to enter cells and tissues – tried-and-tested micrometric particles pose no risk to the environment, or public health. 

Restore shine safely with added-value Fila Kristall Plus

Fila has launched a new shine-restorer for polished natural stone.  Part of Fila’s surface maintenance range, new FILA KRISTALL PLUS is a professional crystallizer that restores natural sheen to worn tiles, without compromising safety.  The new high-coverage treatment is ideal for the professional renovation of marble, travertine, agglomerates and limestone, in both domestic and commercial installations.

filaFILA KRISTALL PLUS requires no dilution, is easy to apply and provides high coverage; one litre of product treats approx. 50 m².  As well as restoring sheen quickly, FILA KRISTALL PLUS creates additional resistance to daily traffic, making on-going maintenance faster and easier.  Also, unlike many crystallizing products which can make the surface slippery, FILA KRISTALL PLUS is also certified to meet international standard safety parameters.  

After cleaning the floor with a degreasing detergent, FILA KRISTALL PLUS is sprayed onto the dry surface and immediately polished, using a single-brush machine; first at 150 rpm with a white disc, then at 400 rpm with a steel wool disc.   The acid pH preparation is free from hydrochloric acid (also known as muriatic acid), so it will not erode aluminium or steel – or present a hazard to users or the environment.

For more information on Fila’s surface care range, please contact Fila Chemicals USA Corp on tel. +1 305-513-0708 or visit


Editors’ Note:  Established in 1943, Fila is a global, eco-focused company.  It specialises in surface care solutions for marble, natural stone, porcelain, terracotta and wood.   Combining the traditional values of a family-run firm with innovative product development, Fila products are recommended by over 200 floor manufacturers throughout the world.

For further media information and photography, please contact Angela Fitzhugh PR Ltd (UK) on tel. +44 (01590) 688667 or email [email protected]

Nuheat launches North America’s 1st WiFi Floor Heating Thermostat

Nuheat SIGNATURE WiFi thermostat.

Nuheat SIGNATURE WiFi thermostat.

Las Vegas, Nevada – January 7, 2014—Nuheat announced this morning at the Consumer Electronics Show, that it will launch North America’s first WiFi floor heating thermostat, the Nuheat SIGNATURE.

The Nuheat SIGNATURE will give homeowners full access to all thermostat settings with wireless remote access through a smartphone app (iOS or Android) or a web browser.  Changing the temperature or schedule, or viewing energy usage will all be at the homeowners’ fingertips.

The Nuheat SIGNATURE is like no other in our industry,” said Wally Lo, Nuheat’s Product Manager. “It has been designed and developed exclusively for Nuheat by OJ Electronics and after over a year of development, we are extremely excited to bring it to market. Extensive market research from homeowners and contractors alike confirmed the market is expecting connectivity for remote access.  A myriad of household products ranging from locks to lights to heating systems offer the ease of on-the-go control. Our new thermostat allows the user to activate the floor heat for vacation properties or, to simply turn up the heat for a cozy return home.”

The Nuheat SIGNATURE will available for sales in spring 2014.

Product Features:

  • WiFi – Easily connects to Wi-Fi network;  802.11 b/g/n compatible and a fully secure network WEP, WPA and WPA2
  • Screen – 3.5”, 320×480 pixel color backlit LCD touchscreen
  • Remote access – Control via free smartphone apps (iOS and Android) or a web browser
  • Programmable – 7-day programmability
  • Weather – Outdoor temperature and weather forecast information available according to zip/postal code; supported by The Weather Channel
  • Energy Usage –View hourly, weekly and monthly usage on the thermostat unit
  • Nuheat User Portal – Control thermostats in multiple zones/rooms/homes and input local kilowatt charges and heated area square footage for more detailed energy costs
  • Universally compatible – Compatible with most electric floor heating systems (those with a 10K Ω sensor)
  • Easy to Use – “Set-up Wizard” and Test Mode for proper installation
  • Flooring – Suitable for tile and stone and has a temperature limiting (82°F) feature for laminate and engineered wood floors
  • GFCI – Built-in Class A GFCI
  • Custom Preferences – Users can set custom preferences ranging from languages (Eng/Fre/Spa), 12 or 24 hour clock, C° or F°, to screen brightness
  • Design Element – Boasts a high gloss frame with a modern borderless clear acrylic overlay
  • Specifications – UL approved, dual-voltage; compatible for 120V and 240V systems. 15-amp relay to control up to 150 square feet in 120V and 300 square feet in 240V
  • Warranty – 3-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Sensor – Can be controlled by floor or room temperature sensor
  • Clock – Automatic daylight savings time. Back-up power for up to 12 hours
  • Adaptive – Adapts turn-on time to ensure floor is always warm at your scheduled time

About Nuheat

 Based in Vancouver, Canada, Nuheat is North America’s leading manufacturer of electric floor heating systems and a distributor of heat trace for pipes, roof & gutters and slab. Nuheat products have been included in such celebrated projects as the Shangri-La Tower in Vancouver, the Hyatt Grand in Aspen, the Plaza Hotel in New York and Montreal’s city hall.

About OJ Electronics

OJ Electronics was established in 1964 and is today one of the world’s leading manufacturers of under floor heating and HVAC controls. Headquartered in Sønderborg, Denmark, OJ’s products are available through distributors worldwide. OJ holds a strong international position with subsidiaries and sales offices placed in global markets, including US, UK, Russia, and Poland.


bostikBostik, Inc. (, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of adhesives and sealants, announced today that it is introducing a groundbreaking new adhesion technology. Named Axios™ Tri-Linking™ Polymer Technology, the innovation is expected to raise the standard for single-solution, hardwood flooring installation adhesives.

A genuine breakthrough in adhesion science, Axios™ distinguishes itself from the competition at the molecular level.

Modern hardwood adhesives contain linear polymer chains and therefore can only link to other molecules at each end. With Axios™ Tri-Linking™ Polymer Technology, Bostik introduces a revolutionary molecule that features three branches, like a tripod. The unique molecules are able to link in three locations instead of only two, creating a stronger bond.

The branched molecule also means that Tri-Linking polymers become more entangled, creating a tighter, interwoven layer that dramatically improves overall bond strength, moisture protection, and sound reduction.

“Bostik has a long history of creating transformative innovation,” said Mike Jenkins, Business Director, Consumer & Construction Business Unit at Bostik. “More than two decades ago, we launched Bostik’s Best which changed the industry and remains the top selling hardwood flooring adhesive of all time. Next, we launched products that offered unlimited moisture vapor protection and Thickness Control™ Spacer Technology, which eliminated moisture testing, reduced noise and simplified installation. Bostik’s global Axios™ technology represents the next wave of innovation which continues our industry leading position in bringing Smart Solutions that make installers as productive and profitable as possible.”

In addition to the superior bonding, moisture protection and sound reduction performance, Axios™ Tri-Linking™ Polymer Technology is also easy-to-clean from prefinished hardwood flooring before and after cure. Clean after cure with a simple plastic scraper and buff with a dry cloth.

There will be two product formulations of Axios™ Tri-Linking™ Polymer Technology to meet a variety of residential and commercial hardwood flooring installations:

•Ultra-Set SingleStep2™ is a high performance adhesive, moisture control, and sound reduction membrane all in one.  It contains SoundGuard™ sound reduction barrier that typically outperforms ¼” thick cork underlayment, eliminating the costly labor and materials required to transport and install these secondary acoustical sheet membranes. Ultra-Set SingleStep2™ also contains Bostik’s patent-pending Thickness Control™ Spacer Technology, which helps ensure proper membrane thickness is maintained between the hardwood flooring and substrate. Installers can use mallets to engage the tongue and groove or even walk on their work during the installation process without significant reduction in the film thickness that could compromise moisture protection and sound control.

•GreenForce™ delivers the superior bonding, unlimited moisture vapor protection, and ease of cleaning before and after cure offered by the Axios™ technology.  However, it is priced at the lower end of the pricing spectrum because it does not include the Thickness Control™ Spacer Technology or SoundGuard™ sound reduction capabilities. This positioning makes GreenForce™ a terrific solution for jobs where sound reduction and membrane thickness control isn’t a primary consideration.

Bostik will formally unveil Axios™ at the 2014 Surfaces show in Las Vegas on January 28. Anyone interested in additional information or quotes should contact Eric Kurtz, Market Manager – Hardwood & Soft Flooring Systems, at [email protected]

About Bostik, Inc.
Bostik is a leading global adhesive specialist in industrial manufacturing, construction and consumer markets. For more than a century, they have been developing innovative adhesive solutions that are smarter and more adaptive to the forces that shape people’s daily lives. From cradle to grave, from home to office, Bostik’s smart adhesives can be found everywhere. With annual sales in excess of $2 billion, the company employs 4,800 people and has a presence in more than 50 countries. Bostik is a company of Total. Visit for more information.

MAPEI introduces MAPEI Ultralite Mortar Pro

ultralite-mortar-proMAPEI has introduced MAPEI Ultralite Mortar Pro, a professional-grade, lightweight, single-component mortar that can be used for medium-bed and non-sag applications as well as for thin-set installations. This thixotropic mortar is geared to large-format tile installations on walls and floors. A green product that can contribute to LEED with more than 20% recycled content, the lightweight mortar with Ultralite Technology™ provides twice the coverage of a standard thin-set mortar per pound (0,45 kg), providing transportation savings and makes hauling it on the jobsite easier for installers. This polymer-modified mortar is formulated with Easy Glide Technology™ for ease of application.


American Bullnose Company

American Bullnose Company produces custom-fabricated bullnose and related trim tile for manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and contractors throughout North America, with seven locations serving all major U.S. markets. With American Bullnose, bullnose is available for every tile, whether it’s a few pieces for a special order or several thousand for stock. The company’s proprietary glazing and re-firing process results in a hard, long-lasting, high-quality finish that will not scratch, wear, or wash off. And because bullnose is fabricated from the customer’s field tile, back orders and dye-lot issues are virtually eliminated.


wedi launches new Riolito Shower Base

wedi launches the brand-new, single-slope, 32” x 60” Riolito Shower Base within its Fundo Riolito family of linear drains. This traditional single slope base  is perfect for installations atop plywood floors, and can be used with wedi curbs. It has a 32″ width, making it ideal for tub replacements or for use with wedi Full Foam Curb to create a 36” x 60” shower. Other Riolito Shower Base options offer a mild four-way slope which guarantees a level perimeter and seamless floor level entry installations into subfloors. Visit for the complete line of factory-integrated linear drain shower designs.


Crossville launches Reclamation

reclamationCrossville launches Reclamation, the brand’s first digitally-produced porcelain tile collection. The look is inspired by urban renewal and reclaimed materials – the essence of “industrial chic” from aesthetics to textures, blending modern style with a hint of nostalgia for versatile applications in residential and commercial settings. It’s available in four colors derived from the evolution of industry in America, with 16 different facings that interpret the look of wood, metal and concrete with a contemporary twist. Available in 12”x24” and 24”x24” field tiles, along with a 6”x24” graffiti-inspired etching accent and a 4”x24” bullnose.

Coverings ETC introduces Topaz Blue

Coverings ETC introduces Topaz Blue, the latest color in its Bio-Glass collection – and it’s made from 100% upcycled bottles taken from recycling centers, with no added colorants, epoxies or resins. Topaz Blue joins five other sustainable colors including White Diamond, Oriental Jade, Fossil Amber, Malachite, and Emerald Forest. Red Dot Design award winner Bio-Glass is stain proof and scratch resistant, making it ideal for kitchen counter-tops, backsplashes, vanities, and wall coverings. It is available in sheet sizes measuring 110″ x 49″ x 3/4″ thick. Bio-Glass is durable as granite and, being closed surface, is easily maintained.

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