Bostik, Inc., a world leader in specialty adhesives and installation systems for building construction, is very much aware that microbial growth on the surface of grout or below any floor-line can not only reduce aesthetics — it also can shorten the lifespan of any floor covering. Additionally, with sustained, elevated building moisture conditions, bacterial and fungal growth occurs.
Bostik’s Blockade™ offers antimicrobial protection by blocking the growth of bacteria, mold or mildew on the surface of the dried grout and flooring adhesive. “From a building owner’s standpoint, nobody wants intrusion from bacterial growth to take place,” stated Jake Stadler, Bostik’s Market Manager, Hardwood and Resilient Installation Systems. “That’s why Blockade™ is included in the formulations of so many Bostik installation full system products.”
Blockade™ is now a major component of Bostik industry-leading hardwood adhesives, moisture vapor barrier coatings, grouts, resilient adhesives, surface preparation and waterproofing systems. “Especially now, people are more than ever focused regarding the cleanliness of their surroundings, “ added Stadler. “Whether a flooring installation is residential or commercial, minimizing bacterial and fungal growth from ground up has become a necessity.”
In addition to the residential kitchen and bath “wet areas,” there are myriad areas within the commercial construction sector where moisture conditions lead to increased bacterial contaminates. Bostik’s Blockade™ not only offers architects, general contractors and building owners dried grout and flooring adhesive surface protection from these possible conditions. Moving forward, it also offers them peace of mind.
About Bostik, an Arkema company
Bostik, a subsidiary of the Arkema Group and a global player in specialty adhesives for the construction, consumer and industrial markets, develops innovative and multifunctional sealing and bonding solutions that have been shaping our daily lives for over 130 years. With an annual sales of 2.1 billion euros in 2019 and a presence in more than 40 countries 6,000 employees, the company is committed to meeting the major ecological, energy and technological challenges through its innovations. It is focused on continuous improvement and operational excellence to meet the expectations of its customers and partners. www.bostik.com .
Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a world-leading technology portfolio to address ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become in 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into three complementary, resilient and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials – Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials and Coating Solutions – accounting for some 80% of Group sales, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, inter alia, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders. The Group reported sales of €8.7 billion in 2019, and operates in some 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide. www.arkema.com.