Many people are unaware of the nano-technology in action within modern hydrophobic sprays. Other people swear by it. What is hydrophobic spray and what does it do?
Everybody loves the feeling of having new stuff. The pride and satisfaction when finishing an alfresco area off the back of your house. The awe and bragging rights that come with a new boat. A new car, or even the flash new car seats for the baby, feels good. It doesn’t last long.
Beautiful sandstone buildings when clean. But, it doesn’t take long for discolouration to begin.
Unfortunately, like us humans, everything ages with time. Degradation from sun, dirt, and the most damaging, water. The novelty of having something new wears off sooner or later.
Traditional waterproof sprays like Scotch Guard coat a surface with a thin silicon layer. This provides a barrier to water, temporarily. A visible skin that you can actually feel quickly wears off with abrasion.
Intelligent Nano Technology
Environmentally friendly, hydrophobic sprays are water based and not toxic. They work on a nano-scale, 1,000 times smaller than a single strand of hair.
When the spray dries on and importantly within your surface, the nanoscopic molecules intelligently re-assemble themselves into a grid around each fibre. This happens on an unbelievably small scale. This changes the way water behaves on the surface.
Water damage and stains, mould, mildew and growth are dramatically reduced. Your surfaces stay looking new for longer. Here are my 10 favourite uses for hydrophobic nano sprays:
- Glass Pool Fence
Contemporary glass fencing around the pool seems to be the norm. They look great when they’re clean. Splashes from the pool water can leave a white residue over time. Rain splashes dirt up from the ground, birds poop, and grubby children's hands take the look away.
Applying a hydrophobic nanospray essentially provides a self-cleaning mechanism. Dirt and filth don’t bond as well to the glass so a heavy downpour of rain or the hose leaves the glass clear again. Water does not film on treated glass. This effect is great for solar panels too.
- Exterior House Cladding
Typically on the southern side of houses in Australia, black water stains can form and the run down the surface.
This common black looking grime on exterior cladding is a microfungus called Cladosporium. It thrives in humid and moister conditions. Such as, the side of your house that doesn’t get sun. Hydrophobic spray prevents moisture and dirt from hanging around, leaving no chance of survival for the fungi.
Stone and concrete walls, statues, tiles and paved areas also tend to accumulate cosmetic and degrading from black grime that once cleaned with a gurney is easily prevented from returning using a modern nanospray.
- Outdoor Furniture
Good quality outdoor fabrics and cushions have a great resilience to UV damage. They often made to also resist water stains and damage. However, as soon as they begin to age, they go bad really quick. When you try to clean them, they’re good for shorter and shorter periods
Hydrophobic sprays will top and extend the fabric's resistance to water stains and damage. Interior cushions can be treated in a bucket so they will also look newer for longer. If they’re accidentally left out in the rain, their dies are less likely to run and mould will not establish.