Kiilto innovation led to patent


Kiilto Varma is the first and only floor polish on the market that is suitable for vinyl flooring in wet spaces and provides properties corresponding to those of a safety floor.

The patent can be traced back to Kiilto product developer Marjaana Halonen's idea, which involves combining the benefits of floor polish (easy cleaning and floor-protecting properties) with the advantages of a friction substance (safety floor-like surface that does not cause wear on shoes/soles of the feet or cleaning equipment).

Safety floors are expensive and difficult to clean and polish is used to make them easier to clean. Ordinary polishes become slippery when exposed to water and, as a result, cannot be used in wet spaces. Kiilto Varma floor polish contains particles that reduce the slipperiness of the floor even if there is water on the surface.

The product is suitable for vinyl flooring in actual wet spaces and for other spaces where people are likely to have wet feet/shoes, such as dressing rooms, entrance halls, nursing facilities, the spaces behind meat and fish counters, etc. Other uses include wheelchair ramps and other spaces used by the physically disabled and, for example, the elderly. Kiilto Varma is easy to spread, and it can be easily removed with ordinary floor polish remover.

Note: Kiilto Varma is especially intended for polish surfaces and, for example, is not suitable for ceramic tiles.

The patent has been applied for by and granted to Kiilto Oy, while the product itself is part of subsidiary KiiltoClean Oy’s Institutional product range. Until the patent application was submitted, Marjaana Halonen worked in detergent product development, but she is now responsible for parquet floor polishes and 1-component polyurethane adhesives. Detergent product development manager Heidi Kähkönen is responsible for the Kiilto Varma recipe.

Kiilto already has two other patents: one for a grout tinting system and the other for a tongue-and-groove adhesive method. Two other patents are still pending. The patent process usually lasts a minimum of two years.

More information: Heidi Kähkönen,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.