NOVA SmartPeel Ceiling Tiles Revolutionize Kitchen Design
Depite an owner’s best efforts, cleanliness can be a challenge in even the best-maintained kitchens, given the constant presence of grease, steam and airborne odors. Perhaps that’s why the National Restaurant Association selected SmartPeel Ceiling Tile (previously known as Bio-Tile™), a revolutionary new product from NOVA Ceilings, previously Industrial Skins, LLC, as a recipient of its 2014 Kitchen Innovations (KI) Award.
The SmartPeel Ceiling Tile is a multiple layer, recyclable ceiling tile that adheres to existing or new ceiling tiles, allowing food preparers and restaurant operators to simply peel away one of the five layers when the ceiling surface needs to be cleaned. SmartPeel Ceiling Tile eliminates the need for labor-intensive cleaning with hazardous chemicals and landfill waste that inevitably results when the ceiling tiles are too worn and discarded.
“A fresh, clean kitchen is important to any restaurant owner or operator,” says NOVA Ceilings CEO Shawn Engberg. “The conventional method of cleaning ceiling tiles is labor intensive, requiring an individual to climb up and down a ladder to remove each tile, scrub it and replace it.
“In contrast, SmartPeel Ceiling Tile is not only cost-effective, but requires much less time,” he adds. “Some people have told me it reminds them of the windshields used ion NASCAR race cars. The crew simply peels off the used layer and they’re done. Compared to traditional cleaning methods and professional cleaning services, the cost savings is nearly 50 percent less than a maintenance employee, and 75 percent less than professional cleaning service.”
On average, each of SmartPeel Ceiling Tile's five individual layers typically lasts 12 to 15 months, depending upon how often dirt and grime build up, and will provide clean and efficient ceiling maintenance for approximately five years.
"Another benefit," says Engberg, "is improved lighting efficiency, which is important in any kitchen." By design, SmartPeel Ceiling Tile features a higher reflectivity rate — nearly 15 percent more when comparing the use of SmartPeel Ceiling Tile with conventional cleaning methods — for a significant improvement in lighting.
According to the National Restaurant Association, the Kitchen Innovations Award recipient was chosen by an independent panel of industry experts comprised of internationally recognized food facilities consultants, multi-unit restaurant executives, and design experts. Award recipients are selected based on how they address the trends and topics most important to foodservice operators today.
"Utilizing SmartPeel Ceiling Tile, periodic cleanings can be accomplished in a fraction of the time, at a fraction of the cost, yielding perfect results with every peel” Engberg concludes. “This makes it ideal for any business that requires a clean environment, including restaurants, kitchens and any other areas where food preparation occurs.”
This article was previously published in March of 2015. Product and company names have been updated.