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Tile hinders mold, mildew

(ran HN edition)

A dreaded task of removing mold and mildew from bathroom tile could be a chore of the past. Toto Kiki has introduced ceramic tile that is 99 percent effective in eliminating bacteria. The tiles also have deodorizing properties.

The bad news is that the tile, which costs about 25 percent more than conventional tile, is being sold only to hospitals, restaurants and other commercial customers.

Phil Klement, a regional sales manager, says it could be sold for residential use within a year.

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