As populations grow and cities expand to meet increasing demand, public facilities are put under significant pressure. Services like public transport and healthcare need to be able to increase frequency and efficiency and maintain the functionality of existing infrastructure. However, one important aspect that can often be overlooked is the increased demand for upkeep associated with that infrastructure. With health facilities being placed under increasing demand and retail and transport infrastructure seeing more and more foot traffic, it’s no surprise that interior finishes quickly lose the polish associated with a newly opened building.

As airborne dust builds up, typical of transport facilities, the surfaces discolour and the entire feel of the space is degraded and devalued.

However, the cleanliness of transport hubs and hospitals are not only important for aesthetic appearances. The public’s health can be put at risk as well, as bio-contaminants such as bacteria; mould; and mildew builds up under the right conditions, particularly in high humidity environments and hard to clean places.

Armstrong Ceiling Solutions are industry leaders in commercial ceiling applications. Despite their story beginning over 150 years ago as a tiny two-man cork cutting shop in the United States, the trust and responsibility the Armstrong name is known for has allowed them to flourish globally.

Armstrong’s TrioGuard coated metal ceilings have been developed in response to their recognition of the issue of cleanliness in high traffic commercial environments. Market feedback has also indicated a desire for a ceiling that remains “just like new – for longer.” With general cleanliness along with dust and mould resistance as top priorities for a project’s ongoing maintenance, TrioGuard’s arrival is particularly apt, given the current expansion of Sydney’s rail and metro services.

TrioGuard has three primary roles; offering 10 years of dust resistance; repelling dust 10 times better than untreated tiles; and providing 10 years of colour stability. In this way, TrioGuard manages to preserve the appearance of the treated ceiling tiles. As a result, cleaning is required less frequently, with less effort and a lot quicker, thus reducing maintenance costs compared to ceilings without a TrioGuard coating. TrioGuard MetalWorks Ceilings can be cleaned with a soft brush, dry cloth, by vacuuming or with focus compressed air.

Furthermore, TrioGuard coated MetalWorks products from Armstrong offers a number of other qualities that architects and specifiers would expect from a high quality, resilient ceiling system. These include a wide range of standard and bespoke options, balanced acoustics, fire resistance, durability, simple functionality, and high light reflectance, which minimises lighting and energy costs. An additional performance factor of TrioGuard is its anti-microbial performance, which provides resistance against bio-contamination of surfaces from mould, mildew and bacteria growth.

To find out more about Armstrong Ceiling Solutions and TrioGuard, visit their website here