Self-cleaning? Say no more.
Savoia has just unveiled its Active ceramic tiles. It works like this: when natural light falls on tiles treated with the Active finish, bacteria on the surface is reduced. For the science nerds among you, the production method uses titanium dioxide to clean organic substances when either sunlight or artificial UVA rays shine on the tiles. The chemical process underlying the reaction is oxidation. Whatever, they had me at self-cleaning! Look for more details in an upcoming Hot Home Products column.