Welcome to the future! It's time for spray-on glass!
You heard it here first. Possibly. Maybe not. We're soon going to be able to buy liquid glass in a spray-can! For a fiver a pop!
It's SiO2, or liquid glass - and this new wunderproduct is transparent, non-toxic and, according to the PR, can "protect virtually any surface against almost any damage from hazards such as water, UV radiation, dirt, heat, and bacterial infections". Carumba!
In fact, the more you read about the product, the more you'll think it's an elaborate ruse:
The spray cannot be seen by the naked eye, which means it could also be used to treat clothing and other materials to make them stain-resistant. In the home, spray-on glass would eliminate the need for scrubbing and make most cleaning products obsolete. Since it is available in both water-based and alcohol-based solutions, it can be used in the oven, in bathrooms, tiles, sinks, and almost every other surface in the home, and one spray is said to last a year.
One bottle to rule them all? Possibly. How many supermarkets will be happy stocking the product and subsequently losing the huge margins on whole rows of their inventory?
Tests are been carried about by companies across Europe to determine what its uses are and exactly how much money it'll make the patent holders. Food processing companies in Germany have already carried out trials and reported surfaces that usually needed to be cleaned with strong bleach to keep them sterile needed only a hot water rinse if they were coated with liquid glass. It's even been tested on headstones in the UK since the glass is resistant to weathering and graffiti. That'll make it perfect for coating toddlers, too.