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Midas Earthcote, Steracon and Hidden Valley Winery

5 Mar

SPECIAL PROJECT: Midas Earthcote, Steracon Byotrol paint and Hidden Valley Winery

THE celebrated Hidden Valley Winery in Stellenbosch holds many secrets under the skin. Breakthrough technologies and a scientific approach to the art of wine-making are very much a part of the recipe behind their award-winning wines. So when it came to keeping all the interior surfaces of their cellars in perfect order for wine production, the Hidden Valley Winery project managers called for a best of breed solution.

The solution involved an anti-bacterial paint product exclusive to Midas Earthcote. Midas Steracon paint systems contain Byotrol – an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal additive that repels bacteria, fungi and other potentially harmful microbes. Ideal for any production facility that requires protection against harmful microbes, Steracon products are bio-degradable and fully comply with SABS 1853 food standard.

Steracon is a customised, service-linked solution for industries that depend on hygienic conditions. The range of paints and decontamination solutions is supplied by Midas Earthcote, while the application is independently managed and monitored by Qualytech. A 3-year warranty is supplied – extendable indefinitely with a maintenance contract.

In the case of Hidden Valley Winery, Qualytech worked alongside builders and paint contractor BL Williams, testing the bacteria count on site before painting began. They then re-tested after application to ensure that the bacteria count was safely below 1000 RRU’s – the baseline safety indicator for bacterial presence.

“After our labs have taken successful swab tests of the walls for bacterial presence, we issue a certificate of efficacy to the paint contractor and their client – in this case, Hidden Valley Winery”, says Qualytech consultant John Foyn. “This is a joint initiative with Midas Earthcote, which owns exclusive rights to the use of Byotrol bacteria-fighting additive in South Africa and all SADEC countries.”

Midas Earthcote recently tendered to supply Steracon coatings to nine breweries owned by the largest beer manufacturing group, globally. Besides the obvious value to large food and beverage production plants, Steracon has become the coating of choice in abbatoirs, clinics, hospitals and even a growing number of domestic projects.

Steracon Byotrol paint is also frequently specified in domestic environments, particularly for bathrooms and exterior walls that get infrequent exposure to sunlight, and where fungus is an issue.

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Midas Steracon Byotrol Paints

30 Jan

STERACON: Midas Steracon Byotrol Paints

LIFE is becoming increasingly sophisticated. Our environment is becoming progressively more populated with greater numbers of people living and working in closer proximity to each other. These changes in our habitat have brought with it an increased exposure to harmful pollutants and diseases.

In an effort to combat these contaminators, a vast range of antidotes, pesticides and detergents have been developed. Though effective in part, these have unfortunately also contributed to the development of so-called “Super Bugs”.

These disease-producing organisms can spread to large numbers of people via food, objects and buildings. Areas specifically at risk of contamination are heated, ventilated and air-conditioned buildings.

One example of a micro-organism which thrives in such an environment is Cladosporium. This colonises the painted metal surfaces of heating vents, air conditioning and ventilation systems – penetrating the paint and causing bio-deterioration – impacting on the quality of indoor air.

Combating harmful microbes with regular, rigorous cleaning regimes are inevitably temporal, since this only provides a limited barrier on most surfaces. Furthermore, surfaces such as plasterboard, bricks and glass-fibre are almost impossible to keep clean. A more permanent solution is clearly required.

Midas Earthcote Paints is proud to offer this solution. Our Steracon Paints range contains the active ingredient Byotrol, which ensures that the bacteria, fungi, mould etc. continue to be rigorously combated months after application.

Steracon is a highly specialised range of products all containing Byotrol – an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal additive with an active ingredient that repels bacteria, fungi and other potentially harmful microbes. Steracon is ideal for commercial and medical environments, such as abattoirs, hospitals, wine production facilities and any other areas that need protection against harmful microbes. Steracon is also widely used in domestic environments and is more and more frequently being specified for bathrooms and exterior walls that get no sunlight. – www.midaspaints.co.za

Very simply, Byotrol contains non-chemical bonds which create a high & low surface tension on the coated surfaces. This severely impedes micro-organisms’ ability to reproduce and grow. In turn, this makes the micro-organisms more vulnerable to the small amount of biocides contained in the coating, which together builds an effective hygienic shield.

Midas Steracon Paints – Colour Range

Midas Steracon Paints Colour Range

Midas Steracon Paints Colour Range

Steracon Low Sheen can be used both internally and externally on new and previously painted masonry surfaces. It is also ideally suited for heavy wear areas, such as passages and in bathrooms and kitchens, where it provides both decorative and microbial protection to applied areas.

It is important to note that Byotrol does not provide a chemical barrier, but rather a physical barrier which makes it environmentally safe and non-hazardous to people. Proof of this is evidenced by the fact that Byotrol carries SABS 1853 (food-grade) certification, and is used extensively in food preparation surfaces both locally and internationally. Current Steracon customers include hospitals, winerys, Heinz, Woolworths and Midas Paints.

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Franschhoek welcomes new Paint&Place

14 Dec

OPENING: Franschhoek welcomes a new Paint&Place to the Village Artisan

FRANSCHHOEK is known by many as the food and wine capital of the country. It hosts more award-winning restaurants than anywhere else in South Africa. Once a sleepy country retreat, the village of Franschhoek began experiencing a boom since the 1990s. Today it appeals to an audience of lifestyle lovers, cultural enthusiasts and those who enjoy some of the finer things in life.

To add to the colourful diversity of Franschhoek, one of the oldest paint contractors in the country, Paul Silberman, will officially be opening a Paint&Place in Franschhoek next week. Paul Silberman has been in the paint industry for 30 years – having spent 15 of those years in Sea Point.

Paul knows all the facets of the paint industry and is credited with having refurbished one of the oldest farmhouses in Franschhoek. This 1913 homestead, called Domaine Des Anges, has been transformed to its former grandeur.

Domaine Des Anges Homestead

The Domaine Des Anges homestead painted with Peinture and Midas Roof Paint

Domaine Des Anges

Domaine Des Anges


Paul made use of a variety of Midas Paint products to restore Domaine Des Anges to its former glory. For the outside of the building he used Peinture and Midas Roof Paint – specifically ‘Simply Charcoal’. On the inside he used Pigmented Floorcote, Stucco and Down To Earth Matt.


The renovation of the Colmant winery – tucked away in the far end of Franschhoek Valley, is another project that Paul Silberman has been proud to be involved in. For the outside of the winery Paul coated the walls using Midas 240. To create the unique ambiance inside the winery, Paul used Steracon – a highly specialised product containing an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal additive with an active ingredient that repels bacteria, fungi and other potentially harmful microbes.

Colmant Winery

The Colmant winery coated with Midas 240 and Steracon

Inside the Colmant Winery

Inside the Colmant Winery

Paul Silberman is a specialist when it comes to renovations, and is ready to offer his advice, service and expertise to anyone looking to renovate their home.

The new Paint&Place store in the Village Artisan of Franschhoek (Shop no. 80C) has been tastefully done in that old French style which is so typical of Franschhoek. The freshly coated store will cater to the whole Cape Winelands area and is centrally located for all visitors to enjoy the wonderful pleasures of the Western Cape.

Franschhoek Paint&Place Contact Details:

TEL: 021-876 2082
CELL: 082 567 6162

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