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Transparent coating protects surfaces

 

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Scientists have yet to invent the self-cleaning shower. But if Self-Cleen ST3 lives up to its claims, it could be the next best thing.

The two-part coating repels water and the residues it leaves on bathroom surfaces, including hard-water deposits and soap scum, according to the manufacturer. It also makes it more difficult for mold, mildew and bacteria to grow.

Surfaces need to be cleaned and rid of scale deposits before the coating is applied, a process that involves spraying on the two parts, swirling them together with a cloth and wiping off the excess. The transparent coating provides a protective barrier.

The product can be used on toilets, tubs, glass doors, tub and shower surrounds, plumbing fixtures, and mirrors. Most surfaces need to be recoated every six months. Toilet bowls require recoating every three months.

A coating kit costs $39.95 at www.selfcleen.com. Shipping is extra.

ON THE SHELF

Seeing Flowers looks at blooms in a way you probably never have.

Author Teri Dunn Chace and photographer Robert Llewellyn teamed up to explore flowers in intricate detail — the subtleties of their colors, the delicacy of their petals, the form of their leaves.

Llewellyn’s photography forms the basis of the book ( Seeing Flowers: Discover the Hidden Life of Flowers, Timber Press, $29.95 in hardcover).

He created each photograph with a process that involved shooting smaller images at various points of focus and then combining them into a single photo using software developed for use with microscopes.

The result is a series of captivating, exquisitely detailed images, which Chace enhances with information about the plants.

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