POSTED: 8:07 p.m. HST, Aug 22, 2010
University of Hawaii-Manoa students might notice a cleaner, brighter campus when they return to school tomorrow, a result of a pilot project to remove mold, dirt, green algae and other blights from buildings using an environmentally friendly cleaning product produced by Hawaii-based CBI Polymers.
Areas around the Queen Liliuokalani Center for Students, Sakamaki Hall courtyard, Kennedy Theatre and the Stan Sheriff Center were treated with the water-soluble gel, which traps dirt and debris as it hardens and can be peeled away much like thick plastic wrap.
In a news release issued by the university and CBI Polymers, Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw said she was impressed with the results of the pilot program, which was conducted at no cost to the university.
"It definitely has a 'wow' factor, and it was exciting for our Manoa Makeover student volunteers who had a chance to peel off the product and see how clean the surface could become," Hinshaw said.
The product was developed by CBI Polymers, headed by UH alumnus Hank Wu, and is marketed as DeconGel.