NOVA SmartPeel Ceiling Tiles Revolutionize Kitchen Design

Depite an owner’s best efforts, cleanliness can be a challenge in even the best-maintained kitchens, given the constant presence of grease, steam and airborne odors. Perhaps that’s why the National Restaurant Association selected SmartPeel Ceiling Tile (previously known as Bio-Tile™), a revolutionary new product from NOVA Ceilings, previously Industrial Skins, LLC, as a recipient of its 2014 Kitchen Innovations (KI) Award.

The SmartPeel Ceiling Tile is a multiple layer, recyclable ceiling tile that adheres to existing or new ceiling tiles, allowing food preparers and restaurant operators to simply peel away one of the five layers when the ceiling surface needs to be cleaned. SmartPeel Ceiling Tile eliminates the need for labor-intensive cleaning with hazardous chemicals and landfill waste that inevitably results when the ceiling tiles are too worn and discarded.

“A fresh, clean kitchen is important to any restaurant owner or operator,” says NOVA Ceilings CEO Shawn Engberg. “The conventional method of cleaning ceiling tiles is labor intensive, requiring an individual to climb up and down a ladder to remove each tile, scrub it and replace it.

“In contrast, SmartPeel Ceiling Tile is not only cost-effective, but requires much less time,” he adds. “Some people have told me it reminds them of the windshields used ion NASCAR race cars. The crew simply peels off the used layer and they’re done. Compared to traditional cleaning methods and professional cleaning services, the cost savings is nearly 50 percent less than a maintenance employee, and 75 percent less than professional cleaning service.”

On average, each of SmartPeel Ceiling Tile's five individual layers typically lasts 12 to 15 months, depending upon how often dirt and grime build up, and will provide clean and efficient ceiling maintenance for approximately five years.

"Another benefit," says Engberg, "is improved lighting efficiency, which is important in any kitchen." By design, SmartPeel Ceiling Tile features a higher reflectivity rate — nearly 15 percent more when comparing the use of SmartPeel Ceiling Tile with conventional cleaning methods — for a significant improvement in lighting.

According to the National Restaurant Association, the Kitchen Innovations Award recipient was chosen by an independent panel of industry experts comprised of internationally recognized food facilities consultants, multi-unit restaurant executives, and design experts. Award recipients are selected based on how they address the trends and topics most important to foodservice operators today.

"Utilizing SmartPeel Ceiling Tile, periodic cleanings can be accomplished in a fraction of the time, at a fraction of the cost, yielding perfect results with every peel” Engberg concludes. “This makes it ideal for any business that requires a clean environment, including restaurants, kitchens and any other areas where food preparation occurs.”


This article was previously published in March of 2015. Product and company names have been updated.

I agreed to test the NOVA SmartPeel Ceiling Tile application on one tile and compare it to another tile next to it. Even attaching the SmartPeel Ceiling Tile made a big difference in appearance, as the application is bright, white, and shiny so that tile looked cleaner already. Two months later, without any cleaning of either tile, it was clear that the SmartPeel Ceiling Tile did not have as much grease and dust as the tile with no application. It was clear to me after the test to attach the SmartPeel Ceiling Tile to all my food service, bakery and dish room tiles.

Tally Mertes - Hy-Vee, Inc.

We were pleased to be one of the pilot restaurants that assisted in the final testing of the SmartPeel Ceiling Tile. Your professional team came in and installed the product, routinely followed up on a timely basis, and listened closely to our feedback. At first, I was a bit skeptical as to how the tile would hold up. However, I have been more than pleased with the results. Not only have we reduced the amount of labor and chemicals needed to clean our ceiling tile, the tiles have lasted longer than we expected. The product was easy to install, and we immediately got the added benefit of a brighter kitchen environment. 

Lee A. Faaborg - Wendy's, Grand Island, NE

It's no longer a chore to get our staff to clean the tiles, in fact, most of them thought it was quite fun and it took little effort to get the job done. And as you said, the ceiling looked brand new after the peel. The fact that chemicals no longer have to be used and we are saving money in the process makes the NOVA SmartPeel Ceiling Tiles one of the best new tools we have at our hospital.

Robert G. Cunningham - Good Samaritan Hospital

After being installed nearly 8 months ago, the SmartPeel Ceiling Tiles still look terrific with the first layer. I am a big supporter of this product as it is obvious to me it saves money and time in cleaning and replacement tiles, plus, improves the look of our service area ceiling above the ovens. This product improves the look of our stores to our customers, and I am convinced they also save franchisees money in the long run. 

Mike Campbell - Subway Restaurants

We invented our NOVA SmartPeel Ceiling Tiles with three things in mind: Cleanliness, safety, and environmental friendliness. We believe that being innovative doesn’t mean having to sacrifice other things. Find out how our SmartPeel tiles are changing the industry below.