August 27, 2011 in Blast Cleaning
Centuries ago, when the historic buildings of today were first constructed, no-one could possibly have anticipated the sort of pollution that inhabits out air space today. Smoke and fumes from the industrial era, combined with the grease, oil and emissions that freely flow from modern vehicles, have a way of taking their toll on the bricks and mortar beauty of our beautiful old structures.
Fortunately, modern cleaning practices have made it possible for historic building to receive a facelift of sorts, turning back the clock and restoring a large measure of their former brilliance. There are two very specific systems used to aid in the beautification and cleaning of historic buildings, both of which do so without causing any sort of damage to the original work.
The first cleaning method is called the Jos Torc system which is effective in the cleaning of brick, marble, concrete, wood and stone. Rather than relying on abrasive chemicals to get the job done, the Jos Torc system employs a low pressure, rotating vortex of fine powder that is both clean and safe. This particular system is normally used to remove dirt caused by build-ups of carbon, pollution and micro-organisms, and is extremely effective in the cleaning of finely detailed parts of the building.
The other cleaning method is known as the Doff system, and it is normally used in conjunction with Jos Torc. This system is used to eradicate much more stubborn damage such as oil, paint, grease, and bitumen. In order to do so, the Doff system uses a combination of pressure and heat which is far removed from the steam and hot water systems used by many modern building cleaners.
This type of specialized work requires years of training and experience in order to be done properly, and remove any chance of damage being done to the structure. Only approved contractors should be hired to take on a job of this magnitude, and failure to do so could result in the sort of structural damage that no amount of modern technology and cleaning practices could repair. All of our historic buildings have stood the test of time thanks in large part to the skill, care and craftsmanship of the men who built them. It would be a shame to see them destroyed by people who don’t possess the same attributes of those gifted builders.
At Blastaway we are skilled in the sensitive restoration of historic and listed buildings. Contact us today to see how we can help you restore your listed property or historical building.