Facade Cleaning of Historic
and Listed Buildings
Having dealt with many conservation architects, building surveyors and property developers, we know how critical it is that any cleaning process used in historic building or monument conservation and restoration is not only sympathetic to the host material but protects and preserves it for the future.
APT assist in protecting our heritage by carrying out specialist preparatory cleaning works for conservators on some of the most beautiful historic buildings, monuments in need of restoration.
The cleaning of your façade can change the whole perspective of your building, thus potentially increasing its value and aesthetic appearance.
We have developed the best blast cleaning methods to safely clean stone and brick structures as well as war memorials, monuments, statues and bronzes by removing staining and surface pollutants. Using the latest techniques and most sophisticated blast cleaning equipment available, we can safely strip paint or remove unwanted coatings.
Architects, historians, private property owners, local authorities, heritage organisations, building and renovators, all agree that soda blast cleaning is the best choice for cleaning brick and stone during the conservation of historic buildings. Building facades can be completely transformed using this method.
Soda blasting is used in many applications, for example:
• Gentle cleaning delicate surfaces
• Paint Stripping
• Graffiti Removal
• Restoring brick, stone, marble and timbers
Soda blasting is considered as one of the only safe solutions for use in listed building renovation to effectively clean and remove:
• Staining from masonry
• Limescale build up
• Rust stains
• Unwanted coatings
• Surface pollutants
Blasting soda is an extremely soft media with about the same hardness as talcum powder (2.4 on Moh’s hardness scale) and will therefore not cause damage to the substrate of harder surfaces. It is used in historic property restoration to clean and remove surface deposits from:
• Building facades
• Stone including sandstone, limestone, York stone, Portland stone, marble cleaning, terrazzo and granite
• Flagstone flooring and path ways
• Cast iron structures and monuments
• Fountains and ornamental sculptures
• Ceramics and glazed tiles
• Glass and stained glass
• Ferrous and non ferrous metals including anodised aluminium, stainless steel, brass, copper and bronze
• Plastics and nylon components
• Rubber and neoprene
• GRP, fibre glass and plastic coatings
Soda blasting is an extremely versatile cleaning technique that can be used for:
• Concrete cleaning
• Brick cleaning
• Stone cleaning
• All types of masonry
• Graffiti removal
• Mould and algae removal
• Odour elimination following fires and flooding
• Monument cleaning
• Structural beam and timber cleaning and restoration
• Surface preparation on all metals and wood timbers
Sensitive Blast Cleaning Services
for Conservation of Historic Buildings
The process of Soda Blasting can involve both dry blasting and wet blasting using different grades of blast cleaning media. We will guide you towards the most effective method of application and the correct blast media to ensure optimum results and the desired finish.
We are considered experts in building façade cleaning with over 30 years industry experience. We work throughout the UK with a variety of blast cleaning media. All our operatives are trained to industry standards; they are responsible for all health and safety, CDM regulations of construction and engineering procedures. Our teams regularly operate during and out of hours or weekends to accommodate with your individual needs.