Brick and Stone Cleaning
Services in Leeds
As an owner of an old brick or stone building in Leeds you are faced with a dilemma – to clean or not to clean. If you don’t clean your bricks or stonework, your building will continue to look unkempt and be damaged by the mosses, lichens, bird lime and pollutants that have accumulated over the years.
The purpose of cleaning is to remove the contamination while causing little or no damage to the bricks, stones or mortar. This can be hard to achieve since the dirt can be embedded within the surface of the masonry and joints. Using chemical methods or aggressive high pressure water washing for cleaning old brickwork and stone can cause more damage than leaving it dirty.
Sympathetic Brick and Stone Cleaning Methods
If you do choose to have your bricks renovated and your stone cleaned, you will want to know that it is being done properly using environmentally sound and appropriate methods.
Air vortex blast cleaning using gentle abrasives enables us to clean old brickwork and stonework with minimal damage. Soda blasting is one of our preferred methods of revitalising bricks and stones in Leeds. We use compressed air to fire specially graded sodium bicarbonate crystals and specialised blended blast media at your masonry in order to remove surface deposits.
Soda blasting is particularly suited to:
- Organic and lime based paint removal
- Remove lime scale
- Graffiti removal
- Removing surface staining
- Lifting carbon soiling
- Bitumen removal
- Removing rust marks
- Clearing of bird droppings
- Removal of algal blooms
It does not damage the substrate and is environmentally friendly. It works from the outside in, gently removing successive layers of the contamination until the brick or stone cleaning is complete.
APT is the leading soda blasting contractor for Leeds, call us on 0800 0723 773 for further information.
Brick and Stone Cleaning using the APT ‘Hot Box’ doff Method Cleaning
Where the main problems are with moss, algae and fungi, the APT Hot Box doff cleaning system is perfect. This was designed by our site operatives working with engineers and uses low pressure steam at high temperature. It is a very efficient brick and stone cleaning method that cuts down on labour costs and therefore it is a highly cost effective option for you. Other benefits include:
- Quick drying as the steam is superheated and the low volumes of water needed to create the steam leaves very little surface water which evaporates quickly
- Can be used in all seasons as it operates at low pressures so no water droplets are forced into the brick or stonework’s pores and flaws, reducing the chances of freeze-thaw damage
- Low surface pressure prevents damage to soft bricks and stones, cleaning is thorough but gentle
- High temperatures kill the spores of mosses and algae meaning that no chemical inhibitors need to be used either before or after cleaning to retard re-growth
Skilled Cleaning Technicians
But the skill lies as much with the operator as the method. The machine can’t differentiate between sound and weaker brickwork or hard and soft stonework; it can’t differentiate between soiling and substrate.
A trained operator, such as our APT cleaning technicians can.
Our staff undergo a rigorous training programme before they are sent out ‘into the field’ to clean your building in Leeds. They each follow carefully planned professional development programmes so that you can benefit from new brick and stone cleaning methods, materials and equipment as they are developed.
Stress Free Stone and Brick Cleaning Services for Leeds …
Contact APT stone and brick cleaning services now on 0800 0723 773 for a no-obligation chat about how we can benefit your project. We will provide everything required to minimise disruption and inconvenience to your daily routine, including ‘out-of-hours’ working where necessary. We carry out a full risk assessment and ensure that the project conforms to Health and Safety regulations. We follow a strict environmental policy that covers all aspects of your Leeds building cleaning project from inception to completion.