Safer Alternatives to Power Washing Services: The Importance of Professional Exterior Building Cleaning Services

The Importance of Exterior Building Cleaning

Buildings and structures accumulate dirt particles from air pollution, algae, lichen and bird droppings which look unsightly. People underestimate the importance of a well-kept building; as well as giving a poor impression to potential clients, suppliers and your staff, the contamination can damage the fabric of the building meaning that your building will depreciate significantly, if left untouched. It costs nothing to call on the advice of a reputable Exterior Building Cleaning Company, you can then decide what steps and when you want to take them.

To clean a building correctly, without causing damage, requires specialist knowledge and trained technicians who know exactly how to use the cleaning equipment and the appropriate products to be applied. Be sure to engage a power washing services company who use biodegradable cleaning products, this should be specified on the JMS, with COSHH sheets being supplied to you. This is essential to ensure that you have covered yourselves for any Health & Safety matters.

Why We Recommend Against Power Washing Services?

Although High Pressure Power Washing Services are great for some cleaning tasks, when it comes to cleaning historic buildings and providing building restoration to building facades, power washing services are not appropriate. Jet washing services can often cause damage to the surface material of the building, exposing it to the elements, which can cause it to look even worse later on. Aside from looking bad, power washing services can often attack the structural integrity of your building, which could be hugely costly for your business.

DIY Exterior Building Cleaning is not a Good Idea

Saving money is great, however, it can cause significant issues. Using your own staff and hiring in jet washers to clean the exterior of your building façade is false economy. More damage can be done to the substrate of your building by using untrained staff than its worth. Using DIY power washing services to blast off the contamination will do as much damage, if not more, than leaving the building to deteriorate naturally.

Using DIY power washing services to remove any soiling can also cause further damage to weakened surfaces and create microscopic damage to sound surfaces. This leaves the buildings facade vulnerable to further environmental damage unless repairs are made. Please do not underestimate how quickly a buildings exterior can deteriorate.

You also have the hassle of doing all the research, buying in the right chemicals, hiring the right equipment that will allow them to access the highest parts of the building. There is also the issue of the associated Health and Safety practices that should and need be in place for any exterior building cleaning. Hiring in a competent commercial exterior building cleaning company will save you time, money and hassle.

How will you Benefit from Calling in APT?

Different areas of the exterior of your building will need different cleaning treatments, depending on the access, contamination and substrate. The exterior of a building can be made up of many different fabrics and each requires a unique treatment. For example; a heritage building with a stone substrate will require a holistic approach.

Soda Blasting

Soda blasting is a sensitive cleaning process which has been approved by the historic environment services and will not harm the substrate of your building. Unlike jet washing services, soda blasting fires particles of bicarbonate of soda at the surface, which bounce off at speed not causing damage to the surface of your building.

Soda blasting is suitable for: brick cleaning, stone cleaning

Super Heated Steam Cleaning

Super heated steam cleaning is a safe alternative to power washing services. Super heated steam cleaning is a method of cleaning surfaces using steam at a high temperature and pressure to effectively remove dirt, grime, and other contaminants without the use of chemicals. The high temperature of the steam kills bacteria and other microorganisms, making it an effective and environmentally friendly cleaning method.

Super heated steam cleaning is suitable for: Render and K Render surfaces, Cladding cleaning

For high rise exterior building cleaning APT use our high level cleaning team, who are approved and certified by IPAF and PASMA. For the way out of reach we use our IRATA trained rope access teams.

Exterior Building Cleaning Services & Not Jet Washing Services

We lead the field in the cleaning of delicate architectural work such as that found on historic and listed buildings, our façade cleaning includes:

  • Brick Cleaning
  • Stone Cleaning
  • Marble Cleaning
  • Granite Cleaning
  • Limestone Cleaning
  • Wood Cleaning
  • Stainless Steel Cleaning
  • Iron Cleaning
  • Aluminium Cleaning

Customising your external building cleaning project

Although, we have cleaned hundreds of buildings, every new project requires and deserves a holistic approach to assess your exact needs. We will conduct a full survey which will consider Health and Safety, access and the techniques required for all parts of your building cleaning project.

We will ensure that there is no disruption to your working day and the cleaning will progress quickly and smoothly. The APT team will work ‘out-of-hours’ where necessary. Once the project is complete, our team site manager will walk the building with you to ensure that you are 100% happy with the outcome.

Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Company

Our environmental policy covers your entire project from the chemicals used to disposal of packaging. You benefit from the peace of mind that we are safeguarding the Health and Safety of the fabric of the building, the occupants and your public liability.

Call us now for a no-obligation chat about how we can benefit your business with professional power washing services – 0800 0723 773