Historic building repair necessitates careful attention in a variety of methods. One of them is the choice between removing and replacing original building materials and structural components or cleaning and restoring existing materials and structural elements.
When removing and replacing materials in a historic restoration job, much of the original structure’s beauty and worth is gone permanently. The original structural look and feel of an old historic structure will never be visually matched by modern building materials. Second, removing and replacing old, unclean, or polluted structural parts is an incredibly costly proposition that adds significantly to the project’s cost and schedule.
Naturally, there will be times when specific sections of the ancient structure must be changed. An ancient historic building’s elements cannot all be cleaned, reused, or repurposed. However, the restoration process will be more effective if more materials can be recovered, cleaned, and reused.
What is the most effective cleaning method?
Once the structural engineers have established which materials must be replaced and which may be cleaned in situ, the next step is to identify which cleaning process will meet all of the requirements.
The cleaning procedure selected to effectively clean and repair a historic property must be:
Construction projects are perilous by nature. Introducing a cleaning process that adds secondary trash, extra chemicals, solvents, or puts other trades at danger to a restoration job is not a smart idea.
Environmentally friendly: Using solvents, acids, and strong cleaning agents endangers operators, tradespeople, and secondary staff, as well as the environment. The objective behind historic restoration is to save and safeguard our natural resources and historic structures. The right cleaning approach will respect and achieve that aim without causing any harm.
Economical: With so many options, choosing the most effective and efficient cleaning method is a no-brainer. The obvious choice is dry ice.
Time is money, so be efficient. Dry ice blasting is a quick, effective, and cost-effective method of cleaning.
The cleaning process must be mobile in order to clean ancient structures in place without destroying, transporting, replacing, and rebuilding critical parts.
Clean: Is your cleaning technique a shambles? CO2 blast cleaning produces no secondary waste, and containment is simple, allowing for quick and easy cleanup.
Once the structural engineers have determined what can be cleaned in place and you’ve agreed on the best cleaning procedure to make your project profitable, it’s time to select a reliable cleaning contractor to complete the task.
In the next part of this series, we’ll look at things to look for in a dry ice cleaning company.