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BRICK CLEANING

We are concrete specialists and not only carry out repairs on brick and concrete walls at residential and commercial properties alike – we also specialise in brick cleaning.

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We’ve been around brick cleaning, mortar restoration, concrete rejuvenation and the like for many years. We understand how damaging it can be when the wrong products are used when cleaning and the entire look and feel of a building or structure changes due to one section being cleaned irresponsibly.

Take a look at many of the buildings across London, where graffiti has been removed – graffiti removal is often done by the cheapest supplier and often a lower costed job will result in the actual paint left behind by vandals being removed, but also a good chunk of the mortar, woodwork, plaster, screed that it was placed upon.

In the case of older red bricks, this can be very difficult to match the brick type and also the mortar colour and actual makeup.

Wood rot and woodworm

Over  time, the repair or rejuvenated area will erode and this should happen at the same rate of erosion of the surrounding  material – this is the same whether it is a screeded concrete floor or a Victorian red brick wall.

Our cleaning system and method is all about retaining as much of the original material as possible. Although we focus on more structural brick cleaning, we actually do all kinds of mortar cleaning. For instance a Victorian red brick building that was rendered with a concrete mortar in the seventies, is not starting to look tatty. You could replaster the entire building but as much of the seventies’ mortar is falling off, there is not much for it to adhere to.

With the above, a common practice is to angle grind grooves into the existing mortar to allow for better adhesion, but this effectively ruins the beautiful red brick underneath for future restoration (although many developers care not – it’s all about swinging and selling it fast).

With our non-intrusive approach and systems we love nothing better than to see old brickwork cleaned and restored to it’s former glory. The brickies of old took pride in their work, were masters of their craft, and produced some of the finest buildings in the world at the time.

We follow in their footsteps and remove the veil of mortar from their work. Working a metre at a time, we painstaking uncover each section until the entire are or brick has been cleaned. The system we utilise uses a combination of superheated steam, water and soluble particles that are introduced to the area by means of a lance. The operator is covered head to toe in a respirated suit and the feed pipes are connected to as long as we need them and will even include high rise buildings.

Wood Rot and woodworm

 

In fact the process is that gentle that our system is approved to be used on listed buildings, war memorials.

Cleaning brick walls?

The main reasons for cleaning your walls are to remove some of the following stains

Organic staining– The Walls may have turned green with algae contamination

Cement Staining– Walls are often stained with cement splashes or building dust during building work. Scaffold rash is where layers of building dust and staining can be seen on the brickwork where the scaffolding levels were erected alongside the brickwork. This can be very visible after the scaffolding comes down and the bricks need to be washed down.

Carbon staining– Also referred to as atmospheric pollution, this is where bricks turn black in colour on the face of the brick due to pollution staining.

Crack Metres Repaired

Wall Ties Replaced

We have over 30 Years experience

If a property you manage requires brick cleaning that is professional, reliable and has availability, call Structural Repairs for a free brick cleaning consultation so that we can put our structural engineering skills to work for you.

BRICK CLEANING

AND REPAIR Since 1998

We’ve been around brick cleaning, mortar restoration, concrete rejuvenation and the like for many years. We understand how damaging it can be when the wrong products are used when cleaning and the entire look and feel of a building or structure changes due to one section being cleaned irresponsibly.

Take a look at many of the buildings across London, where graffiti has been removed – graffiti removal is often done by the cheapest supplier and often a lower costed job will result in the actual paint left behind by vandals being removed, but also a good chunk of the mortar, woodwork, plaster, screed that it was placed upon.

In the case of older red bricks, this can be very difficult to match the brick type and also the mortar colour and actual makeup.

Over  time, the repair or rejuvenated area will erode and this should happen at the same rate of erosion of the surrounding  material – this is the same whether it is a screeded concrete floor or a Victorian red brick wall.

Our cleaning system and method is all about retaining as much of the original material as possible. Although we focus on more structural brick cleaning, we actually do all kinds of mortar cleaning. For instance a Victorian red brick building that was rendered with a concrete mortar in the seventies, is not starting to look tatty. You could replaster the entire building but as much of the seventies’ mortar is falling off, there is not much for it to adhere to.

With the above, a common practice is to angle grind grooves into the existing mortar to allow for better adhesion, but this effectively ruins the beautiful red brick underneath for future restoration (although many developers care not – it’s all about swinging and selling it fast).

With our non-intrusive approach and systems we love nothing better than to see old brickwork cleaned and restored to it’s former glory. The brickies of old took pride in their work, were masters of their craft, and produced some of the finest buildings in the world at the time.

We follow in their footsteps and remove the veil of mortar from their work. Working a metre at a time, we painstaking uncover each section until the entire are or brick has been cleaned. The system we utilise uses a combination of superheated steam, water and soluble particles that are introduced to the area by means of a lance. The operator is covered head to toe in a respirated suit and the feed pipes are connected to as long as we need them and will even include high rise buildings.

In fact the process is that gentle that our system is approved to be used on listed buildings, war memorials.

Cleaning brick walls?

The main reasons for cleaning your walls are to remove some of the following stains

Organic staining– The Walls may have turned green with algae contamination

Cement Staining– Walls are often stained with cement splashes or building dust during building work. Scaffold rash is where layers of building dust and staining can be seen on the brickwork where the scaffolding levels were erected alongside the brickwork. This can be very visible after the scaffolding comes down and the bricks need to be washed down.

Carbon staining– Also referred to as atmospheric pollution, this is where bricks turn black in colour on the face of the brick due to pollution staining.

wood rot
wood rot
wood rot

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