Location: Ex River Island Store, Leeds
When the River Island store moved location, APT were called in to carry out brick and stone cleaning as well as commercial dilapidation repairs to their historic building in Leeds City centre. This commercial cleaning project was far from straightforward as the location was a busy city centre street and the whole project needed to be completed on a short timescale of 2 weeks.
We are no strangers to commercial property dilapidations and so began with a full survey of the site to establish the commercial cleaning needs and to develop our recommendations to present to the property management company for approval.
There were a number of aspects to the cleaning project –
- metal cladding cleaning
- stone cleaning
- brick cleaning
- limescale removal
- graffiti removal
- stone restoration
- high level façade cleaning
- marble cleaning
- removal & treatment of anti bird fouling gel
Our detailed work specification was duly accepted but there was more planning and organisation to complete before our cleaning teams could begin work. Because of the short timescale, the works were to be carried out during normal business hours and at quiet times during the evening. We therefore arranged a full health and safety plan giving careful consideration to the hazards of safe working at height of around 25 meters to ensure public safety. We were working with and around other building restoration trades so the plan needed to include them too.-
The site offered very tight working conditions and once suitable equipment was arranged, we could begin. The bird fouling was removed using a combination of two of our own products – Dekon 50 deodoriser and Citrus RTU, the latter is a powerful citrus based solvent cleaner with a low environmental impact. To clean and protect the steel cladding, another of our products fitted the bill perfectly – Easy Clean Metal Polish. This product removed the soiling and left a protective coating in one application. This multi-action product also removed surface oxidation from the cladding paint, restoring it to its original appearance.
For cleaning the sandstone and brick masonry, we brought in our soda blasting team, who also cleaned the marble and removed the graffiti.
Another successful commercial cleaning project was duly completed on time and budget by APT!