Historic Buildings – The Uses for Soda Blasting

Historic Buildings – The Uses for Soda Blasting

The UK is home to thousands of years of history, meaning that we are lucky enough to have some of the most beautiful historic buildings on our doorstep. Heritage buildings are some of the country’s oldest housing stock, spanning over centuries of architectural design. Keeping historic buildings in pristine condition is paramount to ensuring that their life span is continues throughout history.

Historic Buildings are often given listed status to mark their historical and architectural interest, protecting them from damage and unthoughtful alterations that could detract from their heritage.

Owning a Historic Building

Positively, owning a historic building means you’ll play an important part in history, holding a particular interest, often increasing the value of the property. Some circumstances mean that repairs and alterations are covered by English Heritage, local authorities or Historic Buildings & Monuments Commission.

On the negative side, internal and external alterations and refurbishment of the property can be more complicated than standard buildings. Correct preservation of heritage buildings and facades is necessary to ensure that the building is brought to the highest of specifications.

Keeping Historic Buildings Pristine

The most sensible way to preserve your historic building is to call in the experts. Each property is different and must be treated with sensitivity and care, worked with on a case by case basis. At APT we are fully equipped to manage all types of property restoration works, whether it be from façade cleaning to full property restoration.

Soda Blast Cleaning

Soda blast cleaning is a thorough cleaning method used for a variety of tasks. Soda blasting is an extremely friable and soft material that undergoes micro-fragmentation on impact, removing unwanted surface materials without damaging the fabric of your building or surface. Soda particles fracture on impact thus providing the energy for thorough cleaning action whilst softening the impact on the substrate.

Our specialised soda blasting technique is becoming the preferred method for cleaning and restoring heritage and architectural buildings, monuments and facades. The APT soda blast service is an environmentally-friendly, non-destructive, non-abrasive process using specially formulated granules of natural bicarbonate of soda and controlled amounts of compressed air.

Since APT have been experts in soda blast cleaning for over 30 years, we have developed the quickest, safest and most cost-effective method to clean and remove decades of pollution, residues, micro-organisms and coatings from virtually any surface without damaging the substrate.

The Method Explained

We operate the blast pressures from as low as 0.5 using the new Vortex II Spin Head Nozzle, allowing for greater accuracy for very sensitive surfaces. Our soda blast cleaning equipment is a unique design combined with using the latest technology that complies with the European Pressure Equipment Directive 97/23/EC.

Where Can Soda Blasting Be Used?

  • Architectural, Historic & Period Properties
  • Aviation
  • Canals
  • Commercial Buildings
  • Engineering & Components
  • Grade Listed Buildings
  • Fire Damage
  • Flood Damage
  • Food Processing Facilities
  • Industrial Kitchens
  • Marine Facilities – Anti Fouling & Hulls
  • Monument Restoration
  • Rail – Stations, Carriages & Tracks
  • Remedial Works
  • Residential Properties
  • Transport

What Can Soda Blasting Remove?

  • Algae
  • Chrome
  • Effervescence
  • Graffiti
  • Grease
  • Gum
  • Lichen
  • Moss
  • Mould
  • Oil
  • Paint
  • Rust
  • Varnish

What Can Soda Blasting Be Used Safely On?

  • Aluminium
  • Brick
  • Carbon Fibre
  • Fibre Glass
  • Glass
  • GRP
  • Hydraulic Cylinders
  • Metal
  • Perspex
  • Plastic
  • Rubber
  • Sandstone
  • Stainless Steel
  • Steel
  • Urethane
  • Wood

APT provide tailored solutions accommodating sympathetic cleaning, repair, restoration/preservations projects for all masonry surfaces, timber, metalwork, offering a complete transparent and holistic approach to historic building cleaning. Our experience in specialised cleaning and restoration coupled with our unrivaled knowledge in the use of this technology across the UK, we believe that soda blast cleaning is without doubt the best solution on the market.

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