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Cleaning Systems for Historical Buildings

There is an enormous amount of sentimental as well as cultural value associated with historical buildings. And for good reason. Not only have they withstood the test of time over centuries and retained their unique appeal and design, they have also played a key role in world history. That is what makes historical buildings so iconic. Be it for sports, business, or politics, historical landmarks and buildings can continue to live on in infamy; if we preserve them correctly.  

Preserving Historical Buildings

Historical buildings and landmarks demand proper maintenance and upkeep. Every year hundreds of historical and aged buildings around the world undergo renovation and restoration. For each there are dozens of tests conducted to check for structural integrity and other symptoms such as fire, water or mould damage. The idea is to identify any signs of cracks or ongoing damage and take the necessary steps to bring the building back to its original state or as close to it as possible.

However, certain variables just can't be reasoned with; time is one of them. All buildings deteriorate over time and the only way to rectify that is to keep renovating them and keep the structure intact. Fire and water damage can bring irreversible damage, as can pollution or extreme weather.

Thankfully, modern technology has advanced to a great extent and can, to some degree, counter the effect of pollution left on historical structures. In today's post we will highlight two amazing cleaning systems used to assist in reviving the beauty of these stunning buildings. These cleaning methods are safe enough to use on even delicate old structures and they do not damage the original craftsmanship.

TORC System

This system is a very useful stone cleaning system, ideal for cleaning bricks, marble, concrete, stone and wood. This system doesn't depend on abrasive material for cleaning; instead it uses a low pressure, rotating vortex of fine powder that is safe and clean. Mostly, the Jos TORC system is used to clean the effects of dirt caused by pollution and micro-organisms. It is known for providing excellent results on the finer details of structural cleaning. In addition, TORC can be used for the following:

  • Removing paint residues and oil based paints
  • Removing Carbon Sulphation
  • Removing limescale and bitumen

DOFF System

DOFF is another cleaning system which is an extension to TORC. This cleaning system cleans stonework and masonry using high temperature steam. Even when the temperature in the system is high, the pressure on the surface that is being cleaned is very gentle and the volume of water low. This ensures that the surface doesn't get saturated and that it will dry quickly. Because of the high steam power, the DOFF system is utilized for tougher stains and damages caused by oil, paint and grease. This system uses pressure and heat for cleaning. In comparison to many other cleaning systems, the steam heated water in the DOFF system is capable of removing moss, algae and fungi and even killing spores.

When it comes to historical buildings, cleaning systems like these are the most common methods of cleaning and maintenance. Even vast cities like London, which is home to many great architectural wonders, require proper cleaning and maintenance to keep their grand and iconic appearance; something achieved by using techniques such as the TORC and DOFF systems which ensure priceless architectural gems stand tall and proud, for future generations to bask in.