Façade cleaning, risk management & project training

Learn how to reduce risks and clean using the correct methods of façade cleaning

Designed for surveyors, architects, planners and conservation officers, our training reviews best practice and practical solutions to sensitively restore building facades. Our training methodologies are aligned to British Standards 8221-1:2012: Code of practice for cleaning and surface repair of buildings.

Façade cleaning is inherently risky; different methods, processes and strategies are used to clean, over-clean and bring buildings back to life. Really there is only one chance to effectively and sensitively restore a building, irrespective of its modern or historic status. Training, can be complete both online and offline with detailed practical sessions, learn more about us, visit our projects page.

From façade cleaning definitions, methods of cleaning, British Standards, pre-project testing, listed building consent and project delivery essentials, our training programme has been developed from 20 years of practical knowledge and working practices that help build together the essential ingredients that enable the desired façade cleaning results to be achieved with minimal risk and maximise retention of the façade condition. 95% of the damage is often delivered in the last 5% of a project, pushing or over-cleaning for the extra results, but at what cost to the substrate and job?

Examples of onsite training and practical testing on listed buildings

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Façade Cleaning Training

Day 1

Part 1: Introduction to business

  • Definitions
  • Building facades
  • Building skins
  • Façade maintenance
  • Re-setting the context

Part 2: Building a value proposition for the customer

  • Listening to what the customer wants to achieve
  • Identifying problems
  • Building strong solutions that support the best practice, the customer and the building
  • Transparency is key
  • Manging expectations and risks

Part 3: Background to façade cleaning

Practical: induction to steam

  • Setting the scene for cleaning building facades
  • Industry & transportation change
  • The purpose for cleaning stone
  • Origins of current cleaning guides
  • English heritage conservation principles
  • PPG15 ‘Planning and the Historic Environment
  • Overview of BS Code of Practice No 8221 on Cleaning and Surface Repair
  • BRE digests 448 & 449, best practice for cleaning building façades
  • Listed building consent and planning
  • Why clean building façades
  • Considerations before choosing a cleaning method
  • Inspection & identification of the substrate
  • Understanding façade soiling and deposits

Day 2

Part 4: Steam & Super-heated water

Practical equipment inspection & set-up

  • Steam cleaning as a method
  • Operating pressures
  • Nozzles
  • Low pressure cleaning
  • 5 simple steam cleaning rules
  • Using the lance
  • A single phased approach
  • Example methodology
  • An overview of historical coatings and treatments
  • Historical use of and general purpose of coatings and consolidates
  • Types, properties and characteristics of surface coatings
  • Coating system and paint removal solutions
  • Pro’s & cons of paint removal

Part 5: Test Trails

  • Why undertake a cleaning test trials?
  • Façade cleaning test trialing
  • Assessment of test trials

Part 6: Practical Session

  • Steam cleaning building materials
  • Inspection and impact of high-pressure cleaning
  • Inspection and impact of incorrect chemical use

Take Aways

  • Samples specifications
  • How to survey building facades for cleaning
  • Survey templates

We can create online and offline training solutions, we can develop onsite specific practical training solutions programmes where required to help you, your team and business understand best practical solutions and how to avoid the pitfalls of façade cleaning and over-cleaning risk.

Façade restoration is at the core of what we do, we aim to help you create and implement solutions with greater confidence and care. Speak to Sean today and learn more about our training programmes.

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