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Welcome to the very first blog of Cleaning Consultants.
Do you have a classic car you want to restore that needs the paint, rust and underseal cleaned off, a motorbike engine that’s seized up, some old wrought iron garden furniture that’s become flaky or rusty, a stone statue that’s been bombarded by pigeons, a period cottage with oak beams that’s become a bit gloomy, some industrial machinery that’s become clogged up with grease and grime by years of use, wooden furniture now horribly outdated by stain, something you’ve picked up at an auction sale, antique fair or reclamation yard that needs cleaning up?
If any of the above applies to you, you might need us.
For the last 40 years we have been helping classic car restorers, hobbyists, motorbike enthusiasts, homeowners and industry by gently taking paint, varnish, rust, stain, or grime off steel, aluminium, fibreglass, wood, stone or composite material.
The applications our processes are applied to are endless, far too many to list in a blog, but examples of projects we have undertaken over the years can be found in our website, www.blast-cleaning.co.uk and photos help to illustrate the sometimes dramatic ‘before’ and ‘after’ effect.
The method used to produce these amazing results is blast cleaning which has evolved from the early days of jet washing. The same principles are applied, but instead of blasting water at the surface to remove the coating, other ‘media’ as we call it in the trade produce amazing results because of their scouring action. The process used to be called, and sometimes still is called, sandblasting, but the use of sand produces free silica, making it dangerous to the operator and anyone in close proximity, so it is now illegal.
We use lots of different ‘media’, depending on the surface of the object being cleaned and what we’re taking off it. Tiny particles of plastic, garnet, glass bead, grit or steel are expelled under pressure to gently scour the surface of the article and remove the coating. By the use of large, highly sensitive compressors, we are able to precisely control this flow of pressure, thereby eliminating the risk of distortion.
If the article being cleaned is made of steel, cars or motorbikes for example, we protect the clean steel from atmospheric corrosion by applying a zinc phosphate coating. This coating is transparent so it does not mask any repairs (you can weld through it) that might need to be done prior to re-painting.
There are other methods for removing paint and rust from classic cars and motorbikes, such as soda blasting and chemical dipping. However, all the media we use is inert, therefore eliminating any risk of contamination.
Our mobile teams generally operate in East & West Sussex, Surrey to the outskirts of London and East Hampshire (but we will travel further on occasion) for cleaning beams, stone, brick, inglenooks, window frames, floors, staircases, etc. in buildings. We hold £10m of public liability insurance.
If you are thinking of doing any restoration work and would like to discuss your project with us we would love to hear from you. Our number is 01403 752347. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with, or without, photos and we will get right back to you.
Now that I’ve started blogging, I’ll do regular updates with pictures of items we have cleaned and I hope this may help with some ideas on how you can give things you have at home, or come across at antique fairs, auction houses or reclamation yards, a new lease of life.
Until then, bye for now