The problem

Overall, the rendered substrate was in very good condition. Localised areas of dirt had built up in the splash zones alongside pathways and under some of the more open joints in the coping stones along some walls. Because of the nature and use of the building, algaecides and other cleaning chemicals were prohibited and attention needed to be paid to the segregation of work and public areas.

The solution

We couldn't use chemicals so we tackled the cleaning job using the ThermaTech Superheated Water Cleaning System, as supplied by Restorative Techniques. For the most part, the desired results were achieved in a single pass with the ThermaTech operating at 140ᵒC and 80 Bar pump pressure, allowing us to treat the elevations quickly and efficiently. The areas of deeper, more stubborn staining required a second pass to lighten them to an acceptable level, but yielded very well after the substrate had cooled and dried from the first pass.

The outcome

Had the use of chemicals been permitted, it is very likely that we would have been able to remove more stains from the walls. However the ThermaTech system removed the majority of the dirt very easily and to the satisfaction of all parties. The coping stones on the walls cleaned up very well, as can be seen in the pictures. As a ThermaTech owner, I'm happy to say that it's gaining a good reputation in and around Limerick.

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