How Dry Ice Blasting Aids in Historic Building Renovations
There are thousands of buildings on the East Coast that date back to 200 or 300 years ago. Unfortunately, a lot of these beautiful, historic buildings have been in disrepair due to poor upkeeping over the past few centuries. Mold, mildew, and grime have covered the stone-based walls, along with weathering of the bricks that make up the foundation. Not to mention, many vandals, unfortunately, choose old historic buildings as a place to practice their vandalism, littering the aged walls with graffiti and general disrepair. Since buildings centuries ago were built to last, many still stand strong today. With just a little renovation effort, these historic spaces can be repurposed into new places to start businesses while paying tribute to the past. But cleaning all of that grime will have to happen first. Luckily, this can be done with dry ice blasting! Here’s how dry ice blasting can help in restoring a historic building to its former glory.
What is Dry Ice Blasting?
Dry ice blasting essentially uses extreme cold to sanitize and clean inorganic surfaces. It’s commonly used in cleaning factory equipment from grease and sludge that would otherwise be unsafe to be handled by humans or impossible to clean off otherwise. Dry ice blasting has hundreds of other uses when it comes to thoroughly clean hard surfaces.
For Historical Restoration
Dry ice blasting works great on materials like stone, brick, and mortar, which is often the makeup of many historical buildings and homes. Also, it works on less common materials like clay, terra cotta, marble, and limestone. It can clean off spray paint, mold, and dirt very easily, which a lot of previously abandoned historic buildings will likely have. When in pelletized form, it is also much less abrasive than any chemical treatment. Chemical treatments run the risk of destroying, melting, or warping an already more fragile historic wall, which could leave permanent, long-lasting damage. Lastly, dry ice blasting produces no toxic fumes and has a little recovery period, allowing for the restoration crew to get started in full swing very soon after cleaning.
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