How Test Trials May Be the Key to the Success of Your Facade Cleaning Project
Today we look at how best to go about using a test trial as a means of assessing the best cleaning methods for your building.
The cleaning history of a building is often unknown; this history along with previous cleaning projects can be poorly documented, leaving you in a bit of a pickle when it comes to procurement.
Clients trust service providers to provide the best options or costs possible, which can often results on over-cleaning, quick and abrasive cleaning methods being used. Ultimately this results in short term results, satisfaction and maintenance costs.
So how do you move forward if you’re in a situation where you have little or no records?
Before embarking on a façade cleaning project (Gevelreiniging), it’s best to carry out some form of cleaning test trial as this will give you more certainty on 3 main areas:
1. Cleaning method clarity.
2. Confirmation of results, methods and processes required.
3. Clear indication of programme and clear cost structure.
When it comes to your test trial, there are several things you might like to request or look out for:
– Testing of different substrates on different elevations in different sunlight conditions should generally give everyone a clear idea of the likely end outcome.
– Trials should be recorded in detail with before and after images. Certain cleaning methods and applications once thought suitable for a project can then be omitted and other methods justified and used where necessary. This is beneficial especially when working with older buildings where chemical or abrasive use may be more suitable than slower more sensitive façade cleaning methods. A good service provider will incorporate such information into their report/proposal document. This should allow you to present the findings to all interested parties with ease, thus leading to a relatively pain-free procurement process.
– During the test trial dwell times, product application and effectiveness can all be measured and monitored to ensure the best, most suitable, safe and sensitive methods are then used for the façade cleaning project.
– The best cleaning methods do not always suit the client budget, but ensure the long-term integrity of the façade is retained. If you feel the proposed solution is beyond your budget it’s best to ask for justification to help you understand more. A service provider that always seeks to answer your questions and explain why/why not something will work is always going to be the best one for the job!