Cleaning agents play a critical role in any cleaning process. Their efficacy depends on the mechanical action along which they are used, the application, suitability of their composition for the required results and other parameters like temperature and time. There is a wide variety of chemicals available for professional cleaning in the market today. Clean India Journal looks at the different chemicals for different industrial applications to achieve cost effective, safe and sustainable cleaning solutions.
The cleaning equipment and tools which clean and maintain a facility need maintenance too, a fact which is very often ignored and overlooked. The service providers tend to complain about the frequent breakdowns of the equipment and blame it on poor service by the equipment suppliers. After sales service is necessary, but at the same time the cleaning contractor should train his cleaning staff on proper usage and daily maintenance of the equipment. A cable not checked, a filter not cleaned, a brush not replaced or a battery not charged, can cause loss of time, revenue or at times even serious accidents.
Anyone faced with the task of performing restorative cleaning on a historic building has a whole series of fundamental and far-reaching decisions to make. The unique testimonies of the past must not be irretrievably damaged or even destroyed by inappropriate methods, as facade cleaning is one of the most demanding cleaning tasks. There is hardly any other cleaning task that requires so much know-how and experience or the use of a range of technical procedures and equipment. The diversity of materials used in building facades, the state of decay caused by weathering, the varied structures & shapes and the numerous types of contamination found on the exteriors of buildings, always necessitate a solution which is specifically designed to suit the conditions on site. A distinction is made between mineral soiling such as efflorescence, sintering, pigment discolouration and the products of corrosion, i.e. verdigris, manganese dioxide and rust and organic soiling,i.e. soot, algae, moss,lichen and bird droppings. Dirt containing oil and grease adheres to smooth surfaces and provides a good base for further deposits.