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Wall Cleaning | the Complete Guide
wall cleaning your FREE guide, you will find out how to clean walls in a safe way using the correct products that will make your wall cleaning much easier and effective. These techniques will give you longer lasting cleaner results.Walls come in many different shapes, sizes and structures. Wall cleaning is now required due to our warmer climate and moister in our atmosphere which means more growth on our surfaces. Growth which appears as dirt is not dirt, its an infestation if mould, moss, algae and fungus growing on the surface of your walls. Simply pressure washing won’t help the situation in fact it will make it worse.Walls can be made up of many different materials such as and not exhaustive of
These surfaces can be made up of a mixture of above these materials, knowing how to get these wall clean is essential to stop further growth occurring and keeping your walls maintained to a high level all year round.
By having a wall cleaning maintained each year will keep these growth at bay and prevent your structure from being damaged by these unwanted micro-organisms that cause so much damage without you even realising it
Dirt may appear in many forms but 9 times out of 10 you will find that is in fact a growth of some sort. Microscopic organisms can come in many forms of bacteria, virus and fungus.
Microorganism is divided into seven types but the main two culprits that need a wall cleaning treatment is fungi and algae.
Each type of growth has different appearance and comes in many different species a different type of cellular composition, morphology mean of locomotion and reproduction.
Microorganisms come in all
shapes and sizes. its a bit like bacteria in your gut you can have both good bacteria and bad.
Microorganisms are great at producing oxygen, decomposing organic material, proving nutrients for plants and maintaining human health but some can be pathogenic and cause diseases in plants and humans alike. Notice “decomposing of material” these growths are growing on our walls and decomposing the surface of the wall. They provide nutrients which helps the growth on the wall spread and get stronger. Yes they produce oxygen yes that great but how do we know if this is a good or bad Bactria growing on the surface? there are trillions of species and its extremely difficult to really know how many different types of mould, algae & Fungus is really took hold and what’s really making your wall dirty.
How do fungi & Algae Grow?
Most fungi & Algae are multicellular their cell walls are composed of chitin. They obtain nutrients by absorbing organic material from their environment (decomposers) or use photo synthesize to grow. They form tiny microscopic tubes which attached to the surface of the wall called hyphae that absorbs the material.
Fungi reproduce using spores, many growths & Biomass produce their own food and use a whip-like structure to propel forward
Algae live in water, damp soil and rocks its believed that cyanobacteria are the origins of green land plants. Now that man has buildings in place of nature these growths now grow in and around our cities, towns and villages attaching them self to house walls and structures. Over time they are eating away at your wall and reproducing at an alarming rate. Many housing associations are now using render on new homes the porous material is an ideal place for micro-organisms to spread they are insulates and water (rain) start to pour on the homes the fungus starts to grow.
How to treat the area to stop these growths
Many people see dirt growing on their wall and thing cleaning walls is easy! just pick up a pressure washer from your local DIY shop and start blasting away.
The problem with this is that these micro-orgasms are microscopic and only appear on the surface when the growth has really took hold. Pressure washing walls just gives the fungus a haircut leaving the microscopic growth behind. Water helps feed the growths and pushes and blast the fungus further into the render or walls meaning that when it grows back it will be deeper, thicker and stronger than before. How do you make grass stronger? You cut and feed it right? Pressure washing will do the same if you try cleaning a wall with a pressure washer.
These areas need a SoftWash Treatment, You can use Bleach and hot water, Never mix chemicals unless it is “Bleach Safe”. Use a SoftWash System which is designed to blend chemicals in a safe way
SoftWash Systems provide high quality chemicals that can be blended with bleach in a safe way. Alternatively you can pop to your local shop and get an antifungal spray and apply liberally to the surface.
Its really important to clean these walls in a safe way so do not put yourself at risk
Wall cleaning safety
It’s important not to put yourself or others at risk exposing yourself to chemicals or working at height without proper training. There are plenty of training courses out their even online training that you can do to make sure that you are working at height safely. Make sure to use the right chemicals and do not mix any chemicals unless they are designed to be mixed. if you mix bleach with fairy you could cause mustard gas which is highly dangerous. SkyLine SoftWash have had years of training through SoftWash Systems you could attend one of the Discover SoftWash courses in Kent if you wanted to.
Always Use PPE (personal protective equipment) rubber gloves, Wellies, Safety glasses or google and a breathing apparatus if using chemicals in and enclosed Environment, Many chemicals you buy maybe classed as green but please please read the label and make sure you use your PPE many of these chemicals are in fact not as safe as they say they are and can kill fish and plants if you are not carful.
Anything designed to kill fungus will kill plants too. So make sure you water your plants and cover them with a tarp with prevent any run down from cleaning the wall. After cleaning you can feed the soil and protect the plants with Plant wash to re-establish good bacteria into the soil.
Once you have treated your wall (Not blasted with a pressure washer) the microorganism will start to die and your wall will be infestation free for a number of years. Its important that if your walls are prone to growth to apply this application as soon as you see any type of growth to the whole area to make sure you treat any growth that is not visible to the human eye. So treating your wall every few years is a safe way of keeping your walls clean all year round.
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