Concrete Restoration and Cleaning:

Removing Environmental Staining, salts, nitrates, phosphates, soot, smoke, heavy soiling, efflorescence, graffiti, etc., is often the first improvement for proper maintenance of concrete. If contaminants become too heavy, they can contribute to accelerated deterioration, loss of detail, and gradual erosion of the concrete itself.

The cleaning process you choose to remove these contaminants from concrete driveways, patios, parking structures, curbing, and even bridges must be carefully considered before arriving at a decision to proceed. The process may range from ineffective, to harsh and damaging causing disfigurement.

Traditional Cleaning Methods:

Traditional Cleaning methods can usually be broken down into 3 categories: Water, Chemical, and Mechanical

Water: A low pressure water wash is often considered “not enough”, and a high-pressure wash or steam cleaning can destroy the concrete while forcing moisture deep into the concrete itself. Since concrete is porous it may absorb moisture, leading to spalling or cracking. This excess water will also contribute to bringing soluble salts from within the masonry to the surface leading to the formation of efflorescence

Chemical: concrete may dissolve easily with certain chemical, cleaners, and especially with de-icers even in a diluted form. Some chemicals can change the color of the masonry itself as well as leave a hazy residue despite a heavy rinse. They can react with components of concrete to create soluble salts and eventually lead to efflorescence.

 Mechanical Cleaning: hand tools, grinders, sanding discs, wire brushes, etc. all abrade the contaminants off the surface with damaging results.

We offer these Environmentally Friendly Surface Restoration Methods:

  • Wet abrasive Blasting
  • Dry Ice Blasting

WET ABRASIVE BLASTING like traditional sandblasting uses an abrasive media and compressed air to attain a desired finish on a chosen surface. However, unlike traditional sandblasting, water is introduced into the system to enhance the levels of surface finish that can be achieved. The benefit of including water is a much gentler blast with a smoother and more consistent finish.

In the hands of a skilled blast cleaning technician, Wet Abrasive Blasting can be aggressive enough to remove paint, or even adhesives or gentle and delicate enough to protect even the most intricate work in masonry, stone, terracotta, clay, marble, and limestone or brick.

Wet Abrasive Blasting Advantages:

  • 92% dust reduction over other abrasive blasting methods
  • Up to 10 times faster than manual cleaning
  • Uses less than 2 pints of water per minute
  • Chemical free
  • Does not kill surrounding vegetation
  • Reduced containment and disposal costs
  • Environmentally friendly blast medias (recycled bottle glass)
  • Water encapsulated lead and asbestos paints eliminating airborne particles
  • We add HoldTight102 as a salt remover to remove salt, phosphates, and nitrates.

Dry Ice Blasting

Is a powerful, efficient, and Environmentally Friendly Surface Restoration method used on concrete to remove paint, mold, smoke stains, soot, heavy soiling, and carbon build-up and graffiti. Dry Ice Blast Cleaning excels when working in occupied buildings, public places, near active equipment and electrical.

The Advantages of Dry Ice Blast Cleaning

In the hands of a skilled blast cleaning technician, Dry Ice Blast Cleaning can be aggressive enough to remove adhesives, paints, tar, gum, etc.

  • dry ice blasting does not scratch or stain the surface. Instead, it uncovers the underlying surface and restores historic structures to their original beauty and detail.
  • Ice blast cleaning is easy to control and reaches the tightest cracks and corners without damaging surrounding objects.
  • Ice blasting is safe for the environment because it does not use dangerous chemicals or leave hazardous fumes behind.
  • it is safe for workers, and the public since it is non-flammable and non-conductive.
  • No secondary waste to clean up or dispose of.
  • Little to no containment is necessary, saving you money.

 

Why Choose Impact Industrial Services for Concrete Restoration Project?

The architects that specify restoration work will often not allow chemicals or grinding equipment to be used in restoration due to the chemicals tendency to leach into stone, brick, concrete and even marble. Our Wet Abrasive Blast cleaning method will not scratch and scar the concretes surface and the blast media will not remain in the pores like with soda.  Both chemical and mechanical cleaning equipment will alter the integrity of the very surface the restorers are trying to preserve. By Using Impact Industrial Services, you are meeting the specific specifications set forth by the architect as well as making the right choice in choosing an “Environmentally Friendly Surface Restoration” process.