The preparations for interior stone cleaning and building conversion of premises that are occupied by a company while the modifications are taking place will naturally require a plan of action that will cause the least amount of disruption. Renovation work will have to be carried out in a logical progression, so that no reconstruction or modification work will need to be redone at a later stage.
A critical path for conversion work and stone cleaning should be therefore always be planned in advance, based on the condition of the property and any problems that have been identified in a building survey.
Preparations for Repair and Remodelling
Damage to the structure can be largely avoided by making the right decisions in the planning stage to make sure that the right techniques are going to be used. This is of particular importance when working in older buildings with stone walls.
A building report compiled by a chartered surveyor should be the starting point, as this will identify where specialist work is required, for example, if there are any drainage or subsidence problems that require essential work to be done.
The type of construction work and the extent of the alterations that need to be made should be considered for all parts of the property. Then the right decisions can be reached about the type of equipment and materials required.
On some older buildings it may be that the stone floor restoration and cleaning is required. This should be done using appropriate equipment and protected from any possible damage as a result of work on walls or other supportive structures.
The most practical way to prepare for doing modifications on a building whilst the company is still working is to start at the top, with construction and interior cleaning work carried out on one floor at a time. This will allow renovated areas to be available for decorators and fitters, while interior construction and stone cleaning processes are continued in another part of the building.
Interior Stone Cleaning Processes
Before natural stone surfaces can be effectively sealed, they have to be thoroughly cleaned. This is equally important for any newly installed stone surfaces as it is for pre-existing ones.
Old stone will have residues that need to be removed from pores in the surface. These will usually be deposits left behind from previous cleaning materials or aftercare products.
Before new sealant can be applied, it will be necessary to ensure that all traces of previous sealants are removed from an old stone surface. These deposits will have formed into layers or as a protective film of oil that requires complete removal.
Newly installed stone also requires cleaning before a sealing product is applied. A suitable cleaning product should be chosen, to remove all dust, dirt and grease from all the exposed surfaces.
A newly cleaned interior stone surface must be completely dry before applying any protective sealant. This should be spread evenly across the stone surface, with any excess removed to avoid pooling.
For at least an hour, no one should be allowed to walk on or touch a newly sealed stone surface. The stone must be allowed to dry naturally and kept free from moisture for twenty-four hours after sealing. It should be left for at least another three days before washing.
Preparations for Protection of Property and Cleaning Up
Before work commences, vulnerable parts of a building that might be damaged during construction work will need to be boarded up or otherwise covered over.
A mop and bucket, scrubbing brushes and specialist drying machines should be available for use immediately after work has been done.
When all the construction or remodelling work has been completed in one area it will be necessary to give it a final cleaning. All packaging and protective coverings should be taken away and no or flakes of plaster or fragments of material left behind.
Minimal Disruption When Working on the Interior
It is important to prepare for a logical progression of reconstruction work, with adequate provisions made so that interior modifications and stone cleaning work can be carried out on a building that remains occupied during working hours. When renovation work is taking place in one area, that part of the building should be kept separate from any other area that is occupied. Each area should be left clean and ready for use after the work has been completed.
Everyone involved in the interior renovations or stone cleaning work will need to stick closely to a schedule that has been planned according to the building report and a measured survey based on Stone Federation guidelines.. This will result in less disruption and should ensure that nothing is left undone or has to be redone once the work is completed.