In late 2014, Ramora carried out a complete external clean of a high rise block of flats in Hounslow, London. This work was carried out for Hounslow Homes, the local housing authority. Due to the height of the building and the associated access issues, we carried out the extensive building cleaning work using IRATA rope access cleaning systems.
Over time, it is understandable that buildings of all sizes can be left looking unsightly by the inevitable build-up of dirt and grime which occurs as a result of the weather. This problem can appear worse for lighter coloured buildings. However, due to modern rope access technology, buildings can be quickly restored to their former beauty with little disruption to residents or those in the vicinity of the building.
In order to steam clean the Hounslow Homes block from top to bottom, we used an IRATA rope access cleaning system, allowing two of our level 3 trained IRATA operatives to abseil the side of the building from the roof, accessing all surfaces. In order to fully remove difficult layers of dirt and grime from the building’s outer panels, our technicians utilised a high powered Falch T30 machine to blast away muck and debris without damaging the surface of the flat block.
For residential buildings, a major concern regarding any maintenance work is the resulting disruption to residents. One of the main benefits of IRATA rope access cleaning is that this system creates minimal disruption when compared to other access methods for building cleaning.
Whereas access machines can be loud and take up quite a lot of space around a building, disrupting not only residents but in many cases, other people in the local area, rope access systems simply allow IRATA technicians to be suspended safely from the roof, alongside the building. Therefore, rope access takes up little space and there is no more noise made than the resulting sound of steam cleaning machines, and men carefully scaling the building.
Throughout the entirety of the work carried out for Hounslow Homes, Ramora cooperated closely with the local council to ensure that no residents were disrupted or inconvenienced, and most of all, that all work was carried out as quickly, efficiently and as safely as possible, throughout the clean.
If you would like to learn more about the rope access cleaning process, you can watch our video of the Hounslow Homes project: