Chemically cleaning masonry surfaces can mean one of two things; you are either going to be cleaning new masonry construction or tackling the cleaning of older, often times historically significant, masonry or stone surfaces. Either process should be done by a trained, licensed, bonded and insured contractor. The surfaces are too important and the materials used potentially too problematic to be in the hands of armatures.

The process of using chemicals to clean brick, block and stone has been around for decades. It is potentially less harmful to the surfaces being cleaned, than the abrasive process of sandblasting. This is true, because the surface of the material is not being abraded away by the impact of sandblasting media, it is being cleaned with a blend of detergents, solvents and acids. These chemicals need to be handled properly both in the application process and often times in the disposal process. On new construction sites the removal of job related dirt and grime, as well as, excess mortar and troublesome efflorescence are the primary concerns. With older buildings it is typically the cleaning of atmospheric pollutants, staining from any number of sources, graffiti management and even the removal of undesirable coatings or finishes.

Restoration work includes cleaning, but goes further into the repair and remediation of issues with the exterior masonry or stone products. Besides retuck pointing the mortar joints and the use of patching materials in replacing damaged surfaces, chemicals can be used to consolidate, strengthen and protect weakened mortar, brick and stone. Salmon Bay carries the PROSOCO and EACO CHEM line of products for commercial masonry cleaning and restoration projects. Our in-house staff is competent in these product lines and we have outside sales and company consultants available to discuss your cleaning needs as well.