Brick Works

Conserving brick properties through

a complete package of cleaning

and restoration services.

Restoring your brick property

to its original aesthetic.

Brick Works

Bricks have been central to construction for centuries and deserve the best cleaning and restoration care. If there are signs of staining or damage on the brickwork and/or mortar degradation, then the best solution is to involve a company such as Spectrum specialised in brick cleaning and restoration to ensure conservation and an immaculate result.

Our Brick Works Service

When it comes to maintenance, repair, and restoration of brickwork our expert teams provide full brick cleaning, pointing, and tinting services. We restore brickwork back to its former glory using our pioneering, patented cleaning systems, even to heights up to eight floors from ground level. To ensure the optimum pointing repair is utilised, it is important to firstly and closely, analyse its makeup, as there are many variations that do exist so we can ensure an acceptable match is achieved.

Careful Cleaning and Restoration

A high-pressure water system will cause damage to any form of brickwork and hence the reason that Spectrum, only use non-abrasive brick cleaning techniques including Doff steam cleaning and chemical assisted brick cleaning products. This ensures brickwork is cleaned efficiently with no damage to the bricks or surrounding pointing whilst also removing all types of organic and biological matter, surface coatings, paint, and pollutants.

DOFF Steam Cleaning Bricks

In most cases deep cleaning, using Doff steam cleaning is enough to bring a building back to prime condition. This is a fast and efficient cleaning process where a 'DOFF' machine, unlike simple steam cleaners, produces low pressure superheated steam up to 150º C making it incredibly effective at removing stains, whilst, due to low pressure, gently cleaning the substrate without damage.

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Why Use Us For Brick Works?

Knowledge and
Expertise

Our team of operatives are highly trained and experienced in restoring heritage brick properties. At Spectrum, we understand the importance of conserving historic brick properties and the breathability demanded by this substrate.

Comprehensive
Services

We are proud to offer our clients a complete package of brick refurbishment and conservation services. By combining our years of specialist experience and range of services, we offer a comprehensive service for your building's needs.


Innovation

Innovation is one of our core values. We look to improve our services' effectiveness and efficiency wherever possible, which has led us to designing our own cleaning equipment. When you work with Spectrum, you are working with pioneers of the property maintenance industry.

What Are Brick Works?

A Brick Works service is a comprehensive conservation service to maintain the structure and appearance of brick facades. This service is unique for each brick property and is designed to offer a complete transformation. Standard services combined to deliver this complete restoration package include:

● Doff Cleaning
● Torc Cleaning
● Brick Tinting
● Brick Repointing

Regardless of the property's age, our team of operatives are highly knowledgeable in identifying the most appropriate restoration solution to conserve historic brick properties.

Brick Damage and Staining

Staining can have diverse causes and each needs to be identified to ensure most appropriate treatment.

Efflorescence

This phenomenon, seen as an unsightly “bloom”, usually white occurs in brickwork where the normal escape of water vapour via the mortar is impeded because the cement mortar has hardened to the extent that it is no longer breathable.

The evaporation of moisture will then take place through the porous brick and even concrete and the water present will have dissolved salts that are naturally to be found in clay, sand, brick, and mortar and in the ground, where masonry may have been stored prior to being laid.

On reaching the surface the water will evaporate and leave behind, the crystalline structure of the salts on the surface.

The efflorescence can be removed, and the masonry renovated using a DOFF machine with superheated low- pressure steam. However, whilst a first treatment will remove that initial surface efflorescence the process will need to be repeated at least three or four times over a period of months as the salts with water will continue to leech out until the concentration of salts in the masonry has diminished.

Lime Staining

Lime staining, lime running or lime leaching can occur on new masonry and sometimes on established brickwork. It emerges in a similar fashion to efflorescence. However, on drying it converts slowly to insoluble calcium carbonate. Lime staining will often be accompanied by efflorescence salts, but because lime staining is insoluble it will not weather away in the same way.

Iron Staining

Iron staining, due to iron, manganese, or vanadium in the original clay, can produce orange through to dark brown stains and can impact both the brick face and the mortar joints. Manganese can result in similar brown staining. Vanadium salts cause a yellow to green stain. For the best results to avoid damage to the brick, professional cleaning is the best approach.

Cement staining

This is common during and after construction, and it is the run-off from the concrete component of a structure and leaves a residue on bricks. Mortar splashes are another cause which, once dried, can be tricky to remove without damaging bricks, especially if it has smeared. The best approach is to use a proprietary cleaner, and the operatives must follow all the health, safety, and environmental guidelines.

Dirt and Grime

In urban areas and city centres such as London, Manchester and Newcastle, high volumes of traffic pollution and historic pollution from soot, contribute to airborne deposition of carbonic material. This can become ingrained in the exterior of brick and reduce the breathability of the building which is essential for its longevity as failure to remove the deposits will eventually lead to water damage internally. Specialist cleaning solutions are frequently necessary and require careful use by experienced teams. (THIS REQUIRES THE USE OF A TORC MACHINE)

Careful Cleaning

A high-pressure water system will cause damage to any form of brickwork and hence the reason that Spectrum, only use non-abrasive brick cleaning techniques including Doff steam cleaning and chemical assisted brick cleaning products. This ensures brickwork is cleaned efficiently with no damage to the bricks or surrounding pointing whilst also removing all types of organic and biological matter, surface coatings, paint, and pollutants.

Doff Steam Cleaning Bricks

In most cases deep cleaning, using Doff steam cleaning is enough to bring a building back to prime condition. This is a fast and efficient cleaning process where a 'DOFF' machine, unlike simple steam cleaners, produces low pressure superheated steam up to 150º C making it incredibly effective at removing stains, whilst, due to low pressure, gently cleaning the substrate without damage.

Torc Cleaning Stains on Brick

The UK's history of pollution and smog have left many stone and brick properties in urban areas throughout the country with heavy carbon stains. Whilst a DOFF machine is highly effective at removing organic matter and most stains, heavily ingrained carbon stains require the TORC treatment.

The TORC is not a blasting system due to the sensitive controls available.

The unique feature of the TORC system is the revolutionary modulised nozzle (available in aperture sizes from 5 to 13mm) which create a gentle swirling vortex with low volumes of water, fine inert granulates, and compressed air.

With the appropriate nozzle fine detailed stone carvings can be cleaned with damaging the substrate.

Effectively removes carbon pollutants, lime & cement paints. paint and plaster residues, oxidised bitumen, lime-scale from Stone, brick, terracotta, ceramic tiles, concrete in addition to oxidation and sulphation from metallic surfaces.

We Abseil to Work

We have a well-earned reputation for a professional ability to work using rope access, abseiling down building exteriors to review and effect repairs and restoration. This provides three major benefits for our clients.

● Speed with less time spent accessing and completing the project.
● No scaffolding and hence less access cost
● The lack of scaffolding minimises disruption to occupiers and the surrounding neighbourhood
● Surveyors can inspect work closely via our operatives wearing camera helmets, and can be directed by the Surveyor on the ground via radio contact.

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What Do Brick Works Projects Include?

Brick Cleaning

With the application of steam from a DOFF machine, our operatives can remove stains and signs of wear, facilitating your brick property in breathing. Our Torc cleaning system can remove any stubborn stains!

Brick Tinting

Whether it is retinting the whole of your property's brick property or hiding repairs, our Brick Tinting service utilises expert colour matching to ensure the repair and restoration looks seamless.

Brick Repointing

Through our Brick Repointing service, we can restore the integrity of commercial and residential brick buildings.

Our Accreditations

What Our Brick Works Customers' Say

T. Litterman

Property Manger

Spectrum's Brick Works service is a high-quality, all inclusive brick maintenance service. This service has transformed the building.

E. Keegan

Property Manager

Thank you to the team at Spectrum for delivering a thorough, highly professional cleaning and restoration service they completed for our historic brick building.

O. Don

Property Manager

"For exceptional results on the exterior of a brick building, you need exceptional contractors. When you work with Spectrum, you can expect a service delivered to high standards by professionals.

L. Greaves

Property Manager

Spectrum's team are truly specialists at transforming the exterior of brick buildings. Through their Brick Works service, they find identify the best solution for your property.

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Recent Completed Brick Works Projects

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Read Our Brick Works Blog

What Are the White Stains on My Building?

8th April 2021

The Ultimate Guide to Brick Restoration

24th March 2021

What Are the White Stains on My Building?

8th April 2021

The Ultimate Guide to Brick Restoration

24th March 2021

What Are the White Stains on My Building?

8th April 2021

The Ultimate Guide to Brick Restoration

24th March 2021

What Are the White Stains on My Building?

8th April 2021

The Ultimate Guide to Brick Restoration

24th March 2021

Can We Help With Your Brick Works Needs?

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020 3551 6206

Email Us On:

info@spectrumss.co.uk

We Cover The WHOLE Of The UK!

Our Latest Social Posts on Brick Works

Spectrum is at Richmond, London
23 HOURS AGO

Brick repointing is not a simple as a maintenance project as you may think! Some of the complexities in repointing include the removal of old mortar and matching the mortar in the original style of pointing to achieve a seamless result. 🧱

While it may not be simple, repointing is vital for maintaining the structural integrity of your masonry! 💪

Discover our professional repointing service here: https://www.spectrumspecialistsupport.co.uk/brick-repointing-and-repair-london-south-east/

Spectrum is at Whitehall, London
1 DAY AGO

Our operatives are both knowledgeable and equipped with the proper tools to remove white efflorescence stains from brickwork! 💪

Learn more about the effectiveness of our Brick Works service here: https://www.spectrumspecialistsupport.co.uk/brick-works-london-south-east/

Spectrum is at Piccadilly Circus, London
1 DAY AGO

Did your parents ever say: "it's what is on the inside that matters"?

Mine certainly did! But what they didn't realise, is that the same principle applies also to stone buildings! 😄

If you took a microscope and examined the inside of every individual brick and block of stone constituting the facade of your building, you would see a variety of chemical processes taking place! It is because of the presence of moisture (the water cycle), naturally occurring salts together with surface atmospheric pollutants such as carbon and acid rain and their interactions that your building starts to look aged and become structurally unstable.🏠

Who would have thought that is under the surface of a beautiful building like this?🤔

If you are interested in learning more about the do's and don'ts of maintaining masonry, visit our blog: https://www.spectrumspecialistsupport.co.uk/blog/

Spectrum is at Clapham Common, London
4 DAYS AGO

What do you think the white, salt stains on your masonry could be?🤔

The answer is C. Efflorescence!Efflorescence is the white, brown, yellow, or green crystalline stains that form on stone and brick as the substrate picks up salt from the ground, absorbs the salt by osmosis, and then concentrates the salt.

This deep concentration into the body of the stone makes these stains challenging to completely remove. Through regular treatments with a TORC/Jos cleaning system, we are able to remove these stubborn stains! 💪

Do you have white salt stains on the exterior of your stone building? Get in touch with us to book a consultation today👉 https://www.spectrumspecialistsupport.co.uk/contact/

Spectrum is at Hackney, London
1 WEEK AGO

Have you read our latest case study? 🤔

In this project, we showed off our team's expertise in creating scaffold-free access solutions! When a decorating company struggled to clean the masonry on this residential property, we utilised abseiling and Doff cleaning to transform the property face! 💪

Read the full case study here: https://www.spectrumspecialistsupport.co.uk/case-studies/abseiling-brick-cleaning/

Spectrum is at Mayfair, London
1 WEEK AGO

Are there white stains covering the exterior of your brick property?🤔

This might be a sign of efflorescence!😟
Learn more about this salt-based stain and how we can effectively remove it from your brick building on our most recent blog here: 
https://www.spectrumspecialistsupport.co.uk/blog/what-are-the-white-stains-on-my-brick-building/

Spectrum is at Waterloo, London
2 WEEKS AGO

Our brick restoration specialists are IRATA trained abseilers. This allows them to repair, clean, and tint brick buildings of any height without the use of scaffolding, saving our clients money and increasing our efficiency!👏

To learn about the complete professional brick refurbishment services we offer, visit our Brick Works page here: https://www.spectrumspecialistsupport.co.uk/brick-works-contractors/

Spectrum is at Holborn, London
3 WEEKS AGO

Regular maintenance on the masonry on your property is essential not just for the appearance of your buildings, but also for the longevity of the building's structure!💪

Brick property restoration services often involve the repairing and cleaning of a building or structure’s exterior, but these can take many forms depending on the building’s unique requirements! Read our 'Ultimate Guide to Brick Restoration' blog to learn more👉 
https://www.spectrumspecialistsupport.co.uk/brick-repointing-and-repair-contractors/