The only official magazine of The Cleaning Show

Mill restored to former glory

Published 29th January, 2015 by Neil Nixon

Mill restored to former glory

A former flour mill which had seen better days was recently restored thanks to a complete blast clean and deep clean carried out by specialist firm, Mundy Blast Cleaning.

Albion Mills is a 7000 sq ft two-storey flour mill at Willerby, East Yorkshire, which was built 120 years ago during the late Victorian industrial era. 12 decades later the building was grimy, soot covered and unsightly. But now the building is a busy commercial office for a well- known utilities company.

Bryan Mundy, founder of Mundy Blast Cleaning, explained: “We were brought in to restore the building features. This included the exterior brickwork where we utilised a fine power washing process to carefully remove all the carbon and steam train smog pollution to reveal the rich red brickwork. One side of the building was heavily coated in thick black train soot. Similar techniques were used on the interior brickwork to eradicate many layers of paint and oil, revealing again the rich Victorian brickwork, all of which was media blasted with a calcium silicate synthetic mineral, which is ideal for delicate brick, wood and stonework. We also blast cleaned hundreds of metres of oak beams and soft wood flooring to remove all the ground-in flour, finally revealing all the natural wood surfaces, and used a synthetic mineral to blast clean all the cast iron beam fixings, bolt heads, brackets and all the original pulleys and larger cast belt wheels to reveal their natural beauty. Finally, we pressure washed hundreds of metres of roof trusses to remove a century's worth of flour dust and pollution from the Victorian age, done at low pressure using hot water at 100 degrees. We then treated all beams, trusses and wood flooring to kill off existing woodworm and prevent woodworm in the future.”

Mundy Blast Cleaning's experience covers commercial, retail, domestic and agricultural buildings and trained staff can work safely at heights up to 50m. All employees are certified to work in confined spaces and with anti-graffiti systems.

Article links