First and foremost, to clear up a common question. When you look up at any commercial or largescale building, particularly a kind of warehouse, shopping centre or modern office block, you may find yourself pondering the smooth exterior surface which makes up the overall finish of the building. What is the best way to clean cladding?

This is what is referred to as exterior cladding, and it is designed to add both thermal insulation and weather resistance to buildings, as well as providing a clean and attractive finish on large buildings. Of course, the resurgence of exposed brick is on-trend right now and so for many potential customers, they see cladding and turn away; in favour of the traditional style of old brick.

However, it is important to note that these kinds of large commercial buildings are often made with concrete, not brick, and so without the right type of cladding, they would be exposed to the elements and would make unsightly and very cold interior and exterior spaces.

Why it is important to clean cladding regularly

For the most part, as with any other building cleaning process, most of the regular cleaning is done to maintain appearances as much as anything else.
While cladding which is cleaned on a regular basis is structurally sound and resistant to weather, and likely able to live a much longer lifespan than that which is left covered with dirt and grime, for most businesses the real priority is on the impression that their building presents to potential customers.

The cleaner the cladding, the better equipped they are to provide a high-quality first impression to clients and customers.
And so, we move to the cleaning work itself.

How to clean cladding on the exterior of a building

What do all these largescale commercial properties have in common? They are huge – and so the first thing to note is the sheer scale of the job.
For most customers, this means that the most effective and the easiest way to clean their building is with the help of a professional cleaning company, who can come in and observe all the health and safety guidelines in place for exterior cladding cleans while providing a high-end service which cleans and restores and beauty of the building.

When it comes to the cleaning method itself, this tends to depend on the top of cladding used; with options including:

· Metal cladding
· PVC cladding
· UPVC cladding
· Zinc cladding

For most of these types of cladding, warm water will do the trick. You will likely find that any cleaning work will be preceded with a brush of the entire surface to remove debris and cobwebs, as these can impact the cleaning process later down the line.

For a metal surface, this may well be enough – though some cleaning companies will then go over the cladding with warm water to clean the dirt away from the surface.
PVC and UPVC both require specialist chemical cleaning products which are designed to protect the surface and clean it without leaving damage to your cladding – your professional cleaning company will know how to use these and will provide them themselves, however, it is always worth knowing what is going to be used.

As with the generic metal cladding, zinc cladding is best cleaned with warm water and no cleaning products – as any kind of chemical product can cause the surface to discolour. Again, this is something that should be observed by your professional cleaning company.

Things to look out for

Health and safety is a big thing when it comes to cleaning exterior cladding, particularly because commercial buildings tend to be large with multiple floors which will all need attentive cleaning.

You may find that some professional cleaning companies rely on a ladder or even a cherry picker to reach the heights required, however, many will use telescopic poles as these are much safer and allow the cleaner to reach top levels without ever leaving solid ground.

For your free quote, and the highest level of service, get in touch with us or your local professional cleaning company.