Can I have my timbers and beams cleaned quickly and without damage?
Safe beam cleaning of paints and varnish from wood is possible but requires training, care and the right equipment. We always test in a discrete area before proceeding as not all woods can be blast cleaned without damage. Hardwoods such as oak are perfect and so too pitch pine. Modern fast grown pines are not suitable.
What is the best way to clean my beams?
We can advise on the best method; soda blasting, glass powders or dry ice…or if it is the right decision for your property, not to blast at all. There is a lot of confusing, contradictory and even misleading advise available from the web and people whose knowledge and experience of blast cleaning is very out of date.
When is the best time to blast beams?
We prefer to come in as soon as you have completed any demolition work, before any other trades. This can be a messy service. But we have blasted in houses which are decorated and lived in. Isolating the rooms we are working in takes time and dust can find its way through tiny cracks.
Do you clean new oak frames?
Yes we do, and frequently as they have water damage, marks from shipping and installation and handling.
What if my beams have woodworm?
Most old woods have had infestation at sometime but damage to old oak timbers is usually not deep and the strength of the beam is not compromised. We can remove the loose and dusty (fass) material so you will not be vacuuming it up forever. It is always worth having timbers inspected after blasting and having them treated if needed.
How much does beam cleaning cost?
There are many factors influencing cost. Size of the beams, type and layers of coatings, situation, how easy is access, is the property inhabited and so on. We have years of experience and our estimates are usually within 10% of the final cost. We will agree a final cost once we have tested areas for you. One thing is certain, whichever company you choose you will be looking at the work they leave for years after so make sure you have an experienced and caring provider. There is no cheap satisfactory way for achieving great looking beams to enhance your home.
What do I need to do to treat the wood afterwards?
Almost everyone asks us this. The answer is you don’t have to do anything to oak. It is a matter of personal preference. Beeswax will naturally seal timbers but will darken them a little. Avoid linseed oil as this never really dries. Steer clear too of varnishes.