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How do I kill my building?

  • 11 November 2019
  • Door: Herman Bessels

Cleaning with 80 bar pressure is like washing your china with a jet of grit. To make it complete, we use extreme alkalis and acids; that cleans up nice and fast. The result: concrete floors are transformed into washed out gravel floors in 5 years, sealant joints are stripped of sealant, sandwich walls rust while you are looking at them. 

Jan de Wringer orders cleaning companies to clean (production) areas for an ever decreasing amount of money. That's possible, but you shouldn't ask how. I was there when a director showed me how to clean; no, 5 bars is too weak, lets change the pressure to 80 bar! That's how we do it. In one flowing movement, 12 tiles flew off the wall. The spray lance was thrown into the corner and the director left the room, saying many 3-letter words. 

The best cleaning starts with as little pollution as possible. That is possible! Think of mudguards, sump trays, etcetera. In the design, these are unfortunately parts that are often cut off. This is a great pity, because in operation they deliver an incredible amount of quality and savings.

Then we put the shroud on the buildings, consisting of plastic and stainless steel plates. Many people forget that the pressure difference between day and night - a few percent - causes air to be pushed behind the front plates every night. Air that wants to come out again during the day. In this way you create an ultimate, uncontrollable place for growing everything you don't want within your factory. 

Another point is the 24/7 wet factory, in which the Technical Department and the cleaning team have to work their way through the changing shifts like a maniac. "We don't have time for maintenance, nor do we have time to let rooms and installations dry 100%..." "Hey, that's weird, we're having trouble with Listeria..."

Herman Bessels is architect BNA at Bessels architekten & ingenieurs BV

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