Cheers to a meticulous process! Wickens safely and successfully removes lead paint in an Ontario brewery

Posted On November 1, 2016

Until as late as 1980, it was common practice to add lead to paint. The heavy metal made paint more durable and moisture resistant, dried quickly, and produced a distinct pigment.

It also protected against corrosion, and for this reason lead paint was extensively used on structural steel.

Once the discovery was made that lead paint causes serious illness and is particularly dangerous for young children, regulations started coming into place, eventually banning the use of the substance indoors. 

Today, lead paint is still found in older homes, buildings and industrial structures, and has to be removed with great care. Health Canada warns removing, repairing or disturbing this paint can result in lead poisoning and/or brain and nervous system damage.

Recently, owners of a brewery in Ontario were planning to modify their production equipment. As part of the project, they wanted to demolish a section of the old brewery and install new structural steel. Before they could proceed, however, they first had to find a way to remove the lead paint that coated the existing structural steel.

Wickens Dry Ice Blasting was hired for the project because of the company’s extensive experience and success in removing lead paint from industrial, commercial and residential buildings.

Following lead paint removal protocol, Wickens began by setting up a full containment zone around the site where the steel was to be replaced so that adjacent areas and brewery equipment wouldn’t be affected by the remediation works.

A strict ‘dust-free’ process was followed throughout the project, with special tooling used to safely remove the lead paint as soon as it was detached from the surface, without creating dust. The meticulous process that Wickens employed eliminated the risk of lead paint particles escaping into the air and contaminating the environment.

After the removal process was applied to each area, independent testing was carried out to verify that the surfaces were in fact free of lead paint. The entire work area was then thoroughly cleaned using a two-step process that ensured any lead paint residue was also removed. 

The final step in the removal process involved safe disposal of the lead waste. Contaminated material was collected and secured in special containers, for safe transportation and disposal.

Wickens’ process significantly minimized downtime for the brewery. The project was completed in one week, within budget, and the owners of the brewery were able to carry on with their equipment modification project without fear of lead paint exposure. 

If you have a lead paint that needs removed, we can help.  Contact us for more information or a free no obligation demo.

The ceilings of factories and commercial properties are often overlooked in the cleaning process
– but ceilings need some attention too. Dry ice blasting is a particularly effective method for 
cleaning commercial and industrial ceilings that have corrugated steal decking and trusses.  
Blasting can be done as part of a regular cleaning routine, after a fire or in instances where paint 
is flaking off and falling into your production and process areas. It is also a great method for 
cleaning up production residue, such as grease, oil, and dirt.  
Here are three things you should know about commercial and industrial high level cleaning:
Sediment Accumulation Can Turn into a Health Issues
Accumulating dust and sediment on ceilings is more than just an aesthetic problem (though it 
can make locations look worn out and dull). The dirt and grime can also lead to health issues for 
your employees.  Dry ice blasting removes the buildup of grease, dirt, and even paint, to keep 
your facility as safe - and as clean - as possible.  Furthermore, falling dirt and debris can affect 
machinery and disrupt production lines, ultimately impacting product quality.  Therefore, 
regular cleanings can ensure a more productive workplace, and we can repaint your ceilings 
after cleaning to further improve the look of your space. 
High level cleaning can be performed with limited downtime
The biggest barrier to commercial and industrial high level cleaning is usually finding the time to 
get the job done.  Businesses understandably hesitate to interrupt production, but we are able 
to minimize your factory downtimes. Dry ice blasting is a completely dry method that is able to 
get into all of the hard to reach nooks and crevices of ceiling decking and trusses. It also 
produces no secondary waste, other than the residue removed, so the disruption to your 
business’ production is limited. We also offer the flexibility to schedule the cleaning around your 
requirements so as to make the cleaning process as efficient as possible.
Only work with professionals
Cleaning at high levels can be dangerous.  Therefore, it’s important to ensure that the company 
carrying out the cleaning has had its employees complete a “working at heights” training 
program, delivered by a certified training provider, to meet government requirements.  With 
decades of industrial cleaning experience, we pride ourselves on creating safe work 
environments for our customers and employees.  
If your ceilings could use some TLC, contact Wickens to learn more about high level cleaning and 
how we can provide this service in your facility.The ceilings of factories and commercial properties are often overlooked in the cleaning process – but ceilings need some attention too. Dry ice blasting is a particularly effective method for cleaning commercial and industrial ceilings that have corrugated steal decking and trusses.  Blasting can be done as part of a regular cleaning routine, after a fire or in instances where paint is flaking off and falling into your production and process areas. It is also a great method for cleaning up production residue, such as grease, oil, and dirt.  

Here are three things you should know about commercial and industrial high level cleaning:

 

Sediment Accumulation Can Turn into a Health Issues

Accumulating dust and sediment on ceilings is more than just an aesthetic problem (though it can make locations look worn out and dull). The dirt and grime can also lead to health issues for your employees.  Dry ice blasting removes the buildup of grease, dirt, and even paint, to keep your facility as safe - and as clean - as possible.  Furthermore, falling dirt and debris can affect machinery and disrupt production lines, ultimately impacting product quality.  Therefore, regular cleanings can ensure a more productive workplace, and we can repaint your ceilings after cleaning to further improve the look of your space.

 

High level cleaning can be performed with limited downtime 

The biggest barrier to commercial and industrial high level cleaning is usually finding the time to get the job done.  Businesses understandably hesitate to interrupt production, but we are able to minimize your factory downtimes. Dry ice blasting is a completely dry method that is able to get into all of the hard to reach nooks and crevices of ceiling decking and trusses. It also produces no secondary waste, other than the residue removed, so the disruption to your business’ production is limited. We also offer the flexibility to schedule the cleaning around your requirements so as to make the cleaning process as efficient as possible.

 

Only work with professionals

Cleaning at high levels can be dangerous.  Therefore, it’s important to ensure that the company carrying out the cleaning has had its employees complete a “working at heights” training program, delivered by a certified training provider, to meet government requirements.  With decades of industrial cleaning experience, we pride ourselves on creating safe work environments for our customers and employees.  

If your ceilings could use some TLC, contact Wickens to learn more about high level cleaning and how we can provide this service in your facility.