Terracotta panels are created at high temperatures from natural clay. The surface of the wall to be covered need to be anti-static making it less easy to gather dust. Rain generally washes off deposited dust particles from the surface of the terracotta panel thereby cutting down cost especially for high rising buildings.
However, various methods can be used in cleaning terracotta panels and show the best visual effects during the process.
Daily Cleaning of Terracotta Curtain Wall.
Terracotta panels can be self-cleaned to a certain degree E.g during rainfall e.t.c but regular cleaning is still required for proper maintenance. The environmental condition of the region in which the wall cladding is present greatly influences the frequency of cleaning required.
Dust accumulated over time on the surface of the terracotta panel can be cleaned by applying clean water on the surface of the wall cladding material and scrubbing with a brush. Hard is best preferred when doing this due to the rough surface of terracotta panels.
It is also advised to pay close attention when cleaning water off the terracotta panel as the use of rags could possibly leave lint on the surface of the terracotta panel.
Removal of Special Stains.
The terracotta panel has a water absorption rate of 3-10%.
This provides tricky situations when oily substances are the cause for stains of the terracotta panels. In case of oily stains, it is best advised for the terracotta panel to be as soon as possible to prevent the wall cladding material from absorbing the contents thereby making it unable to be cleaned
In case of the terracotta panels being stained by handprints/ smudges or greasy dirt, it is best to remove/ wipe off the dust from the panel surface before applying any cleaning agent to the stained area. In doing so the surface of the terracotta panel can then be rinsed with clean
In a situation where the terracotta panel’s surface is stained by substances like cement or paint it is advised to use abrasive paper which has been deepened into the water to gently wipe the surface of the terracotta panel then rinse with clean water.
provides well-structured plans for the handling and transporting of cladding materials. This can be broken down into various stages of;
- On and off vehicles.
- IN and out of storage.
- And the final position on the target building to be which the wall cladding is to be present.
The materials used by LOPO terracotta are mutually compatible and have a similar and planned life expectancy identical to each other. Correct workmanship is also guaranteed by LOPO during installation thereby leaving a lasting condition where the texture conditions of the wall cladding are fully functional.
LOPO terracotta also produces terracotta tiles and wall bricks which can be observed on notable structures such as “Hamburg house” of Germany with a theme of sustainable urban development and with a construction which is climate friendly to the human population. The construct comes with an external wall cladding system which is well customized such that it provides energy conservation, heat preservation all encompassed in a structure which stands boasts of the most advanced technology in the industry.
Some of the other works can be seen on another building exterior with features such as terracotta louvers, clay wall corners, terracotta panels and so on.