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Innovation has come to the pressure washing industry, at least in the commercial industry. Alcoa Architectural Products has developed  a coating of titanium dioxide that is built into the manufacturing process of Building materials. This coating allows the building to keep itself clean, on the outside! The science works like this:

1. Free Radicals Released: When sunlight strikes the titanium dioxide particles embedded in Alcoa’s EcoClean building panels, their electrons get charged. The energy is transferred to oxygen and water molecules in the air, forming free radicals.

2. Search and Destroy: The free radicals attack and oxidize organic pollutants on the panel and in the surrounding atmosphere, breaking them down into benign compounds.

3. Superslick Surface: Free radicals cling together on the EcoClean building panel, creating a slick surface that allows rainwater to wash off in sheets rather than form beads. As the water cascades off the building, dirt remaining on the panel is washed away.                                                                                                       ~Forbes, June 6, 2011 Todd Woody

Alcoa is working on buildings in North America and Europe with companies that are trying to increase their Green image. A self cleaning building that doesn’t require a pressure washing or a reclaim system means less work for exterior cleaning companies. It means a larger initial investment by building owners that will pay for itself in reduced cleaning costs and a friendlier image. Seems like a great idea to me – time to think outside the box everyone. Stagnation will be your defeat!

Morgan C. Booz

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