Cleaning weathered asbestos cement cladding at ground level

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1 Use the right kit
  • Wear Type 5 disposable overalls and disposable gloves
  • Wear the overalls one size too big and put the legs over the top of footwear
  • Do not re-use disposable overalls and gloves
  • This work doesn’t normally need a face mask
2 Keep dust down
  • Seal off gaps into the building with polythene sheets to stop water getting inside
  • Use a suitable cleaning product and spray evenly over the cladding with a garden sprayer following the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Do not use a pressure washer
  • Keep the surface wet and gently scrape the debris and plant matter with a scraper or trowel
  • If roots are hard to remove, you should leave them in place
  • Scoop the debris and matter into a plastic sack
  • Don’t attempt to clean asbestos cement roof sheets – this needs a specialist roof cleaning contractor
3 Clean up properly
  • Use a damp cloth to clean tools and the area. Put the used cloth in the plastic sack
  • Do not use a brush as this will spread asbestos fibres into the air
  • Double bag all waste including masks, overalls, cloths and plastic sheets in plastic sacks, seal with tape and label as asbestos waste
  • Contact the local tips in your area to find one that accepts asbestos waste
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