Measures for the maintenance of untreated wood facades

Ganne-Chédeville, Christelle; Volkmer, Thomas; Letsch, Bernhard; Lehmann, Martin (2012). Measures for the maintenance of untreated wood facades In: World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE 2012). Auckland, New Zealand. 15-19.07.2012.

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Untreated wood facades often show discoloration after a certain life time. In this study various untreated wood facades were cleaned by high pressure water spray with different parameters. The color of the facade was determined in the CIE L*, a*, b* system and small samples were taken on the surface for electronic microscopy analysis before and after each treatment step. The results show that it is possible, with adjusted parameters and without the pre-treatment with detergents, to obtain a good color homogenization on the facade. Grayed facades become considerably brighter and get back a yellow-red tone. The achieved color is often slightly different from the original color. Inhomogeneous south-facades become more homogenous and their strong red coloration gets reduced. The microscopy investigations show that after the treatment almost all spores, fibers residues and dust particles are removed. The compounds of the middle-lamella have been washed off; cleaned fibers remain on the surface. This leads to a slight woolly surface effect. In future work the durability of this technique will be investigated.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


School of Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering
School of Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering > Institute for Materials and Wood Technology
BFH Centres and strategic thematic fields > BFH Centre for Wood - Resource and Material


Ganne-Chédeville, Christelle0000-0003-1000-6759;
Volkmer, Thomas;
Letsch, Bernhard and
Lehmann, Martin0000-0002-0813-7023


T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TH Building construction






Christelle Ganne-Chédeville

Date Deposited:

21 Apr 2020 11:33

Last Modified:

12 Jan 2021 21:45

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Facade discoloration High pressure water cleaning Maintenance Untreated wood facades Weathering




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