Sandblasting, Grit Blasting, Abrasive Blasting, Shot Blasting and Aggregate Cleaning Services in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Across the UK

Learn more about our sandblasting and specialist aggregate façade cleaning and paint removal solutions.

Sandblasting and aggregate cleaning are very similar. In both practices, a surface such as concrete will have small particles blown at it at high speeds to remove dirt or stains. This method is popular for a number of reasons, including that it doesn’t use water and therefore is easier (in some cases) to clean up. Sandblasting can also smooth down rough surfaces as the particles wear down uneven areas.

Why sandblasting?

As the name suggests, sandblasting used to use sand to clean. Now, sand is less common because there are so many better materials out there, like plastics and fine glass. To sandblast, you’ll need a sandblasting gun. This looks a little bit like a drill, and spits out a fast stream of material. It can be used on metal to clean off rust and oxidised marks. Some people refer to sandblasting as ‘abrasive blasting’: they’re the same.

What is grit blasting?

Grit blasting is very similar and can also be used on different metals. It is sometimes called ‘shot blasting’. The type of grit used can vary from different types of silicone to ground walnut shell. When a surface has been grit blasted it can be welded better or be painted over, giving the paint a smoother, cleaner and longer lasting hold.

Grit and sandblasting are good ways to keep aggregate concrete clean. This is a popular method of paving for many gardens and driveways as it is both pretty and cheap. The smaller particles in the grit and sand help clean out the smaller, harder to reach crevices and make this a popular and reliable method. It can also stop small plants and moss from rooting too well in the aggregate.

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    A complete building façade cleaning and paint stripping solution for internal and external building restoration with methodologies that align and comply with British Standards 8221-1:2012: Code of practice for cleaning and surface repair of buildings.

    We clean and restore a variety of buildings to support your vision whilst ensuring the building is protected for the future.

    Light abrasive cleaning

    If your building cleaning project requires some gentle abrasion, Building Transformation can help you to select the most appropriate aggregate method for your building, soiling type, level, or paint. VorTech is a ‘swirl-abrasive’ system, borne out of the “Jos” technology, originally developed in Germany, in the 1980s. The VorTech is our go-to solution for light aggregate cleaning, as it allows us to clean your building sensitively and efficiently.


    Certain situations call for a more abrasive method of cleaning to achieve the desired result.  This is where blast cleaning and stripping comes in.  Delivered at high speed through a hose and nozzle, abrasive material and compressed air hits the surface with a punch, stripping away stubborn rust, dirt, varnish, paint and coatings with ease.  This method is ideal for preparing surfaces for recoating or painting, or simply for removing years (or centuries) of dirt accumulation on aged brickwork.

    Onsite facade cleaning test trials are essential in creating pre-project clarity and cost certainty, this process enables us to collectively build greater understanding. First, we always seek to understand why you are looking to restore your building façade, this will enable us to build a clear vision of how we can help you whilst working within any listed building, conservation guidelines, planning issues or restrictions. Methods of cleaning are reviewed, risk and limitations of each method discussed so you understand what results you can achieve from your project.

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    Our services

    Our sandblasting services can be used on the following:

    • Stone
    • Brick
    • Timber
    • Steel
    • Flooring
    • Beams
    • Graffiti
    • Residential properties
    • Industrial properties
    • Commercial properties
    • Heritage properties

    Our light abrasive cleaning services can be used on the following:


    • Paints, dirt & carbon
    • Graffiti, street art or pollution
    • Stone, brick, timber
    • Steel, columns and structures
    • Residential properties, industrial properties
    • Commercial properties, heritage properties and monuments

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