Recent research has proved that the soiling of building facades can
lead to physical damage as well as spoiling the visual appearance,
and adversely affecting the value of the building. The RILEM Report
on the soiling and cleaning of building facades examines all
aspects of the cleaning of facades which are subject to soiling by
both biological and non-biological agencies. The findings from the
Report suggest that all buildings will be prone to soiling, and
some because of their design will be difficult to clean due to
restricted access. Architects will therefore need to accept that
certain areas of a facade will remain dirty and, by careful choice
of materials and details, attempt to ensure that the building can
carry this dirt without being physically or visually harmed. The
contributors are international authorities working in this field.
Their Report gives advice to all those who need to know how best to
approach the problems connected with the soiling and cleaning of
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