Laser cleaning systems for restoration
Art and architectural restoration is a laborious and time-consuming process. It is important to properly clean and not damage the piece. Using traditional methods not only increases the risk of damage, but also requires consumables and additional cleaning costs. Laser cleaning will eliminate these problems and allow the restoration work to be done neatly. In this article, you’ll learn what tasks the F-Clean laser system can handle, and it deserves your attention.
No incidental contamination occurs, no consumables required
The F-Clean laser system requires only electrical power to clean the surface. The treatment process is the cleanest compared to traditional methods. Most of the dirt evaporates, the residue can be removed with an ordinary rag. Forget about sand and chemicals. You may work indoors and outdoors. No noise or dirt.
Laser cleaning of gypsum products
Complete cleaning without surface damage
Laser radiation allows you to clean the surface of any shape and topography, to treat the most remote places without disassembling the product. The surface to be cleaned is not damaged at all. The laser beam only affects the contamination layer without damaging the surface. You can accurately work on old, corroded objects and return them to their original appearance.
Laser cleaning of cast iron fragment
Case: Laser cleaning of corrosion from a vintage airplane
In 2019, the museum approached Pokkels. The organization was looking for ways to clean a military plane that had been in the swamp for 70 years. The plane was rusted through and the metal was thin. Traditional methods didn’t work, as they would have damaged the fragile parts.
The F-Clean BP portable backpack removed paint and corrosion marks without deforming the surface.
Marble laser cleaning
Suitable for working at height with large objects
The size of the cleanable object is irrelevant to the operation of the laser device. F-Clean effectively cleans both a bronze plaque and a monument. The size of the surface to be cleaned only affects the cleaning time: the larger the object, the longer the treatment takes. The Pokkels F-Clean BP mobile laser system in a backpack design is especially convenient for working at height. With a weight of 15 kg and the size of a regular backpack, the device allows for comfortable cleaning at height.
Piece of the monument before and after 2 minutes of a laser cleaning
F-Clean service life is 50 years
Pokkels laser devices are designed for a service life of 100,000 hours. This equates to more than 50 years if the equipment is used for 8 hours 5 days a week. This service life is made possible by quality components. Our devices are based on laser sources from IPG Photonics, the world leader in fiber lasers.
Laser cleaning of antique metalwork
- Cleaning of metal, stone, glass, and wood surfaces.
- Removal of various types of dirt: organics, paint, soot, rust, etc.
- Deep cleaning of surfaces with complex shapes and reliefs
- Suitable for work at height
- Gentle treatment without surface damage
- No incidental contamination occurs, no consumables required