Tag Archives: micro-abrasive cleaning

Cleaning Tests at the Sherman Building, Armed Forces Retirement Home

31 Oct

Aeon principal conservators Lane Burritt and Alfonso Narvaez recently performed cleaning tests on the marble Sherman Building located on the historic campus of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, DC. Built in 1857 the Sherman Building was badly damaged in last years’ earthquake. Aeon was brought in by The Christman Company to assist them and designers Quinn Evans Architects determine appropriate cleaning methods for the historic marble. Aeon is testing mild cleaning methods including D/2 Biological, MasonRE Rust Remover, the Quintek water misting system and the Rotec Vortex micro-abrasive cleaning system.

Quintek water misting test rig

Conservation of William Tecumseh Sherman Monument, Washington DC

15 Jul


Aeon principal conservators, Alfonso and Lane, recently completed the conservation treatment of the 1903 statue of General Sherman, which stands near the White House in downtown Washington. The bronze, stone and terrazzo monument has been undergoing an overall landscape and sculpture restoration project for the National Park Service by the Christman Company.   Aeon was hired to complete the conservation cleaning and repairs to the stone surfaces – after the bronze statue and numerous medallions and reliefs had been cleaned and waxed. This laid down the challenge for Alfonso and Lane to carry out their work on the 28ft monument while carefully protecting the bronze so that the previous work remained pristine. The project was also made more demanding by the tough access and time restrictions that were required as part of working in a high security area.
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