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australian war memorial sandstone cleaning


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Australian War Memorial sandstone cleaning 


Australian War Memorial


Building Conservation 


ICS was engaged by the Australian War Memorial to clean all of the external sandstone cladding on the lower levels of the original 1940s War Memorial building. This process was carried out in stages over two years to suit client needs, during which time we trialled various methods in order to find the most effective method of cleaning the sandstone to removal lichen and algal growth while minimising the potential for damage to the sandstone.


  • Devising a methodology for cleaning exterior sandstone cladding
  • Cleaning sandstone cladding


   Australian War Memorial exterior sandstone cleaning

Australian War Memorial sandstone cleaning

Australian War Memorial sandstone cleaning before treatment (lichen)

International Conservation Services is Australia’s largest private fine art conservation business.  Our main office and conservation workshops are located in Sydney, we have staff in Canberra and Melbourne, and we are able to work on site throughout Australia.  We provide a full range of art restoration services, including antique restoration, paintings restoration, sculpture conservation, archaeological conservation, furniture restoration, conservation of works of art on paper, textiles and objects conservation.  We work on architectural finishes and built elements in heritage buildings, structures, monuments and war memorials.  We provide condition assessments, and carry out hands-on conservation and restoration work.  We consult on issues of collection management, preventive conservation and museum planning, and have particular expertise in the management of environmental conditions in buildings housing collections.  Our associated business, Smarttrack RFID, provides a range of asset and visitor tracking solutions for museums, art galleries, libraries and archives.