Here at Plastic Surgeon we are reflecting on what was a very successful 2014 – during which we’ve continued to grow the business, while our Finishers have worked on everything from restoring an historic monument defaced by graffiti to refurbishing cruise ships at sea or in dry dock.
And of course, as the year ends and a new one begins we all tend to reflect on things we could have done better, as well as our achievements. This being one of the main reasons that we have our R&D team constantly working on developing new repair techniques; as well as testing out equipment that can help the Finishers carry out their work more effectively.
Also, despite the fact we have continued to invest in training extra personnel to meet demand, we’d like to offer our customers and the public at large 5 tips to help them avoid damaged surfaces and some of the mishaps which lead to them requiring our special cosmetic repair services. Perhaps not quite New Year’s resolutions, but definitely acts of carelessness best avoided.
1. The first ‘hot tip’ would be to always use heat proof mats to protect kitchen work-surfaces from oven dishes, frying pans and the like which scorch their way into laminates or wood in seconds. (Students living in so-called cluster flats seem most prone to this).
2. Don’t rest ladders against window frames or guttering. It isn’t safe and frequently causes worse damage than the task you set out to do in the first place.
3. In either new-build developments or properties being refurbished, protect the doors from being knocked and gouged by wheelbarrows, toolboxes and all the other items being taken to and from the workplace. Doors are always near the top of the list of components we are called on to repair.
4. Shower trays and baths don’t fare well if chisels or other tools are dropped on them – cracks and chips are, though, easy enough to repair, but a very large chunk out of a shower tray, for example, may be even beyond our expertise to repair – just protecting these items with an old blanket or folded dust sheet before beginning jobs like tiling is a wise move that doesn’t take that long to do.
5. Another repair we frequently get asked to undertake is concealing chips and scratches in glazing – windows, doors and those glass bricks – take just a little more time and trouble when doing decorating or other jobs: especially when using craft knives and similar sharp items.
Ever since the publication of the Egan Report, the building industry has been trying to clean up its act and reduce the level of waste as well as collateral damage typical in site work. Aiming for “Immaculate Construction” as it’s sometimes referred to is admirable, though what we’ve come to realise over the years is that there are always going to be minor accidents. And what our service enables clients to do is deal with them as cost effectively and responsibly as possible. Repairing damaged building components is a lot more environmentally-friendly and sustainable than replacing them. We wish you all the very best for 2015.