Arte Mundit

Arte Mundit is a latex type paste for cleaning internal surfaces without the use of large quantities of water. A thin layer of latex paste is applied over the stonework and cleans by removing dirt and other soiling without leaving chemical residues. Once applied and left for 24 hours it is then easily peeled off. This is ideal for interiors such as churches, listed buildings, monuments and statues where great care is required and other methods cannot be used.

Why Arte Mundit?

Cleaning interiors has not been easy in the past as sand blasting, water jetting, steam cleaning etc. make too much mess. Chemical cleaning requires a lot of rinsing so water, steam and blasting methods are unsuitable because of dust and water problems. Viable options include laser cleaning, which is tediously slow and the capital outlay is very expensive, or a method developed for interior cleaning that has been recently introduced, which is peelable poultices for removing deposits – known as Arte Mundit.

How does Arte Mundit work?

The product is based on a specially formulated latex dispersion which, during the evaporation of the water which is present (less that 1% of the product), polymerizes in the product, and then turns into an elastic film which adheres to the surface. Active chemicals are bound into the latex which can then be peeled off some 24 hours later, often without the need for water.

Advantages of Arte Mundit

  • Odourless
  • No chemical after effects
  • The absence of water eliminates the risk of stains
  • Discourages the migration of salts

Different types of Arte Mundit

Formulations to the specific needs can be tailor made for each project. An example of this approach is St Paul's Cathedral – London.

How to apply Arte Mundit

Arte Mundit can be applied by hand or by machine. After 24 hours the Arte Mundit is peeled off the wall. The latex can be recycled.

On which surfaces?

  • Marble
  • Concrete
  • Brick
  • Plaster
  • Stone

Arte Mundit Case Study: St Michael's Abbey