P Mac started work on cleaning the last remaining tower block in Ballymun on Balbutcher Lane, for Dublin City Council.
The Joseph Plunkett tower is due for demolition next year, however, the lifts and lobbies were in a deplorable state and needed interim maintenance. There are seven lifts in the block, which were covered in graffiti and dirt. We liaised with the lift company to have them switched off during quiet times and initially removed the graffiti using a mild chemical.
We then proceeded to sanitise and wash the lifts, leaving them gleaming. The residents were over the moon with the results. After that, we moved on to the lobbies at basement and ground level. We initially sanitised the area and the residents were overwhelmed with the difference – as they had become accustomed to the stench of urine.
The floors were washed initially with industrial machines and then by hand, with no corner left uncleaned. The results are astounding. It took a two-man crew three weeks to complete the work and their greatest reward was the positive feedback from the residents.
BEFORE: the lift covered in graffiti
AFTER: graffiti-free lift door
The P Mac crew had a lot of dirt and grime to remove
The floors after being washed with industrial machines