If you were to sift through our archives here at PROSOCO or even take a walk down the hallways, you’d quickly notice evidence of some of the historic landmarks our products have been used on over the many decades we’ve been in the restoration cleaning business. The Empire State Building, Trinity Church, the Pentagon, the list goes on and on.
You could say we’re pretty proud of the role we’ve played in the origins of restoration cleaning in this country.
That role was confirmed at the recently held Architectural Ceramic Conference at MIT in Boston, where research conducted by Irene Matteini, Frank Matero and Reza Vatankha illuminated the evolution of terracotta cleaning over the years. Matteini is a graduate student in historic preservation and conservation science at the University of Pennsylvania; Matero is a professor of architecture at the school; and Vatankha is a lecturer in historic preservation.
“The research did not focus on any one method, but rather the introduction and trends of all methods reported on in literature and by current practitioners,” Matteini said in an email. “PROSOCO has been an important agent in the development and commercial application of chemical-based masonry cleaning systems.”
On a timeline presented at the conference as well as at the RESTORE Workshop in Philadelphia this spring, PROSOCO and its products were mentioned nearly a dozen times. In 1962, for example, PROSOCO launched Boyer’s Restoration Cleaners R-1 and R-2, the first commercially available surface cleaners formulated for old masonry construction. Those formulas would later evolve into Sure Klean® Heavy Duty Restoration Cleaners. The timeline goes on to call out PROSOCO products that were used to clean and restore Philadelphia’s Furness Library, Chicago’s Reliance Building, New York’s McIntyre Building and more.