How 'Monuments Men' Clean Up These Historic Landmarks
These cleaners brave the elements to clean some of the greatest monuments around the world. The landmarks include Christ the Redeemer in Rio, the Space Needle, the London Eye and Mount Rushmore.
Most of the time, they're massive projects that include cleaners, engineers, photographers, and support staff. They are carried out by Karcher, a German company that developed the first hot-water pressure washer.
At times they have to work around the daily operations of the site, which are tourist destinations. On occasion, they only work at night, often in high winds, using helmet lamps, harnesses, and electric hot-water pressure washers.
The crew has to be careful of the conservation of the edifice and of the environmental impact of their cleaning. So, often, they clean using only hot water.
An impressive display of human talent:
This sort of cleaning is important because most monuments and landmarks are susceptible to damage and corrosion. Each project comes with its unique set of priorities, and cleaning isn’t always just about removing dirt. The sparkling results of their work speak for themselves.