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Spring cleanup of the city



Yuriy Zinchuk, host: “This week the announcement of major cleanup of the city after the winter was made.

Just like in a big house, everything needs to be cleaned, washed and polished in the city. Facades, streets, bridges. This is a very important element of seasonal improvement for St. Petersburg. Because dirt, garbage and soot are particularly visible on the shining gloss of the former Russian Empire’s capital city.

The utilities committee has pinpointed 7,5 thousand buildings. Some facades will be washed from top to bottom, others will see walls cleaned only on the first floor. Particular attention will be paid to historic buildings. Over winter, a whole layer of dust and soot grows on under-ceilings – and removing it is not easy. Usually, dirt from facades is removed by high-pressure water streams. But this cannot be applied to historic facades – as high pressure water streams can destroy small parts of decorations. That’s why some elements will be cleaned manually – with cloths and sponges. Monuments and bridges are already being washed – which requires a lot of water. For instance, 12 tons of water were require to wash the Dvortsovy Bridge – not more, not less”.