Cleaning

CLEANING

Our cleaning expertise extends across all materials and is as reliant on new technology as it is on traditional craftsmanship…

Whether cleaning is the first stage of full restoration or an end in itself, our expertise spans the centuries, extending from cleaning historic monuments and listed buildings to the brick, stone and concrete of modern homes and offices; from the weather-stained marble of historic statues to the final clean of newly finished facades and stonework.
Our Cleaning Team is available for single projects, emergency call-outs and planned maintenance.

Heritage Cleaning

Cleaning historic and/or listed buildings requires respect, research, understanding and specialist skills.

We employ specific techniques and treatments dependent on the type of stone. Limestone and sandstone, for example, require different handling.

Furthermore, all the chemicals we recommend are designed to be biodegradable and animal and human friendly in use. They are also only available to accredited trade professionals – nothing on the shelves at a local DIY store can match their performance and few will have been subjected to the same level of material-specific testing.

Cleaning Systems

All our cleaning procedures are industry approved and accredited by Stone Health or Restorative Techniques.

We are experienced in using cleaning systems including TORC (JOS) and DOFF.

Our Clients, though, do have a choice. Our decades of experience (predating most of these systems), including extensive works on heritage buildings, means we can also offer more traditional, and equally effective, cleaning techniques. The choice is yours.

Specialist New Build Facade Cleaning

The facade of any new stone, brick or concrete building will need a final clean once construction work has finished. This is to remove the traces left by the various trades involved and to remove and prevent the re-occurrence of efflorescence or other issues arising from new work.

Protective Coatings & Impregnations

From the first moment of a building’s life, it is under constant attack from wind, weather, water and pollution and while stone, brick and concrete are robust, slow deterioration is inevitable.

This process, though, can be slowed even further by applying specialist (invisible or decorative) protective coatings that halt water penetration and act as a buffer to atmospheric corrosion.

They can be applied after cleaning or as a preventative measure and are suitable for buildings of any age. Some new coatings are even accepted by individual Conservation Officers for use on heritage and listed buildings