Stone and Brick Cleaning with Softwashing, Doff, Steam and Pressure Jet washing in London, Manchester, Birmingham

Stone, limestone and bricks all take in and show dirt differently. The only similarity is that they don’t look good when they’re grimy, so taking some time to give them a clean can really make a difference.

When cleaning stone, you should make sure you know what sort of stone your building is made of. Granite and concrete, for example, will require different maintenance and different services. However, there are a few things you should know. Firstly, stone is quite poros and will absorb stains and liquids easily. This is worth being aware of if you’re thinking of installing stone floors. For a three step option, cleaners will scrub grout lines with a pre-spray, before moving on to get the dirt off with a high pressure rotary wand, and finish the job with a buffer to make the stone look shiny. To keep stone looking nice, this should be done once every year.

When cleaning limestone you need to make sure you don’t use any acid-based cleaners, because this can damage the limestone. Other than that, it’s fairly straightforward: start by sweeping away anything that’s accumulated on the limestone, then pressure wash the limestone using a hose and water (use a low setting and don’t do this on damaged limestone). If there are greasy stains, you can use soapy water (washing up liquid is fine) and kitty litter on any oil spills. Finally, try a limestone cleaner for any remaining stains. If you need to, you can make one from hydrogen peroxide and flour mixed into a paste.

Cleaning bricks is probably the most straightforward. The cleaner will need to use water to rinse over the bricks, then scrub them with a brush and possibly a brick cleaner made of washing up liquid and salt to act as a kind of exfoliant. This can be done as regularly as the building’s owner likes, and will probably depend on if the bricks are indoors or outdoors.

Masonry cleaning & repairs, a conservation approach

Stone restored, bricks matched or tinted, traditional repointing techniques

A complete building restoration solution for stone and brick facades, historical weathering details retained, buildings restored without losing its past. Sensitive masonry restoration to help buildings live into the future. Our methods are aligned BS 8221-1:2012: Cleaning and surface repair of buildings.

Sympathetic building restoration solutions in line with the philosophy of Historic England, we restore sandstone, limestone, brick and terracotta. We work with the condition of the building, adjusting cleaning methods to suit the condition of the masonry, ensuring to create a balanced finish without over-cleaning or damaging the façade.

Onsite facade cleaning test trials are essential in creating pre-project clarity and cost certainty, this process enables us to collectively build greater understanding. We will always seek to understand why you are looking to restore your building façade, this will enable us to build a clear vision of how we can help you whilst working within any listed building, conservation guidelines, planning issues or restrictions. Methods of cleaning are reviewed, risk and limitations of each method discussed so you understand what you can and can’t achieve from your project.

Stone cleaning and brick restoration with ‘super-heated water’

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All methods and processes we employ to clean the masonry are conservation lead, giving you peace of mind that the best methods are employed. If you are a surveyor, architect or property manager searching for a range of sensitive and approved stone/brick cleaning solutions, speak to a member of our specialist building restoration team today.

We are conservation driven in our philosophy and approach to masonry cleaning and building repair and restoration. “Conservation is the process of managing change to a significant place or building, how best to maintain its values, whilst recognising opportunities to reveal or reinforce these values for present and future generations.” (Conservation Principles, Policies and Guidance 2015). We can provide a complete external stone cleaning service, a complete façade restoration, masonry repair and cleaning solution for ecclesiastical, historic and listed properties. Building Transformation can provide a complete solution to your building maintenance needs.

Our stone cleaning, façade refurbishment & roof maintenance services include:

  • Façade steam cleaning and restoration: Super-heated steam, Nebulus and poultice cleaning
  • Removal of carbon, effluence staining, organic matter, pollution and salt leaching
  • Paint removal from building facades
  • Masonry, concrete and façade repairs
  • Traditional roofing and leadwork
  • Installation of traditional rainwater and guttering systems
  • Sash window repair and decoration
  • Installation of internal lime plasters and renders
  • Specialist decorations such as gilding and limewashing
  • Roof leak detection and integrity testing

Our expertise lies in restoring and stabilising facades and roofs so that they are fit for purpose.  Over the past 18 years we have delivered property restoration of listed buildings, period, Victorian and Georgian properties. We work with the client to ensure all the correct planning regulations are in place and all relevant BS standards have been observed and understood before moving forward with the project. We use hot water cleaning, low pressure cleaning and steam to restore, preserve and maintain soiled building façades.

Portland stone, Yorkstone and other local sandstones, we have a solution to remove staining such as carbon, traffic film, effluence staining, leeched salts, organic matter, environmental pollution and paint from your stone or brick building façade. We help guide you through the process, ensuring that the correct products are matched, and methods used in the processes. If you own or manage listed commercial building, churches, university building, schools, stately homes and private property we can help you start and finish the restoration journey. We provide technical information and advice to help support your conservation planning, listed building consent and architectural requirements.

We love restoring, cleaning building façade and bring them back to life, breathing new life into the building skin. Contact us for an initial consultation and discover how we can help on your future project.


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