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 porous 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.
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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. We provide a complete façade restoration, masonry repair, and cleaning solution for historic and listed properties. We work with you 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.
Onsite façade cleaning test trials are essential in creating pre-project clarity and cost certainty, this process enables us to collectively build greater understanding. We employ solutions 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. Providing you with the technical information and advice to help support your conservation planning, listed building consent, and architectural requirements.
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The approach and advice on setting up the works at the Wolverhampton Civic Centre were first-class. Building Transformation’s attention to detail was excellent and the RAMS were followed meticulously to every detail. We were delighted with the works and service, and would not hesitate to use them again, nor hesitate to recommend them to any organisation.
A 200,000 sq. ft., four-storey leisure venue in the heart of Nottingham city centre surrounded by major traffic routes needed work to be done overnight to deal with the traffic issues, while the site remained open throughout. The project took around three weeks to complete and went exceptionally well; the Building Transformation staff were flexible and able to work round dynamic operational issues. The clean was of a high standard and has made a significant different to the image of the building. A very difficult job done well.
I am very satisfied in the manner the job was conducted. Also the level of cleaning provided and attention to detail is much appreciated.
I am using Building Transformation’s work to help justify façade restoration works around our business. They have produced excellent presentations on what can be achieved and is a brilliant piece of informed marketing that is helping slowly win people over in our business to take façade cleaning and restoration more seriously.
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Building Transformation gave great communication throughout our projects.
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Just signed off the job with Richard. Myself, the bosses and the tenant all are very pleased with the work. It definitely looks rejuvenated just a case of painting the concrete window surrounds in the new year to finish it off. Have found your company and staff very professional and helpful which has facilitated a project with minimal inconvenience and disruption to our in situ tenants.
I had a walk around today with Dave and am impressed with the work so far. Dave and the team have done a great job.
I’d certainly love to work with you in the future so perhaps before the job is completed we could look at what opportunities there are for the future.
At this stage, from my point of view your team has been extremely professional, informing us of what was happening at all times and most importantly no disruption whatsoever to our guests and business.
We are very satisfied in the manner the job was conducted. The operatives on site were very professional and communicated to us at all times.
The team at Building Transformation understood our challenge of finding a facade cleaning solution that would initially restore the glazing to its original state, protecting our building for years to come. Through intelligent and thorough testing right through to the full restoration of Block D, we have been very satisfied with the project management and delivery of the cleaning programme.
Thank you for all the work that you carried out in cleaning the outside of our school. We are delighted with the results. You have managed to completely remove heavy staining from many areas around the building.
We found you extremely easy to work with: your quote was reasonable, you carried out the work quickly and you were very flexible in terms of timings.
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