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Designed for surveyors, architects, planners and conservation officers, our training reviews best practice and practical solutions to sensitive restore building facades. Build greater depth and understanding of façade restoration within your organisation today, call  .

Façade cleaning is inherently risky; different methods, processes and strategies are used to clean, over-clean and bring buildings back to life. Really there is only one chance to effectively and sensitively restore a building, irrespective of its modern or historic status.

Learn more about our people on About Us, Click here for Case Studies or here for Testimonials.

We help bring buildings back to life, helping them to live, breathe and thrive into the 21st century.

Façade Cleaning Training

Day 1

Part 1: Introduction to business

  • Definitions
  • Building facades
  • Building skins
  • Façade maintenance
  • Re-setting the context

Part 3: Building a value proposition for the customer

  • Listening to what the customer wants to achieve
  • Identifying problems
  • Building strong solutions that support the best practice, the customer and the building
  • Transparency is key
  • Manging expectations and risks

Part 4: Background to façade cleaning

Practical: induction to steam

  • Setting the scene for cleaning building facades
  • Industry & transportation change
  • The purpose for cleaning stone
  • Origins of current cleaning guides
  • English heritage conservation principles
  • PPG15 ‘Planning and the Historic Environment
  • Overview of BS Code of Practice No 8221 on Cleaning and Surface Repair
  • BRE digests 448 & 449, best practice for cleaning building façades
  • Listed building consent and planning
  • Why clean building façades
  • Considerations before choosing a cleaning method
  • Inspection & identification of the substrate
  • Understanding façade soiling and deposits

Day 2

Part 7: Steam & Super-heated water

Practical equipment inspection & set-up

  • Steam cleaning as a method
  • Operating pressures
  • Nozzles
  • Low pressure cleaning
  • 5 simple steam cleaning rules
  • Using the lance
  • A single phased approach
  • Example methodology
  • An overview of historical coatings and treatments
  • Historical use of and general purpose of coatings and consolidates
  • Types, properties and characteristics of surface coatings
  • Coating system and paint removal solutions
  • Pro’s & cons of paint removal

Part 8: Test Trails

  • Why undertake a cleaning test trials?
  • Façade cleaning test trialing
  • Assessment of test trials

Part 9: Practical Session

  • Steam cleaning building materials
  • Inspection and impact of high-pressure cleaning
  • Inspection and impact of incorrect chemical use

Take Aways

  • Samples specifications
  • How to survey building facades for cleaning
  • Survey templates



Building Transformation’s unquestionable honesty and enthusiasm for ensuring the client receives the correct whole-life solution (rather than a quick fix) resulted in us being able to ensure the building was not only returned to its former glory, but will stay that way for years to come. I would recommend them to anyone.

Kenny Gash - Carillion Amey

The work provided by Building Transformation was excellent. Their product and building exteriors knowledge is detailed, comprehensive and practically applied to the client’s needs. They offer a professional, detailed, high-quality and customer- focused service which meets the short, medium and long-term needs of the client, and provides practical, cost-realistic advice.

Kerry Quinn - Echo Arena

Customer service is paramount to Building Transformation and they invested vast amounts of time in providing me with a programme to facilitate what was a very complex and time-specific programme of work for the site. The quality and level of support provided by Building Transformation is priceless to any client/contractor.

Marc Blow MCIOB MBIFM - Carillion Amey

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.

Kevin Egginton - Wolverhampton Council

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.

Suzanne Green - Land Securities

May & Co have worked with Building Transformation on a number of projects which have included external building cleaning and refurbishment. They provided a great service, supported by the high level of documentation from the initial quotation to books and industry-related guidance, all relevant to our project.

Anton Theobald - May & Co

I am very satisfied in the manner the job was conducted. Also the level of cleaning provided and attention to detail is much appreciated.

Waqas Bin Tahir - Ibis Southampton

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.

Needless to say Building Transformation is a name that is now becoming known and respected.

Simon Attwood - Broadgate Estates Ltd.

Building Transformation gave great communication throughout our projects.
It will be my pleasure to recommend Building Transformation.

Sarah Cameron - My Hotels Group

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.

Mark Hollinshead - Headruddy Property Development

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.

Marie Green - Novotel Sheffield

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.

Ludovic Verzi - Novotel Leeds

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.

Maria Pinana Mateu - Science Museum

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.

Colin Pilkington - Renaker Build Limited

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.

Tamsin Griffith - Courtney Road Primary School, Bristol

We will definitely be working with you again! Your engineers were very polite and accommodating every time they visited site and have done a first class job. I will be recommending Building Transformation to everyone!

Mark Healy - One Facility

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Expert Technical Advice

A Unique Guide ON How To Restore And Protect Building Skins

Whether it’s a technical façade condition inspection, specialist advice, façade cleaning test trials and specification development, the delivery of a building cleaning project within a challenging access environment or a full building refurbishment project with ongoing going façade management strategies to maximise your ROI, we can help.

32 Case Studies

Before and After Cleaning

A simple photographic reference guide to help you visualise your building material and the solutions required to restore it with care and sensitivity. These case studies have been selected to help you identify your building material, soiling issues and the potential solutions available to you. Using our ‘before and after’ images, you can visualise your own building following similar treatment.

Our Philosophy

21st Century Façades: Breathing Life into Urban Landscapes

The urban environment has changed enormously since the majority of building maintenance concerns were focused on more traditional masonry structures, materials, pollution levels, weather patterns – even the height of most buildings are completely different to a hundred years ago. This book illustrates how Building Transformation’s methods breathe new life, energy and vitality into building skins and cities.