All manner of structures can benefit from sensitive, controlled masonry cleaning whether the end goal is to uncover the root of failure as part of condition survey or programme of repair, to strip away inappropriate coatings so that the original fabric can be revealed or to restore a ‘feature’ to its former glory should it make sense to do so.

All manner of structures can benefit from sensitive, controlled masonry cleaning whether the end goal is to uncover the root of failure as part of condition survey or programme of repair, to strip away inappropriate coatings so that the original fabric can be revealed or to restore a ‘feature’ to its former glory should it make sense to do so.

Sensitive Masonry Cleaning

We offer a range of sympathetic cleaning methods dependent upon the type of façade, the sensitivity of the structure, and the extent of staining. Most of our work is concerned with specialist masonry cleaning, particularly in the historic environment where we specialise in low pressure mechanical cleaning in order to remove atmospheric pollution, external soiling and instances of graffiti. Using air, water and a specialist glass powder medium that is slid over the surface via a whirl jet action, staining and contaminants can be gradually removed and the degree of cleaning is carefully controlled.

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Masonry Cleaning and Due Consideration

Before embarking on a programme of specialist masonry cleaning it is imperative to think carefully about the implications of any treatment to the fabric of the structure and consequences of an aesthetic change in relation to the whole of the building or the effect on its neighbours. We recommend a period of examination, discrete testing and recording to determine the most suitable methodology to adopt in order to insure against damage or erosion to fabric or minimise the potential for intractable staining from the aggressive use of poultices.