Over time, every building starts showing the effects of age and pollution. Keeping your building looking immaculate for the sake of your business, to preserve history, or to ensure the health of your building requires proper maintenance and care; that’s why it’s crucial to choose a sensitive cleaning solution for your stone building. Doing so will keep your façade in good condition and ensure the investment lasts into the future.

Although stone is durable, it’s destructible. Failure to continuously maintain or using wrong products can lead to irreversible and potentially catastrophic damage to your stone building.

Testing and evaluation

Old brick and stone façade, back tape split into three sections shows testing of the mortar.

While choosing a sensitive and sympathetic cleaning solution for your building, it is always best to develop a clear understanding of the building’s history and current condition. An initial investigation identifies both structural properties and aesthetic qualities of the stone. It also gives you the opportunity to decide what sort of potential finish you would like after the clean. If your building is historic, you might want the building to keep some of its aged charms.

At Building Transformation our team considers the stone type, pointing, staining, and any other important attributes that determine the current exterior envelope’s appearance. 

Choosing a sensitive cleaning solution

Stone carved faces on a building showing damage and age.

Delicately carved stone ornaments, distinctive tooling, and bonding patterns are the details that we most admire. However, these details also succumb to the effects of pollution and age as well as insensitive repairs, careless repointing, and inappropriate coatings. 

Our team reviews the deterioration mechanism at work and prepares an appropriate program for stone restoration that can preserve the building’s architectural and cultural features. The goal is to reach your vision while ensuring any stone cleaning solution leaves the integrity of the stone intact.

Why choose steam cleaning?

Steam cleaning being applied to a stone building.

Steam cleaning is quick and easy, providing powerful hot temperatures that clean the surface of the stone effortlessly. That is why we use sensitive, low-pressure stone cleaning to sensitively clean stone buildings.

While using steam, chemicals are not always needed. Every surface material, whether engineered or natural stone, has traces of minerals that are acid sensitive. It is therefore essential to know the cleaning process and the products that will best suit the restoration. We recommend steam cleaning because it is chemical-free.

However, certain chemicals work well for removing staining such as carbon, traffic film, effluence staining, leached salts, organic matter, pollution, and paint from your stone façade. Some can be applied and left to sit, followed by a steam clean. You should always test any chemicals before you apply them to a stone façade, to ensure they will provide the expected outcome and will not cause any damage.

The steam produced with an output temperature between 200-210 degrees. The combination of heat, speed, and pressure will kill allergens and prevent harmful bacteria spread. If a more abrasive clean is needed, you can investigate aggregate cleaning options. The system uses a mix of abrasive carried by a flow of compressed air where water is then added. It can help shift stubborn coatings and paint that might be causing damage or staining.

Summary 

To maintain your building asset for the future you should select a chemical-free cleaning solution that will not only protect your stone building, also easy to use. Steam cleaning has proved to be the most sensitive and sympathetic cleaning solution for stone cleaning and restoration.

Reach out to our specialists with vast knowledge and experience in stone cleaning and restoration. You will acquire the best results.



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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

have worked with Building Transformation on several projects within the hospitality industry and have found
them to provide high levels of professionalism and workmanship.

Stephanie LE COUTEUR - ARTELIA UK

e 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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