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DJ Cooper Building Conservation in & around Bath, Somerset
Nestling in the rolling Somerset countryside, Bath offers a wide range of attractions for its millions of visitors each year. As Britain's oldest tourist destination, Bath can trace its history of leisure and pilgrim visitors over a thousand years. The springs were consdidered sacred to the Celtic goddess Sulis, long before the Romans got here and eauated Sulis to their own goddess, Minerva. Since then, the city has thrived on constant traffic of visitors, which in turn funded magnificent developments and buildings throughout the centuries, which in their own turn became attractions for yet more visitors. Sadly, Bath was quite heavily damaged during World War II, leading to the demolition of some of the fine terraces and cresents, leaving the way open to some ill-conceived modern developments through the 1960s and 1970s that became known as "The Sack of Bath".
With historic buildings in and around the town, some national monuments, some still in use, owned privately or by the local council, we often find ourselves called on in the Bath area to ensure that when the grime from traffic, bird fouling, general day to day soiling or even graffiti is removed from a treasured building, there is no damage to the often delicate stonework beneath.
From removal of old paint for a domestic redecoration project, or the intricate cleaning of stone work in a cathedral using the poultice method, you will find that wherever you are in Bath or Somerset, you will get a quick response, highly competitive quotation and thorough cleaning from DJ Cooper. Our number is shown above, or if you prefer to send us an email, simply click in the header of any page.
Photo from Featured Project near Bath, Somerset
Poultice Cleaning for intricate stone work
Poultice cleaning for the most precious and fragile pieces of stonework.
One of the most gentle techniques for removing the effects of time and pollution, bird fouling and other contamination from stonework is the process of poultice cleaning.
This is now very commonly used to maintain irreplaceable stone carving and mouldings, where the underlying material may be fragile with age and weathering. As its name implies, the process is similar to applying a poultice in medicine. A chemical mix is applied to the surface and allowed to cure. Then, when it has done its work, simply peeled off, lifting the dirt with it to leave a clean surface.
As in so many aspects of cleaning, there is a huge choice of poultice materials to choose from. The skill of making the right decision is as important as the art of applying the materials correctly and making sure that the only thing removed from your stonework is the contamination.
With a long experience in all types of exterior and interior stonework cleaning, including poultice techniques, you can be sure that you will get the best possible combination of cleaning efficiency and substrate preservation from D.J, Cooper.
Building Conservation, including Cleaning of: Services Provided in:
- Masonry, Brickwork & Concrete
- Wood (Beams & Patios)
- Ferrous Metal & Some Non-Ferrous Metals
- To remove:
- Graffiti - promptly and carefully
- Smoke damage
- Bird droppings
- Air pollution residues
- Organic matter (slime and moss)