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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
Torc Cleaning of Stone Capitals - The Result

This sequence of three images shows these weathered stone capitals before (showing carbon tarnish), during Torc cleaning, and after Torc cleaning.

They arrived in fairly poor condition, being heavily tarnished with carbon from airborne pollution over many years. The surfaces were also fairly fragile, so any aggressive cleaning techniques were out of the question.

The Torc system was chosen for this job as it cleans thoroughly yet gently, using a combination of air pressure, a little water and some granulate abrasives. The key to success is in choosing the right abrasive medium for the type of stone in question, from the options of calcite, dolomite and util.

As shown in the final (after image) the carbon has been effectively removed while retaining the patina of the stone.

If you face similar cleaning challenges and need to preserve the material to be cleaned, give our specialist team a call, or click in the header of any page to send us an email. We will be happy to quote for any or all of your building conservation needs.
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
  • Paint
  • Bird droppings
  • Air pollution residues
  • Organic matter (slime and moss)
  • Grease
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