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DJ Cooper Building Conservation in & around Kington, Herefordshire

Nestling in the north west corner of Herefordshire, Kington borders on Powys in Wales and is a great centre for walkers, being on the conjunction of five major walking routes, including Offa's Dyke, The Arrow Valley Trail and the Wyche Way.

Within the town, the narrow streets and higgledy-piggledy areas show how the area has grown and evolved for centuries. Many of the buildings date back to the 16th century and beyond. All are still in daily use and the town is a living, thriving display of how history breathes through the buildings and streets of such a town.

As a piece of sporting trivia, Kington Golf Club is Englandís highest 18-hole course, playable 12 months of the year.

Standing high and overlooking the town is the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin. Parts of the building are Norman, notably the originally detached tower and the font. The fine stained glass windows as well as the superb alabaster tomb of Sir Thomas Vaughan and his wife have all been superbly maintained over the many years of this remarkable building.

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 Kington 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 Kington or Herefordshire, 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.

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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
  • Paint
  • Bird droppings
  • Air pollution residues
  • Organic matter (slime and moss)
  • Grease
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