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DJ Cooper Building Conservation for 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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />As a piece of sporting trivia, Kington Golf Club is Englandís highest 18-hole course, playable 12 months of the year.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.

Photo from Featured Project near Kington, Herefordshire
Torc Cleaning of Stone Capitals - Cleaning in Progress

This sequence of three images shows these weathered stone capitals before (showing carbon tarnish), during Torc cleaning, and after Torc cleaning.<br /><br />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. <br /><br />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. <br /><br />As shown in the final (after image) the carbon has been effectively removed while retaining the patina of the stone.<br /><br />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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