Staunton, "the place of the stones", was the ancient name given by the Anglo-Saxons. The village has stones of ancient origins and of mysterious forms, these are the Buck, Toad, Broad, Long and Queen Stone, all of which have origins dating back to the Bronze and Iron Ages. The Buckstone lies in Highmeadow Woods near the village. The huge rock on the summit of Buckstone Hill is said to have been used in Druid ceremonies, and actually used to rock before it was dislodged in 1885. This point is at 915 feet and one can view panoramic scenery such as views over the Forest of dean, Highmeadow Woods and the Black Mountains. The woods around Staunton are not actually part of the Royal Forest but are part of the Manor of Staunton.<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 Staunton 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 Staunton or Gloucestershire, 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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.