DJ Cooper Building Conservation for Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Since 1989, customers have relied on DJ Cooper to clean a wide range of surfaces using a variety of methods.
This experience enables us to choose the most effective and gentle method needed to complete any given project cost effectively, with no damage to the substrate.
From churches and listed buildings through to bus stops and private houses, contaminants have been removed from surfaces, some of which were extremely delicate, with perfect results and no damage.
As a small firm, you know that when you contact us, you will be speaking directly to someone with broad knowledge of old buildings and many years of experience in the construction industry.
If you would like to see samples for architect / client approval, just let us know. Whether your organisation is large or small, we are used to working alongside your architects, conservation officers and contractors to get the best possible result.
Our specialists clean:
- Masonry, Brickwork & Concrete
- Wood (Beams & Patios)
- Ferrous Metal & Some Non-Ferrous Metals
- Graffiti - promptly and carefully
- Smoke damage
- Bird droppings
- Air pollution residues
- Organic matter (slime and moss)
Abrasive blasting, commonly referred to as 'Sandblasting', is the operation of forcibly propelling a stream of abrasive material against a surface under high pressure to smooth a rough surface, roughen a smooth surface, shape a surface, or remove surface contaminants.
Despite the common use of the term, it is illegal in the UK to use most forms of sand for abrasive blasting, as the fine dust particles which are created when the sand is projected at high speed, can cause silicosis – a potentially fatal lung disease.
With a wide choice of abrasive media available, the process can be fine tuned to suit the contamination to be removed and the surface from which it is to be cleaned. By choosing correctly and applying the process skilfully, excellent results can be achieved on a great variety of cleaning tasks.
There are several variants of the process, using various media; some are highly abrasive, whereas others are milder. The most abrasive are shot blasting (with metal shot) and sandblasting (with sand). Moderately abrasive variants include glass bead blasting (with glass beads) and plastic media blasting (PMB) with ground-up plastic stock or walnut shells and corncobs. Some of these substances can cause anaphylactic shock to both operators and passers by. A mild version is sodablasting (with baking soda). In addition, there are alternatives that are barely abrasive or nonabrasive, such as ice blasting and dry-ice blasting.
Perched dramatically above the River Wye, Ross is the southern gateway to Herefordshire, the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean and the dramatic Symonds Yat. Hailed as the birthplace of modern tourism, Ross-on-Wye was central to the 18th Century Reverend Gilpin spotting a great opportunity and then establishing The Picturesque Wye Tour., it's no surprise that Ross on Wye has long been a magnet for visitors.
There's much to see in and around the town, like the 17th Century Market House in the very centre of Ross. Like all the historic buildings in the area, it is used and still hosts twice weekly markets beneath its sandstone arches. There is a statue in honour of the 'Man of Ross', Sir John Kyrle, who was a 17th Century Philanthropist. Ross brought clean water and clean feet to Ross on Wye when he built a causeway from the river crossing to the town.
One of the oldest buildings in the area is Godric's Castle now known as the English Heritage site, Goodrich Castle. Finished in 1095 it stands on a wooded hill which would have afforded control over passage of the River Wye in the valley of Symonds Yat and beyond. These feudal lords knew a thing or two about making sure nobody moved without their say-so.
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 Ross-on-Wye 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 Ross-on-Wye 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.