Whether you’re looking for a professional stone clean to spruce up the look of your building, to help in the identification of structural issues such as missing pointing or cracks, or to remove damaging deposits such as lichen or algae, Ideal Cleaning have the knowledge, experience and equipment to carry out a thorough clean without causing immediate or long term damage.
As members of The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, we have helped with the restoration of some of the UK’s most precious architecture. Our senior managers have a wealth of experience, gained through the delivery of many varied stone cleaning and restoration projects.
Our customers range from private home owners through to commercial clients, as well as local authorities, parishes and heritage buildings. One-off or periodic brick and stone cleans can be scheduled with next-day attendance if necessary. For more information, simply contact a member of our support team today on 01622 632 914
Typically, our technicians encounter the following factors which contribute to the discolouration and neglected appearance of a building’s facade:
Pollution levels are increasing within towns and cities across the UK, resulting in residential and commercial buildings increasingly being exposed to pollutants that not only alter a building’s appearance, but can also damage the architecture of a building. Periodical brick and/or stone cleans, alongside the use of specialist sealants, not only restore a building’s appearance but also helps to maintain a building’s facade.
“Fantastic results on all external walls, very glad to have had the work done. I cannot recommend Ideal highly enough, very helpful and informative on all aspects of work carried out.”
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Because the DOFF System is a steam based cleaning method, there is no need to use a chemical biocide during the course of the treatment. This makes the DOFF System environmentally friendly and well suited for use on heritage buildings.
Having the ability to increase the temperature of the steam, means that the DOFF System can make short work of removing different types of paint and biological matter such as algae and moss. The temperature at the nozzle end of the DOFF System can reach up to 150°C. When removing paint, we apply our specialist, water-based, paint softener 24 hours before the start of the cleaning programme. We are able to remove most indoor and outdoor paints and lacquers.
The DOFF System is incredibly versatile and can be used to safely clean a multitude of masonry types, including natural stone and bricks. Using high temperature steam and applying low pressure to the surface being cleaned, means that the surface will be dry in a matter of minutes, avoiding saturation of the brick or stone.
The DOFF system can be used to remove:
Created and supplied by Stonehealth, Ideal Cleaning use the TORC System for more challenging building facade cleans. The TORC system generates a gentle swirling vortex using a mixture of low air pressure, water and a safe fine granulate.
The TORC system is extremely efficient and versatile due to the TORC Head being interchangeable. This allows our technicians to adapt the TORC system based on the environment that they’re cleaning i.e. a larger cone can be attached and used to clean large areas such as Ashlar.
Ideal Cleaning’s customers can be safe in the knowledge that the systems used by our technicians are environmentally friendly. Customers can also benefit from the sealants that Ideal Cleaning stock, to assist in providing protection from future atmospheric pollutants.
The TORC system is used to remove:
Paint and lacquer coatings
Most types of graffiti
Bird or vermin fouling
Carbon films and sulphates
Lime & cement-based paints
Our Technicians regularly attend health and safety training courses to ensure their own safety and competence in using raised platforms when working at height. Ideal Cleaning is also a member of CHAS - the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme.
Ideal Cleaning is fully accredited by Stonehealth for both the DOFF and TORC systems, giving complete peace of mind to our customers and clients. Ideal Cleaning is also a member of the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF).
Our Stonehealth accredited cleaning service is perfect for buildings that require a gentle touch in order to restore it to its original form. Our service is useful for Identifying issues that may be occurring within a building's structure such as missing pointing or cracks, to improve appearance or to remove damaging deposits such as lichen or algae.
To achieve effective, non-damaging results, we make use of our industry leading DOFF and TORC systems. The DOFF uses low pressure, high temperature steam to remove tough, ingrained dirt while the TORC uses small amounts of water and inert granulate to remove the unwanted substance from the building surface. The minimal amount of water used for both methods helps avoid staining, water run-off staining and saturation of the material which can lead to further issues.
A site survey may be required on larger projects. We use our time with you on a site survey to understand your reasons for wanting to carry out the treatment. We will also use a site survey to get an idea of the scale and the challenges that may be involved in order to ensure that we use the technique and equipment that is most pertinent to the service you require. Some smaller jobs can be quoted over the phone.
Yes. Whether inside or outdoors, we are able to remove most types of paints and lacquers from stone and brick surfaces. To soften the paint, we will need to apply our water-based paint softener 24 hours before the cleaning commences. It is a non-toxic substance that can be neutralised with water.
Yes. We often use our DOFF systems indoors. You should note that due to the steam created, it will result in additional cleanup works that will need to be undertaken after the original work is completed. We are also able to use our spray-on latex film which is ideal for cleaning indoors, removing dirt from intricate architectural details with minimal fuss.
Our DOFF systems use superheated water to target the treatment area with low pressure steam. They will remove moss, algae, fungi and other biological matter, killing off spores at the same time. It uses high temperature steam and low pressured water, leaving the substrate unharmed.
To ensure that the surface that we’re working on isn't damaged, we will inspect what it is we are due to clean prior to any works commencing, and then at regular intervals during the cleaning programme. This means that we can select the right piece of equipment to ensure that your subrate will not be damaged and allows us to adjust treatment temperatures, methods or pressures to suit.
As with any restorative and cleaning works, there are standard health and safety procedures that we follow. Electrical outlets will need to be sealed as our two main processes utilise water. We will ensure that the site is safe before we start work.. Appropriate PPE is worn by our technicians and they carry the relevant CSCS, CHAS and IPAF accreditations and training.
For safety and quality reasons, we do not hire out our DOFF and TORC systems. Our technicians are Stonehealth accredited, meaning they are fully trained to handle the equipment and to achieve the best results on your project. Inexperienced cleaning can cause both immediate and long-term damage to the brick or stone surface.
Whilst every job is different and faces its own unique challenges, we are able to offer our stone and brick cleaning services from as little as £695. The cost will depend on several factors: the size of the area that needs treating, the type of stone or brick, and the ease of access to treatment areas.
We offer our services for both commercial and residential buildings. We also work with local authorities, parishes and heritage buildings, providing one-off or periodic brick and stone cleans.