Stone Cleaning

Stone façade cleaning from the ground

up to 8 floors with no scaffolding.

Our innovations in cleaning equipment

designed and 3D printed in house

make this possible.

The Reputation of Your Business Lies Behind the Face of Your Building.

We believe there is a huge importance to maintain the external façade of a building. We can restore almost any stonework including Cornices, Window Cills, Key Stones, Window Surrounds, Ashlar Blocks, Arches, Quoins, Copings & Pier Caps, Corbels, Porticos, Columns, Date stone / Plaques, Balustrades).

Spectrum is experienced in cleaning many different types of stone including varieties of sandstone, limestone, slate, granite, marble and flint. We are fast to respond and provide impressive results time and time again. Check out our case studies for further information.

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Why Use Us For Stone Cleaning?

Knowledge
And Expertise

We can restore your building to its former glory. Our extensive range of cleaning methods can be used both on Historic Buildings as well as modern stone or concrete-clad buildings.

No Limits
To Access

We cover a full spectrum of access ranging from rope access, BMU and cherry pickers, to our own in-house painted modular pole systems. We can access the most complex buildings in a smart and cost-effective way.

Communication
Is Key

We understand the importance of communication. After each project, you will receive images (and videos is required) as well as a full report containing any further information might need regarding your site.

What is Stone Cleaning?

Here at Spectrum, we are experts in specialist stone cleaning and maintenance. That’s because we know that the reputation of your business lies behind the face of your building. If your façade is made of stone, over time it can become dirty and tired-looking. Which means it won’t be creating the ideal first impression.

Unlike some other building exteriors, you can’t just give stonework a fresh lick of paint. Just like render, stone needs to be cleaned using specialist equipment. That’s just one of the many services we offer here at Spectrum.

We can restore almost any stonework including cornices, windowsills, keystones, window surrounds, ashlar blocks, arches, quoins, copings and pier caps, corbels, porticos, columns, date stones and plaques, as well as balustrades.

Why Stone Cleaning is Effective

Keeping a building clean is critical for its well-being, especially in the UK where the weather can be harsh and unforgiving for long periods of the year. If the exterior of your building is partially or wholly made of stone, as is common with many older structures (and many new ones), this can lead to problems.

For example, dirt and moss can gather on the surface, which can cause unsightly blemishes as well as providing shelter for animals and other plants to take root. This can then cause further long-term damage. Water ingress can also be a serious consideration for stone buildings.

Stone cleaning is the process of cleaning these stones to ensure that they are in the best possible condition and looking their best. Often this involves using specialist cleaning equipment as well as gaining access to potentially dangerous parts of the building.

Often, the decision to clean is made on a town or street basis, but it may be up to the individual owner to carry out the cleaning.

The Difficulty of Stone Cleaning and Restoration

There is often a lack of consideration given to the range of natural materials being dealt with when cleaning stone. Some of the stone used for building has a susceptibility to deteriorate, either due to lack of cleaning or even during the cleaning process.

In addition, materials such as sandstone, limestone, granite, brick and terracotta are often joined by lime mortar. The interaction of these materials is key to the overall appearance of the building. Decay may also require that repairs are made before any cleaning can be carried out, or it may further complicate the issue.

Another key difficulty is deciding where to stop, as overcleaning can cause damage or cause the building to stand out too much. Cleaned stones may also require some form of treatment to prevent premature damage once exposed.

Three types of stone cleaning and masonry methods are generally used. These are physical, chemical and special techniques (which can involve ultrasonic equipment, heat lances and surfactants).

Why use Us for Stone Cleaning?

Knowledge and Expertise

We can help you to restore your building to its former glory. Our extensive range of exterior stone cleaning methods can be used both on historic buildings as well as modern stone or concrete-clad buildings. In short, if it’s stone, we can clean it.

No Limits to Access

We offer a full range of access options ranging from rope access, BMU and cherry pickers, to our own in-house patented modular pole systems. We can access the most complex buildings in a smart way, helping to keep your costs down in the process.

Communication is Key

We understand the importance of communication in everything we do. After each project, you will receive images (we can also take videos if you would prefer) of the finished surfaces. We will deliver a full report containing any further information you might need regarding your building.

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What Can Stone Cleaning Be Used For?

TORC
Stone Cleaning

The TORC system is a low-pressure vortex which uses a mixture of air, fine inert powder and relatively small quantities of water. It is particularly effective for the removal of carbon, dirt, scale, micro-organisms and all types of atmospheric pollution from brick, wood and stone.

DOFF (High-Pressure
Stone Steam Cleaning)

The DOFF system complements the JOS system and is the natural answer to the removal of surface coatings such as bitumen, oil, grease and other disfiguring materials. Here you can see brick cleaning underway. A unique combination of heat and pressure is used to cut through and remove unwanted matter without eroding the underlying surface.

Removing Lead
Paint From Stone

While lead paint is unlikely to do you any immediate harm, it can be dangerous if it is flaking or chipping. If you want to remove it, it’s best to use a professional service who know what they’re doing. We have experience with removing lead paint and can deal with the issue swiftly and safely.

Graffiti Removal
From Stone

Our state-of-the-art equipment tried and tested processes. In-depth understanding of exterior surface cleaning means we can deliver unsurpassed standards of cleaning, while mitigating the risk of damage to the surface material.

Paint Removal
From Stone

The main reason for paint removal is to restore a building to its original glory. A steam pressure washing system is used, if necessary, in conjunction with chemicals to strip off the specific layers in question to an exact level, returning the surface to its original face.

Our Accreditations

What Our Pioneering Stone Cleaning Solutions Customers' Say

Nick

Site Manager

Spectrum provided a top-class service from the outset, at tender stage, through to the completion of the contract. The works required the use of both BMUs and rope access. To this end they provided operatives with an excellent knowledge of their working practice and whom performed in a safe and professional manner with courtesy at all times.

James

Property Manager

Spectrum have high levels of customer service. Speed in dealing with urgent jobs. Skill in carrying out works thoroughly to high standards including finding safe ways to access difficult areas.

Martin

Facilities Manager

Spectrum are unique because of the range of services they provide. Their knowledge, how fast they respond to questions posed from residents and their can do attitude.

Alex

Facilities Manager

Spectrum used a ladder-less gutter cleaning system which was able to reach our gutters approximately 12m above the ground. The ladder-less gutter cleaning method meant we didn’t have to hire a cherry-picker or scaffolding, which would have been expensive and time-consuming to install and use. Spectrum staff were able to show us video recordings of the inside of the gutters during and after the clean, and also emailed the footage to us once the work was complete. Spectrum have been professional, polite and thorough in their work and I would highly recommend Spectrum for their gutter cleaning service.

Trusted By

Recent Completed Pioneering Stone Cleaning Solutions Projects

Rope Access Stone Repairs

+plus pointOur team of highly credible stone restorers were able to find the exact colour match for the stone by sending it to the lab.

What makes our Stone Cleaning Services so Effective?

We utilise a number of key stone cleaning systems to achieve the best results for any building. Our choice of method often depends on the materials used in construction and the type of finish the customer requires. These include:

1. TORC stone cleaning

The TORC system is a low-pressure vortex which uses a mixture of air, fine inert powder and relatively small quantities of water. It is particularly effective for the removal of carbon, dirt, scale, micro-organisms and all types of atmospheric pollution from brick, wood and stone.

2. DOFF high-pressure stone steam cleaning

The DOFF system complements the JOS system and is the natural answer to the removal of surface coatings such as bitumen, oil, grease and other disfiguring materials. A unique combination of heat and pressure is used to cut through and remove unwanted matter, without eroding the underlying surface.

3. Graffiti Removal from Stone.

Graffiti can be a real problem for stone exteriors. However, our state-of-the-art equipment and tried and tested processes, as well as our in-depth understanding of exterior surface cleaning, means we can deliver unsurpassed results. We achieve all of this while mitigating the risk of damage to the surface material.

4. Paint Removal from Stone

The main reason for paint removal is to restore a building to its original glory. A steam pressure washing system is used, if necessary, in conjunction with chemicals, to strip off the specific layers in question to an exact level, returning the surface to its original appearance.

5. Removing Lead Paint from Stone.

While lead paint is unlikely to do you any immediate harm, it can be dangerous if it is flaking or chipping off the surface over time. If you want to remove it, it’s best to use a professional service who can do so safely and without causing any unnecessary risk. Our experienced team can remove lead paint and can deal with the issue swiftly and safely.

If you would like any more information about our stone cleaning services, or any of our other cleaning or access services, then get in touch with a member of our team. Our London-based stone cleaning services are on hand to help you make the very best of your building. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Read Our Pioneering Stone Cleaning Solutions Blog

How to Clean a Listed Stone Building the Right Way

14th July 2020

What is DOFF cleaning?

10th March 2020

What is a Doff Cleaning Service?

14th January 2021

Step By Step Guide to Doff Cleaning

6th January 2021

What are the Benefits of Using a Doff System?

20th August 2020

The Ultimate Guide to Doff Cleaning

10th September 2020

How to Clean a Listed Stone Building the Right Way

14th July 2020

What is DOFF cleaning?

10th March 2020

What is a Doff Cleaning Service?

14th January 2021

Step By Step Guide to Doff Cleaning

6th January 2021

What are the Benefits of Using a Doff System?

20th August 2020

The Ultimate Guide to Doff Cleaning

10th September 2020

Can We Help With Your Pioneering Stone Cleaning Solutions Needs?

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020 3551 6206

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We Cover The WHOLE Of The UK!

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Spectrum is at West Kensington, London
2 DAYS AGO

Restoring wooden sash windows requires both expert knowledge on the design of wooden windows and access to extreme heights. 💪

Through the use of abseiling, our team of timber window repair specialists saves this client £60,000 in access costs!💰

To learn more about this Timber Care Repair service project, read our case study here: https://www.spectrumspecialistsupport.co.uk/case-studies/abseiling-sash-window-repairs-major-works-contract/

Spectrum is at Chelsea, London
2 DAYS AGO

For this week's most searched question, we are going to share which services are included in a major building works project! 🤓

Major building works projects are unique as they cover any service! These large projects are usually contracted every 3-5 years to completely refurbish the exterior of a property, which is why they include everything from timber window repairs to stonework repairs to cleaning render.👍

Visit our website to learn more about our Major Building Works service: 

Spectrum is at Richmond, London
2 DAYS AGO

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how many words do you think the face of your building is worth?🤔
Through our range of repair and redecorating services, we are helping commercial and residential property managers keep their building's fresh-faced!

Explore our range of professional exterior building maintenance services to see how we can turn the frown upside down on your building😊: https://www.spectrumspecialistsupport.co.uk/services/

Spectrum is at Canary Wharf, London
2 DAYS AGO

One of the most unique aspects of major building works projects is that they encompass a full range of services!
From render repairs to brick tinting, to stone repairs, we offer a full spectrum of building refurbishment services, just as our name indicates!😄

You explore our full offering of services on our website here: https://www.spectrumspecialistsupport.co.uk/services/

Spectrum is at A Location
1 WEEK AGO

Major works contracts are a specific type of commercial and residential property maintenance contract that involves major decoration refurbishments.📑

Learn about our speciality in meeting the specification of major building works contract through this case study: https://www.spectrumspecialistsupport.co.uk/case-studies/major-building-contract-major-building-works/

Spectrum is at Westbourne, London
2 WEEKS AGO

On this project, our highly specialist timber and stonework redecorators were able to transform the exterior elements of this property without the use of scaffolding, massively saving our client money and time!💪

By training specialist decorators to abseil instead of having abseilers try to repair timber windows and colour match stone, our team was able to meet the strict specifications of this major building works contract.🤩

Learn more about how we transformed this property through our Major Building Works service here: https://www.spectrumspecialistsupport.co.uk/case-studies/major-building-contract-major-building-works/

Spectrum is at Notting Hill, London
2 WEEKS AGO

Our Major Building Works service doesn't just focus on restoring the exterior of a property. We also focus on applying an array of highly specialists services to the different elements of your exterior.

For example, the products we apply in stone colour matching specially formulated for the stone of each property we work on!🎨

Learn more about our specialist services on our website: https://www.spectrumspecialistsupport.co.uk/services/

Spectrum is at Fulham, London
2 WEEKS AGO

For this week's most search question, we are going to answer "What is a major works contract?" 🔍

Major works contracts involves completely redecorating the exterior of both commercial and residential buildings. These JCT contracts are designed by surveyors for highly standardized property maintenance work that requires detailed knowledge on the standards and specifications of these contracts by any contractors selected to complete the project.

From stone to render to metal cladding, our team of trained specialists apply their expertise in restoring different substrates to offer a complete exterior cleaning service!

Click our bio to learn more about the property maintenance services we offer!😄

Spectrum is at Fulham, London
4 WEEKS AGO

For this week's most searched question, we are going to share what a major works contract involves! 🔍

Major works contract are a specific type of commercial and residence property maintenance contract that involves major decoration refurbishments. These JCT contracts are designed by surveyors for highly standardized property maintenance work that requires detailed knowledge on the standards and specifications of these contracts by any contractors selected to complete the project.

Through our Major Building Works service we are able to give your property a full facelift by transforming every element of its exterior to the highest specifications, including any timber or metal features!💪

Learn more about the services we offer on our website: https://www.spectrumspecialistsupport.co.uk/

Spectrum is at Mayfair, London
1 MONTH AGO

The exterior of the historic stone buildings throughout the UK offer character and a connection to our country's rich history, but they also offer a challenge when it comes to maintaining their integrity!

The age and delicacy of these buildings require specialist knowledge! Through the use of steam from a DOFF machine, our team has found steam as the most effective and gentle solution for preserving these grand buildings!😄

Learn more about our Doff Cleaning service on our website: https://www.spectrumspecialistsupport.co.uk/doff-cleaning-london-and-south-east/

Spectrum is at Elephant and Castle, London
1 MONTH AGO

For this week's most searched question, we are going to help you better understand Doff cleaning by explaining how a DOFF machine works.

The DOFF machine was designed by Stonehealth to remove algae, fungus, spores, etc from stone and brick buildings.

As a steam-based system, it exudes steam at temperatures so hot (up to 150°C!) that is can remove algae to spores to paint.🤗

Learn more about our Doff Cleaning Service on our website here: https://www.spectrumspecialistsupport.co.uk/doff-cleaning-london-and-south-east/

Spectrum is at Pimlico, London
1 MONTH AGO

"What's the best way to remove carbon stains?" you may ask? 🤔

Extremely heated steam from a DOFF machine! 💨

Carbon stains commonly occur as the a atmospheric carbon monoxide settles on the surface of substrates, eating away at the exterior of your property. Leave it to the power of 150 degree celsius steam to remove these stains and protect your property!

To learn more about how our Doff Cleaning service can remove carbon stains, visit our website through this link: https://www.spectrumspecialistsupport.co.uk/doff-cleaning-london-and-south-east/

Spectrum is at South Kensington, London
1 MONTH AGO

From algae to spores to carbon stains, we are able to remove a range of organic substances that makes a property look worn with our Doff Cleaning service!💨

But what type of properties can we use this steam system on?🤔

We can clean:

Stone 

Wooden Cladding

Metal Cladding

Brick

Render

And more!

Click the link in our bio to learn more about our Doff Cleaning service!

Spectrum is at Clapham Junction, London
1 MONTH AGO

Doff cleaning is an effective method for restoring and renovating property exteriors!

Through its steam nature, we have incorporated the use of a DOFF machine in a variety of other services, including our Render Cleaning and Cladding cleaning services.👍

To learn more about the range off services we are able to offer through Doff Cleaning, visit our website here: https://www.spectrumspecialistsupport.co.uk/doff-cleaning-london-and-south-east/

Spectrum is at Streatham
1 MONTH AGO

For this week's most searched question about property exterior maintenance, we wanted to share what exactly doff cleaning is.

Doff cleaning is steam based cleaning solution featuring a DOFF machine that allows contractors to remove years of stains and organic matter in a gently manner through extremely heated steam. It is the perfect cleaning solution for any delicate substrates that could be damaged from high pressure, including render and stone.🏛

To learn more about our doff cleaning service, visit our website: https://www.spectrumspecialistsupport.co.uk/doff-cleaning-london-and-south-east/

Spectrum is at Westminster, London
1 MONTH AGO

The new year is the perfect time to refresh your life and your surroundings, including your property!😌

But revamping the exterior of your property's facade does not have to mean completely changing it through the likes of paint! 

Through our Doff Cleaning Service, our team can gently strip away all of the stains and organic matter ruining the look of your property and restore it to the original aesthetic you fell in love with!

Learn more about our Doff Cleaning Service here: https://www.spectrumspecialistsupport.co.uk/doff-cleaning-london-and-south-east/

Spectrum is at Shoreditch, London
2 MONTHS AGO

Tis the season for a facade cleaning!

This holiday season, don't forget to give your property a little bit of holiday cheer!

Whether your property needs render repairs, a gutter cleaning, or drain maintenance, we have the expertise for you!😄

Discover our full range of services here: https://www.spectrumspecialistsupport.co.uk/services/

Spectrum is at Pimlico, London
2 MONTHS AGO

We are always trying to find new ways to deliver top quality facade maintenance services that incorporate the latest cleaning methodologies.

This is why our team recently attended a specialist course on stone repairs and glass scratch removal!

In this course they refined their skills on identifying the appropriate chemical composition to apply on different types of stone and the art of removing glass scratches.

Learn more about the variety of services our team of exterior cleaning specialists provide:
https://www.spectrumspecialistsupport.co.uk/

Spectrum is at Wembley, London
2 MONTHS AGO

Graffiti can have a serious impact on the aesthetics of a rendered property!

Using our experience in identifying substrates, you can count on us to effectively remove the graffiti without damaging your render!

Learn more about our Graffiti Removal Service here:
https://www.spectrumspecialistsupport.co.uk/graffiti-removal-london-south-east/

Spectrum is at Chelsea, London
2 MONTHS AGO

Along with specialising in cleaning the facade of stone properties, our team is also highly trained in preserving listed buildings!

By cleaning the facade of the Hyde Park Gardens site every 3 months, we are able to preserve the integrity of this property's stone.

We would encourage clients with similar properties to carry out facade cleaning on this type of schedule!

Read our blog here to learn more about our specially designed Stone Cleaning service for cleaning historic properties:
https://www.spectrumspecialistsupport.co.uk/case-studies/clean-your-listed-building-instead-of-painting-facade-cleaning/