Not only can dirt, grime or paint prove unsightly, over time it can also cause significant damage to the stone and brickwork of your historic structure.

Facade Cleaning

Restoring the natural beauty of your building

Thankfully, there are many ways of cleaning stone and brickwork, not only to improve the appearance of a structure, but also to maintain the integrity of its façade, avoiding further damage in the future.

We have an experienced cleaning team, trained in a range of techniques to guarantee the most appropriate and cost-effective service. We use both wet and dry abrasive and non-abrasive systems as well as a range of sympathetic chemical processes in order to achieve the desired result. Benefitting from the latest specialist equipment, we’re also able to clean historic steelwork and timber using the controlled pressure abrasive method.

Before our craftsmen set foot on site, each and every structure is thoroughly assessed by one of our directors; a time-served professional who’ll provide you with a competitive, no-obligation quote. Should you decide to instruct these works, we’ll work hand in hand both with both you and your stakeholders, adjusting our working hours and practices to suit the unique requirements of your project.

Using the wrong techniques when cleaning a building can lead to even greater damage. It's essential, therefore, that you select a contractor who'll take a safe, sympathetic and environmentally-friendly approach to façade cleaning.

Cleaning methods include

  • JOS / Torc System – Burleigh Stone are an approved contractor for this specialist, low pressure rotational vortex cleaning system. Our operatives have received the specialist training insisted upon by the system supplier to ensure that all equipment is used correctly with works being carried out in accordance with set guidelines
  • DOFF System – DOFF cleans stonework and masonry using high-temperature steam. Whilst the temperature in the system is high, the pressure on the surface being cleaned is very gentle and the volume of water is low. The surface is therefore not saturated and will be dry within minutes. The superheated water vapor will remove paint, moss, algae, fungi and other biological matter and will also kill off spores. This means there’s then no need to use a chemical biocide during the removal process or as a protection against further biological activity.
  • Poultice Cleaning – In certain circumstances (particularly with internal works), our poultice cleaning method can sometimes be the only appropriate method available without damaging the fabric of your structure. Ideal for cleaning badly-stained marble and granite., this process uses a variety of materials depending upon the surfaces to be cleaned and the extent of the staining.
  • Controlled Pressure Abrasive – Both dry and wet abrasive techniques are offered, our craftsmen using specialist equipment to carefully control the amount of abrasive and pressure required in order to avoid damage to the underlying surface.
  • Specialist Chemical – Our team use both hot and cold water systems, only using materials from the industry’s leading manufacturers.
  • Nebulous Water Spray – A gentle approach, ideal for more delicate surfaces such as limestone and some sandstones, nebulous water spray cleaning involves applying a fine mist water spray under regulated pressure to the masonry surface.

Paint and graffiti removal

Paint, specialist coatings and unsightly graffiti can be removed from most surfaces, our skilled operatives using a variety of approaches to restore your structures to their original condition. Once cleaned, we’re also able to apply anti-graffiti coatings to aid future removal in areas of recurring vandalism.

Be it stone, brick, terracotta, granite or marble, we offer a range of restorative techniques depending upon the type of paint and the surface to which it has been applied.

Where appropriate, all works can be carried out in accordance with guidelines set down by English Heritage, CADW and Local Authority Conservation Departments.


Have a project you’d like to discuss? Looking to discover more about our façade cleaning services? We’d love to hear from you. To speak to a member of our team, simply get in touch.

Why Burleigh Stone?

40 years' experience

We've been preserving, restoring and repairing historically significant structures throughout the North West for more than four decades.

Time-served craftsmen

Seasoned conservation specialists, every one of our team has spent years honing their craft, restoring the architectural history of the nation.

Tried and tested

Trusted to deliver on our promises, we've become the partner of choice for some of the UK's most prominent listed and historic building owners.

A family business

Family owned and managed, over the years we’ve developed a reputation, both for the quality of our work and our exceptional customer service.

I would personally recommend Burleigh Stone, particularly with regards to maintenance & repair works on listed or historical building stock. I have always found Charlie Cave to be helpful, knowledgeable and reliable.

A. Furey, University of Liverpool

Prompt friendly service. Always helpful and willing to carry out extra tasks to keep clients happy whenever possible. Responsive to queries or concerns. I will continue to recommend Burleigh Stone to clients and have never received any negative feedback.

Anthony Grimshaw Associates

I was extremely happy with work carried out on St. Margaret of Antioch. The gentlemen who came to do the work were polite and very helpful. They were punctual and explained exactly what and how they were going to complete the work. It was a pleasure to meet with them. To date we have had no further problems with the roof . We would definitely use your firm and staff in the future and be happy to recommend them to others.

Church Warden, St Margaret of Antioch

Excellent communication with onsite staff, who were helpful throughout the works and respectful to our Chapel. We are happy with the work carried out and the way it was organised.

D. Shallcross, Chowbent Chapel

After about 30 years (we think!) we’ve finally got the damaged sandstone corbels and lower mouldings around the domes replaced, making the roof railings safe again. Big shout out to the amazingly skilled masons from Burleigh Stone – Cheers!

Bidston Observatory, Wirral

Liverpool Medical institution is a Grade II* listed building and, like any building of age, it often presents us with a range of maintenance challenges. Burleigh Stone have helped us to resolve a number of challenges allowing us to preserve the presentation of our unique building. They have a wealth of experience of working on historical buildings, demonstrated by their understanding of construction design and materials, enabling them to provide us with reliable solutions in a cost effective manner.

K. Alsop, Liverpool Medical Institute

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