Aquaclean is experienced in cleaning Grade l and ll listed buildings. Cleaning windows and clearing gutters on buildings that are often hundreds of years old creates unique challenges and requires sensitive solutions.
When asked to attend to a listed building we know to bring specialist equipment in and ensure that we do not affect the window, lead or wood frames as well as the surrounding masonry which is likely to be very old. This means that cleaning particularly dirty windows on a listed house does not mean using firmer brushes and more pressure – which is likely to cause damage – but rather taking more time and care. Cleaning these buildings should never be rushed.
Some of the guttering on listed buildings can be very old too. We come across aged lead guttering too so we need to use methods that place the least possible pressure on the gutter and its supports. We use a special gutter vac which gently, but effectively, removes moss, leaves, and debris from the gutters, ensuring there is no damage caused and leaving a lasting effect.
When cleaning listed buildings we need to go further and act with real sensitivity. The right materials and tools need to be used to avoid staining or unnecessary stress to the construction. Also, when using special access equipment, we take great care to protect the building to avoid placing any kind of load on architectural features.
Taking great care is not just about when we clean the building itself. Many of these listed buildings are situated on carefully maintained grounds which are expensive to maintain and are also often open to the public. We, therefore, ensure our work is sympathetic to the grounds, staff, and members of the public. When faced with the challenge of high-rise windows above flowerbeds or delicate constructions beneath we ensure our access equipment is safe by adhering to strict Health and Safety laws.
As these listed buildings may often be open to the public, we work discreetly but visibly so that any hazards presented by the work are visible to all. At Aquaclean we strive to give the most professional impression which will benefit our clients and impresses them that they look after their visitors and the building equally.