Sandstone is a naturally porous rock used in the construction of buildings across Scotland. And a properly maintained sandstone property does not require anything more than delicate softwashing or DOFF Cleaning.
However in the UK, some building maintenance contractors will suggest that you seal sandstone.
This may be suggested after a high pressure washer has been used (though you should never use a high pressure washer on sandstone).
What is sealing sandstone?
It is effectively painting or spraying the sandstone with a silicone based sealant. But this sealant does not allow the stone to breath naturally and upsets the natural balance of the stone’s capabilities.
If you maintain your property properly, fix leaking gutters quickly and make sure that cement pointing is never used then the naturally porous sandstone should breath properly and not need any form of sealant.
So how should sandstone be cleaned?
Through our sister company Balmore Contracting, we can provide stonework cleaning the right way. Using softwashing and DOFF steam cleaning to delicately clean the stonework of carbon and other air poolution as well as vegetation growth without damaging the stonework.
Find out more
If you would like to find out more about proper stonework maintenance and repair, speak to the experts.
Our stonework services cover:
- Brick work cleaning & repairs
- Sandstone cleaning & repairs
- Concrete cleaning & repairs
- Granite cleaning & repairs
- Lime Pointing
- Brick Pointing
- Building Extensions
- Emergency Building Repairs
Our Historic Restoration Craftsmen are highly skilled in numerous techniques of restoring and repairing all types of stonework across Glasgow and Edinburgh’s numerous historic stonework buildings.
We can guarantee that whether you request stonework repairs, stonework restoration or stonework cleaning, you will not be disappointed.
When faced with the need to have stonework repair or cleaning carried out, choose a reliable, experienced and qualified company when it comes to stone repairs and cleaning. Otherwise you risk your valuable stonework becoming more damaged by under qualified “cowboy builders” who cut corners and do not apply the correct techniques.
Choose an expert in historic restoration stonework repair and cleaning – choose Balmore.
Contact us for a free chat and some advice about your property and stonework repair or restoration.