How To Maintain A Historic Property

Friday 22nd April 2022

Alice Redshaw

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According to Historic England, there are approximately 400,000 listed buildings nationwide. This reiterates the depth of England's architectural history and gives you an idea of how much work is needed to maintain these premises.

For a bit of inspiration if you're interested in historic buildings, take a look at this guide provided by Visit England.

As a professional cleaning company, we provide a wide variety of brick cleaning solutions suitable for historic homes. Our dedicated customer service team are available around the clock to help you, as we operate 24/7.

Let's now explore some of the ways you can maintain your historic property and make the most of it.

Create a schedule

Writing a plan for all the jobs that need doing for the property and when is effective when managing older houses.

The list of upkeep required is often long and can seem never-ending, but a detailed plan and schedule can help you feel less stressed about what you want to achieve.

Blocking out work in manageable chunks will also help to make the workload less stressful, and you should prioritise the jobs that are the most urgent. Having an organised system in place will benefit your home and allow you to enjoy the building and its beauty.

Be diligent with record keeping

Whatever work you have completed on your home, it is vital that you keep all records of it. This will give future professionals an idea of work already done on the property, as well as allow you to keep tabs on what has been carried out.

Additionally, taking photographs of all work completed can come in handy when assessing the state of the building. The files you keep should also be systematised well.

Keeping receipts for jobs performed is advised, such as brick cleaning services or gutter cleaning. Just ask the professionals who take on this work to provide you with this.

Be consistent with repairs

It is a good idea to stick to a regular schedule when it comes to regular repairs needed on the home. This could include:

  • Gutter cleaning
  • Brick cleaning
  • Pointing
  • Window cleaning

This will help you save money in the long-term, as you won't need to pay for more significant costly repairs that could have been avoided if the property had been well-maintained.

When getting work done, ensure that you go with a trusted contractor. Once you find a good business or person to do the work for you, then they may be able to do the same work again in the future.

As historic properties are often difficult to look after, it is important that the contractors who work on the house have the correct skills and qualification to perform the job well but safely.

Deal with mould efficiently

In older buildings, you may often find damp and mould. This will need to be dealt with promptly to stop the mores from spreading throughout the rest of the property. 

Mould can cause different health issues, ranging from nausea to lung damage. Those with pre-existing health conditions such as asthma, or weakened immune systems, should be particularly careful to avoid mould growth. Children and elderly people are also vulnerable to the effects of mould.

At ICE Cleaning, we are mould remediation specialists. We use industry-grade equipment to treat mould, and can send samples of the spores to the lab to identify the source of the issue.

We can create a plan that is suited to your specific needs, using our skills and qualifications to complete the work to a high standard.

Treat the property with respect

Preserving historic buildings and premises is treated very seriously by the UK Parliament, with different organisations used to safeguard them. Take a look at this article by Parliament for more information.

Pay attention to the particular style and era of your property when making any changes or carrying out repairs. It is important that you keep in line with the original architecture of the site, so it may be good to hire in professionals to help you here.

Many people who decide to embark on purchasing a historic property are thrilled at all the fixtures and details of the home. Learning how to enhance the parts of your home carefully and with the feel of the property in mind will increase your enjoyment of living there.

An interior designer or an architect can help you with the finer details of this. It may be an idea to find a professional who specialises in the time period the property was built in, as they could offer useful tips.

Also, be sure to do lots of research and become well-versed in the type of home you have bought. This will generate lots of ideas for restoration work for the home and make it feel like yours.

Brick cleaning specialists

Here at ICE Cleaning, we are brick cleaning specialists. Due to the amount of maintenance that is required for the upkeep of a historic property and the biological growth that often settles on its surfaces, it is a good idea to have regular brick cleaning carried out.

Our brick cleaning solutions are non-abrasive and non-toxic, meaning they cause no further damage to your home. We also leave no residue behind following the clean, so that you can return to the property knowing it is in a safe and clean condition.

It's not only brick cleaning we provide, however. We also offer services such as stone cleaning and dry ice blasting, both of which will help eradicate dirt and grime that have built up on the facades of your property. 

Contact us today

Book your brick cleaning services with us today on 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk. A member of our friendly support team will be able to assist you with whatever you need.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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