We receive many calls from our clients about how they can best look after their treasured Haddonstone Home and Garden designs. In our latest blog, we answer five of the most popular questions that you have been asking our team.
Cast stone is an incredibly strong and durable material so it needs very little looking after, however, by using a few simple and inexpensive cleaning methods, you can ensure that your designs remain as attractive as the day you purchased them.
We always recommend testing the following cleaning methods on a small, inconspicuous area first before continuing to cleaning larger visible areas.
Judicious use of a not too abrasive brush applied using a soft, circular motion and with a mild, environmentally-friendly detergent should remove most stains without scratching your design, or for the need to use stronger proprietary chemicals and abrasive cleaners.
A power washer can be used on really tough, built-on grime, but always remember to use a very low-pressure setting and constantly move the nozzle from a distance to prevent damage.
Like water features, bird baths require some protection during the colder months and adding a tennis ball to your bird bath will prevent it from freezing in the same way that it will stop your garden fountain from doing so.
Our extensive range of garden planters features many different styles, sizes and colours, offering you a wide choice, whatever garden you may own. We are often asked which composts are best to use in our planters to prevent staining which can be difficult to clean.
Here are our tips for choosing the right compost for your Haddonstone design:
If you have had the opportunity to visit our Northamptonshire Show Gardens, you will have seen many Haddonstone designs displaying the beautiful signs of ageing and weathering. This naturally occurring effect transforms our cast stone designs into entirely unique pieces that can be treasured for a lifetime. What’s more, weathered and aged Haddonstone designs regularly achieve premium prices at auction.
Depending on where you position your design, over time, it will metamorphose with the elements and become enhanced with natural lichen, moss and a general weathering effect. Cast stone that is located in the shade will develop a quite different effect compared to if it is positioned in a sunny spot. What’s so enchanting about this evolution is that, in addition to their handmade origin, no two pieces of Haddonstone stonework are therefore ever the same!
Our handy Masonry Weathering Tint will add weathered character to your stonework. Suitable for use on all Haddonstone designs, this easy to apply, water-based liquid tint will achieve an impressive antique look in minutes.
Our cast stone designs are incredibly robust and the high-quality of our materials means that both our Home and Garden, and our Building and Construction products can easily withstand the elements including frost. However, fluctuating weather temperatures and conditions, more so in the summer months, can sometimes cause cast stone, just like natural carved stone, to be susceptible to slight cracking.
The appearance of hairline cracks and cracks is certainly not uncommon in stone designs, nor is it a new phenomenon, it has been happening for hundreds of years.
The good news is that in almost all cases, cracking is nearly always only aesthetic and is very rarely detrimental to the structural integrity of their designs. So, you can rest assured that your planters, statues and fountains will not fail or fall apart if they develop hairline cracks or cracks.
As a material, stone and cast stone products as a matter of course expand and contract with fluctuating weather temperatures and this can result in cracking occurring, particularly when periods of hot weather are followed by periods of heavy rainfall.
In instances where the cracks are not too pronounced, it is extremely likely that as future rain water falls & seeps into the crack that the crack will heal itself, a process known as autogenous healing.
“The movement of rainwater through the surface of the mortar joints which dissolves the free lime which is deposited in the micro crack as the water evaporates. The lime subsequently reacts with the carbon dioxide in the air and is converted to calcium carbonate, a cementitious reaction. In a short period of time the hairline crack/s are healed”.
Whether you’re working on a private residential or large commercial project, or if you are interested in home and garden products, our friendly and expert team are happy to discuss your requirements.