Vulcaseal used at Eaton Square, London

Vulcaseal V286 is now protecting the new Portland Stone entrance hall flags at Eaton Square.

History oozes from this magnificent and one of the largest residential garden squares in the heart of London’s Belgravia. Most properties are large four and five storey joined in a classical terrace style, built in the 19th century and form part of the Grosvenor Estate, as a consequence of King George IV making Buckingham Palace his main residence, and a need for appropriate residences near to the Kings Court.

Eaton Square is in close proximity of Hyde Park, Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Mayfair and therefore it is with no surprise that over 175 years Eaton Square has purportedly been the residence or in ownership of Prime Ministers (Neville Chamberlain and Stanley Baldwin); Actresses (Vivien Leigh of ‘Gone with the Wind fame’); Actors (appropriately enough two James Bonds in Sean Connery and Roger Moore) and in more contemporary times a billionaire Football Club owner (Roman Abramovich). During much of the Second World War the Belgium government in exile was located here.

Much of the external façades are stucco with some brick, but internally there is a considerable amount of traditional Portland Stone. Albion Stone had supplied the Portland stone flags used to refurbish the internal shared hallway of one of the residences, and Vulcaseal was approached to suggest an appropriate treatment to help protect the floor from soiling and making it easier to clean and maintain.

After due consideration by the architect, main contractor and respecting the needs of The Grosvenor Group, Vulcaseal V286 was proposed, accepted and used as the preferred protection product for the project. Water based, this surface impregnation treatment did not change the colour or appearance of the stone and was shown to be exceedingly resilient of any soiling, making the cleaning much easier, whilst still being breathable. Vulcaseal V286 was easy to apply with roller and any splashes were easy to wipe away and caused no damage to adjacent surfaces. Vulcaseal V286 has a VOC content of 0.00% and being totally inert the product gave no issues, and being surface dry within the hour allowed the treated surface of the main entrance foyer and stairway to be quickly returned to foot traffic.