Bricks can be either sealed or unsealed; of course, unsealed bricks require more maintenance to keep up their appearance. Exterior bricks especially should be cleaned regularly. With winter approaching, exterior bricks easily build up salt, dirt, and grime. Make sure that your brickwork is looking its best with our cleaning tips.
Bucket and Brush Method
The bucket and brush method of cleaning is the most widely used and efficient means of cleaning brickwork. It does not require advanced equipment or skill, and it is easy and quick. Here are the steps required to clean your brickwork with this method:
- If your masonry is brand new, wait at least a week to give it its first cleaning. Use a scraping tool to rough away any hardened particles of mortar.
- Use a generous amount of water to saturate the brick wall. This will ensure that the wall does not develop any stains from cleaning, as dry bricks absorb dirt into their brick pores. Using a regular hose, and make sure all the bricks as well as the base of the masonry is drenched.
- Starting from the top, use a long-handled fiber brush to scrub cleaning solution onto the bricks. Sure Clean, Goldblatt Brick Bath, and Superior 800 series are all good choices for cleaning solutions. Be sure to ask your professional mason for their recommended ratios of solution to water.
- After scrubbing, allow the solution to sit and soak for three to six minutes. After soaking, wash off with the hose. Make sure that you’re washing only small parts of the brickwork at a time, rather than the entire wall or walkway. This will ensure that the bricks don’t dry and absorb stains that are impossible to remove.
- Tip: if your bricks are old and weathered, a better way to clean them is to simply use a duster or broom to sweep off dirt and grime. If you think your old bricks can withstand a tougher cleaning, start by testing a small corner first.
Keep Your Masonry Looking Good with Del Prete Masonry!
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