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Taking Care of Your New Masonry Structure

masonry careWhen you have your new masonry structure built, you want to make sure that it lasts for a long time. After all, you’re probably going to be spending a good deal of money on it and you’ll want it to be worth every penny. The best way to enjoy your structure for all its worth is to make sure that you take good care of it and keep up with the maintenance. There are a few things that you should make sure to do once your new masonry structure is completed. The following lists of “do’s” and “don’ts” will help you keep your masonry structure standing and beautiful for years to come!

The “Do’s” of Caring for New Masonry

  • Do make a point to use the right cleaner. You need to use cleaners that are both effective and safe. Don’t use anything too harsh and steer clear of a sand blaster, as you could end up doing a lot of harm to your new masonry structure. The right cleaners will not only preserve the look of your masonry, but can also improve it.
  • Do rinse before and after. Rinsing is an important step in cleaning. You want to make sure that you rinse your surface thoroughly with plain water before you begin washing the surface, as well as after. It’ll help protect the structure and will keep the cleaning products from eating away at it over time.
  • Do ask for help if you need it. You should never be afraid to call in the professionals if you’re worried that you’re either doing harm to your masonry or you’re not getting it as clean as you’d like. Professionals specialize in fields for a reason – to help and give advice.

The “Don’ts” of Caring for New Masonry

  • Don’t clean in cold weather. An exception can be made for this rule if you have taken the right precautions and know how to properly clean for cold weather. It requires an entirely different set of skills and rules of its own. Be careful if you decide to clean during late fall or early winter.
  • Don’t use harsh chemicals. Yes, we know we covered this one above when we said to use safe cleaners, but the importance can’t be overstated. An improper cleaning can cause discoloration and deterioration. If you like the way that your new masonry looks, make sure that you are either cleaning it properly or having a professional do it for you.
  • Don’t clean before the mortar cures. It’s standard to wait about a month after your new masonry structure has gone in to clean it. This gives the mortar time to set and the structure time to settle in. You can cause joint damage if you clean too early, especially if you’re using a pressure washer that’s set too high.

Professional Masonry Maintenance and Construction

To find out more about your masonry options and taking care of new masonry, please contact our office today at 410-683-0650 or email us at mike@delpretemasonry.com. We serve Baltimore City, County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County. Keep up with our blog for masonry related information, and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

Source: Lee Brick & Block

 

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