Masonry structures require attention and long-term care to keep their structural integrity and pleasing appearance. Harsh weather can damage the stone and brick walls if moisture control isn’t adequately performed. Moisture control in masonry buildings is an essential concern for pre-war buildings and older structures that have handled years of Maryland winters. (more…)
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After any new hardscaping project, you might notice that, in spite of cleaning the excess mortar, that there could be a chalky residue left behind. Fortunately, there is a simple remedy for this, which is an acid wash. By using an acid wash, your new masonry structure will be clean and look as fresh and new as it should. Here are some things you should know about acid washing.
How It Works
Acid washing cleans up the residue from a masonry project, such as a new installation or a repair job. By using a solution of acid, such as hydrochloric acid, that is diluted in water, the loose debris and thin film of mortar gets broken down so that it can be easily washed away. The reaction is usually mild and results in some bubbling, but in most cases, an acid wash eliminates the need for heavy scrubbing, which is why it is the preferred method of cleaning masonry.
DIY Acid Wash?
Although there are many acid wash products available at hardware stores for you to try yourself, there are a couple of reasons why it might not be a good idea to take on the project alone. First, most acid wash products require you to figure out the ratios for diluting the acid yourself. Even with instructions on the container, you might find that their recommendation is too weak or too strong for your project. Not to mention that handling acid can be very dangerous. Without the proper protective gear, you can get nasty chemical burns on your skin.
Hire a Professional
Lastly, acid washing can be a delicate process and if you leave the acid on too long or scrub it off too hard you run the risk of damaging your masonry structure. While acid washing can sometimes replace traditional cleanup or help make up for a sloppily installed masonry project, it won’t solve everything. It’s better to have an expert take care of your masonry maintenance so that you will have peace of mind that everything will turn out right.
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Adding a masonry structure to your home or business is certainly a high point for any construction process. Since it is a significant investment of time and money, it is good to know how to care for your masonry structure so that it can maintain its potential to last a lifetime. With these guidelines, you will know the steps to properly care for your new masonry structure.
When 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.
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