The Complete Guide to Cleaning Your Brick Wall

The Complete Guide to Cleaning Your Brick Wall

Cleaning your brick walls is not always a simple task, as there are many varieties which may start to crumble if you use the wrong materials or methods. Harsh scrubbing of older walls might also create weak points in the joints, which may also cause decay over time.

With the right tools and attention to detail, any stained or dirty brick walls can be returned to their former glory. Visit your local home improvement or garden center to find the correct brick cleaning products for your wall. Opt for the ones which best match your wall type. Some products contain a high acid count, such as industry standard brick acid, which needs to be diluted with water. Using a strong solution can often change the look of a wall, so try and experiment first on a small area.

Another one of the more effective brick cleaning methods involves ammonia. All you have to do is mix a little bit of ammonia with water and apply to the brick surface. Make sure you are extra careful when handling it, as it is a chemical solution.

Be certain to consider the method you use in cleaning your brick wall. The method should depend on the constitution of the wall. If you apply the cleaner in the wrong way for the wrong brick type, you might drive the dirt deeper into the blocks and make the entire job harder to complete.

The best place to begin, no matter what your brick wall blocks are made of is with an ordinary garden hose with a sprayer attachment. You will need the kind that has a reservoir so you will be able to add a cleaner to the spray. Gently spray down the whole wall or the blocks you wish to clean. Soak the entire area so that when you go to clean out the dirt, there is no wicking action drawing moisture and dirt into the blocks.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate


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