Bricks may seem like an indestructible building material, but improperly cleaning them can leave lasting damage. With the right approach to care, that seemingly eternal structure could be protected, all because of a few wrong steps during upkeep!
Brick may seem durable and strong, but beneath the surface, it’s quite porous – meaning that water can still be absorbed despite its resilience to harsh weather conditions. This is why proper care must be taken when cleaning brick surfaces; etching or removing any facing material will make them more vulnerable to deterioration due to moisture erosion.
The best way to maintain the strength and longevity of a house’s brick siding is by applying sealant upon construction and then reapplying periodically over time. Unfortunately, many cleaning methods may unintentionally cause damage – making it essential that homeowners know how vital sealant can be for preserving bricks and all possible sources of harm.
Ensure brickwork remains pristine by avoiding hiring a contractor who might utilise damaging cleaning methods that could compromise the integrity of your bricks.
Don’t use muriatic acid.
While muriatic acid may be tempting to use on difficult-to-clean brickwork, it should not be considered an option. Its reactive nature can have a damaging effect – eating the outer surface of the bricks and deteriorating cement-based mortar joints between them. It’s best to leave this powerful substance alone.
To protect your brickwork and mortar from long-term damage, exercise caution when using it. If neglected over time, the surface of these materials can become ‘pitted’, which gives water greater access to its inner layers – rapidly leading to structural deterioration known as delamination.
Don’t use powerful tools.
With the ever-present worry of unsightly stains, it is understandable to want them gone from your brickwork. However, as tempting as powered tools and wired brushes are for a deep cleanse – such harsh methods should be avoided at all costs! These can result in accelerated deterioration and erosion, robbing your bricks of strength like any other surface.
With the ever-present worry of unsightly stains, it is understandable to want them gone from your brickwork. However, as tempting as powered tools and wired brushes are for a deep cleanse – such harsh methods should be avoided at all costs! These can result in accelerated deterioration and erosion, robbing your bricks’ of strength like any other surface.
Avoid pressure washing
High-pressure washing can be a time-efficient way to tackle tough stains; however, it’s important to remember the potential consequences of using too much power. Damage such as accelerated erosion and pitting could occur on older brick homes if not applied with care – so consider your options before making any decisions about cleaning solutions.
Brick Cleaning Tips
To keep your brick looking its best, here are a few easy steps to follow:
- Give it an occasional wash with mild soap and water.
- Gently scrub away stubborn dirt or stains using a brush or steel wool.
- Rinse the area thoroughly afterwards.
Additionally, if you want an even deeper cleanse, use mineral spirits in certain areas for desired results!
Soft washing is the way for those looking to protect their delicate brickwork. You can keep your buildings safe without risking any damage by using low-pressure water settings from 100-500 psi combined with a mild cleaning solution.
Everyday cleaning tasks around the home can be easily achieved with a simple rinse, using either your garden hose or sugar soap solution and brush.
Taking the extra time for safe cleaning can protect you from costly damage in the long run. Investing in an additional few minutes of preparation will provide a secure environment and minimise your risk of brick deterioration.
We offer comprehensive brick solutions to make your home look as good as new! We can do everything from minor mortar repairs and replacements to repointing and tuckpointing for a complete facelift.