Advice for High Pressure Brick Cleaning
Power washing patios or walkways can transform concrete and brick into a new look. These tips will help you make the job easier.
Bricks can build up cobwebs, dirt grout and other grime over time. The weather and wear and tear can also play a role in the seasons. Mold, mildew and moss can quickly grow on bricks if there isn’t much sun.
Brick is porous and therefore not waterproof. Brick absorbs water much more if it has been stripped of its facing material. Brick that is damaged will begin to decay years sooner than if it was kept in good condition.
Sealant was applied to brick siding and patios when your home was constructed. Sealant can be damaged by some cleaning methods, even if it is intact. Bricks are more susceptible to damage if the sealant isn’t reapplied every two years.
To safely clean brickwork, you can use a mixture of cleaning products and moderate pressure. High-pressure washing can damage bricks and mortar. Sometimes, inexperienced contractors may still use high pressure washers on brick or mortar. Before they realize it, permanent damage can be done to your home’s exterior. You can safely and effectively clean brick using the right cleaning products, along with low water pressure.
How to Clean Bricks
Soak your home thoroughly. This step is important before you apply any detergents. It will prepare the brick for cleaning. Soak your home in water. This step is important before you apply any detergents. It will prepare the brick for cleaning.
Use a detergent that is specifically designed to clean bricks and exterior siding. The wrong detergent could cause dirt to stick in your mortar. Spray the detergent on the brick from the bottom.
Allow the detergent to penetrate the brick for between 5-10 minutes. Brick cleaning is as easy as applying less pressure and using more detergent. Bricks and mortar have porous surfaces, so detergent and water will absorb a little. It is important to give it enough detergent and water to cover any dirt that may get in.
A rotary scrubbrush is recommended for bricks that are extremely stained or dirty. This method is less harsh than high-pressure water. This will help to work detergent into bricks and remove stubborn stains.
Grease, tree sap, and grass stains around your mow foundation are all difficult to get rid of. These stuck-on messes can be broken up with a brick and mortar detergent.
After the detergent has had time to sit and work its way into the brick, you can switch to a delicate spraying pattern. You should use delicate patterns as too much pressure could cause brick damage.
Spray the brick from the top to the bottom, unlike before. Slowly move the pressure washer, but don’t stop. Do not hold the pressure washer in one place. To evenly remove dirt, move the pressure washer in a circular motion.
After the brick has dried, apply a mortar and brick sealant. This will keep your bricks cleaner for longer. This is similar to putting the wax and seal coating on your car after it has been washed. It protects it and keeps it looking better for longer.
Sealant helps prevent acids, oils and greases from reaching the surface. The sealant leaves brick and mortar looking like it has never been applied. However, when liquids such as water or oil get on the surface, they will bead up and run away.
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