Bricks used in surfaces around our homes are strong, sturdy, and durable. They have stood the test of time and can keep the wolves out as the story goes, but one thing people forget about these exterior bricked protection, is they still need to be cleaned like anything else. Not only does cleaned bricks look good aesthetically, but it will even support longevity. Mold can breed on brick under weather and climate circumstances. Mud, grit, bacteria, and other such filth can build on brick, and despite it’s stronghold, if it goes unattended, the brick can begin to deteriorate, leading to costly repairing and replacing.
Big Moose Pressure Cleaning would like to offer some tips and advice on cleaning the bricks surfacing your homes or walls, or other property structures.
Before beginning treatment, assess the types of stains you are dealing with. Mold, algae, mildew and dirt require a different cleaning method then do rust stains, cement or mortar residue.
Mold, Mildew & Algae Stain Removal
– In a large bucket, mix equal parts of chlorine bleach and water.
– Sponge on the solution to the surface area, allowing a more generous spread on the infected areas and allow the mixture to set in, but not long enough for it to dry out.
– Rinse a test section away with a hose to see if it has had the desired result.
– If stubborn stains persist, apply concentrated bleach onto the areas, and use an acid brush on a broom handle, and scrub in circular patterns.
– Rinse the stain thoroughly, hindering any bleach from drying into to the bricks.
Removing Rust, Cement & Mortar Stains
– Obtain an acid based masonry detergent. Observe the label, including the warning segment, and ensure it is safe for the brick wall.
– Prepare the detergent using manufacturer’s directions.
– Pre-wet the intended brick area in need of cleaning.
– Using and acid scrubbing brush, soak on the detergent where it is needed. Immediately scrub the surface layer, re-apply the stains and allow set in 5-10 minutes. Do not let the solution dry out.
– Rinse the remaining detergent and stains away with garden hose.
Additional Brick Surface Cleaning Tips
Rinsing all detergent from brick surfaces is extremely important. Rinse and re-rinse and rinse again to assure the area is well removed of all chemicals. Invest in sealing your bricks to prevent future mold or other staining. Cleaning the old fashioned way can be time consuming and a back crippling task. Instead of taking on this job yourself, hire a professional. Big Moose Pressure Cleaning can clean your exterior bricked surface using high pressure cleaning techniques to get them dazzling like new again. Using state of the art equipment with proper settings, and properly formulated detergents for a professional cleaning.