One of the most common materials used in the construction of homes is the faithful brick. Since the 1800s, bricks have been used in the property building process and they’re still a vital part of construction in the current day.
Brickwork can be a powerful part of your home’s aesthetic, so if they acquire imperfections or become damaged then it can affect how presentable your house is.
Therefore, if you want to make sure your property continues to look pristine then it’s important to know how to perform a little cosmetic restoration on your brickwork.
All you’ll need to complete the task of brick restoration is a bucket, water, a bristle brush, a new brick and dish soap, so here’s our 5 step guide on how to do it.
To begin, combine the water with dish soap in a bucket. Mix approximately two tablespoons of dish soap with one gallon of lukewarm water within the bucket and then stir it all together until the mixture starts to froth. Now grab a bristle brush and drop it into the mixture, allowing it to set until the bristle saturates.
Start to scrub the bricks you wish to clean using your bristle brush. Brush in only one direction, because if you don’t you could scratch the brickwork and cause excessive wear and tear. It’s important to be thorough enough to ensure you get rid of all the caked-on debris and particles. Make sure every brick gets covered in water, even if there isn’t any visible dirt.
Get your new brick (which needs to be roughly the same colour as the bricks you wish to restore) and let it soak in your bucket of soapy water for at least 30 minutes.
Gently rub your wet brick against the bricks you wish to restore. This process allows your brick to transfer its colour to any old bricks, which will help to restore their looks. Rub more firmly against scuffs and scratches to make the damage look less prominent. It’s a good idea to be constantly rotating the brick in order to get the best effect.
To complete the brick restoration process, you should hose down your walls to remove all evidence of soap, which can give the bricks a dingy finish if not properly cleaned.
Once that is completed, it’s important to let your brickwork dry out. From there you can determine whether your brick cleaning is completed. If not, then you can try rubbing the affected areas with the now dried brick as the colour should still transfer.
Now the repairs are done, what about paint?
Well, the thing is, that once you start painting brick, you are committed to repainting it ever year, unless you invest in a special brick wall coating, and more information about that can be found here!