One of the most common materials used in the construction of homes is the faithful brick.
Since Roman times, 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 and maintains that kerb appeal, then it’s important to know how to perform a little cosmetic restoration on your brickwork from time to time.
All you’ll need to complete the task of brick restoration is a bucket, water, a bristle brush, a new brick, and washing up liquid.
Here’s our 5 step guide on how to clean brickwork.
First-off, we used washing up liquid to do this and it works very well. You can buy specific brick cleaner at a DIY store, but for light use, this is just as good.
To begin, combine the water with washing up liquid in a bucket.
Mix approximately two tablespoons of washing up liquid 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 soapy water, 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 weather protection?
The thing with most brick houses is that over time the weather can erode the bricks, meaning the weatherproof surface of the face of each brick is degraded and can start letting water in.
Once this happens, and the water is soaked into the wall, cold weather comes along and freezes the water inside, expanding and thus cracking the bricks. If this is left to fester, it will get quickly worse and you could face a very expensive bill to replace bricks.
The best solution for protecting brick walls is not a DIY product, it’s a brick weatherproofing service that we provde in England and Wales. We use Wetherdry, a product made for us by Wetherby Stone of Yorkshire.
It totally restores and protects your bricks, and it comes with a 20 year guarantee.
Give us a call for more info on (0800) 970 4928