How to Clean Bricks


How to Clean Bricks

Whether you have exterior or interior bricks, they can make your household or office building feel warmer than ever. They are more common in homes, and many people use them for vintage and rural aesthetics. The only problem with it is that bricks can get dirty after a time. 

Not many people know about brick cleaning and how often they should do it, which leads them to let the issue worsen over time or do something that doesn’t help them at all.  If you are looking forward to commercial cleaning your interior or exterior bricks, you’ve landed on the right page!

Here, you can find all the information you need to clean your house’s bricks. Our website also has some blog posts regarding commercial and residential cleaning, so you can check them out if you are interested in that. 

Interior Brick Cleaning

#1 Clean Surface Dirt 

One of the issues of cleaning your bricks by yourself is it’s difficult to know when you are finished. Some people think they are good to go when they get rid of surface dirt, but that’s only the first part of the process. Nonetheless, it’s an essential one. 

You can clean any surface dirt on the bricks by using an average vacuum cleaner. We recommend you use a broom to knock off any dust the vacuum cleaner can’t get rid of. Using a dry mop is also a decent fit for the job, and it’s better than sweeping or any other method. 

#2 Use a Brick Cleaner 

There are many brick cleaners available for you on the market, so pick the one that best adapts to your budget. Some cleaners include a manual or instructions on how to use them, but you don’t need that if you’ve bought brick cleaners before. 

Applying the cleaner directly to dry bricks is not a good idea since it can discolour them. Your goal with this product is for it to stay on the brick’s surface to remove any dirt on it. Therefore, you must apply some water to the brick to keep the cleaner from discolouring anything. 

We recommend you go for a spray water bottle since you don’t want to spray that much water into the walls. This applies the most when cleaning older bricks. You can also use warm water if your bricks have grime on them. However, that requires you to use dish soap and a masonry sponge. 

#3 Take Care of Details 

Cleaning bricks mostly requires you to DIY the whole thing, so make sure to have some sponges and toothbrushes to take care of the tiny pieces of dirt on the bricks. Make sure to wear gloves and goggles while doing this to protect your eyes from chemicals in the cleaning products you use. 

This is when things get interesting since you can use many products for the job. Vinegar is often used for indoor bricks, and it’s not as expensive as other cleaning supplies, so it’s a decent alternative for you. 

Others use ammonia, but we don’t recommend you try that method. Ammonia and bleach are often used for extreme dirt issues and deep cleaning, but it has tons of chemicals on them, and all of them can be hazardous for your body and the environment. 

Dish soap and baking soda are classic methods for cleaning enthusiasts since you can use them for rings, earrings, bathtubs, and almost everything you need to clean in your house. 

Regardless of the one you use, the cleaning method is almost the same for all of them.

Try using a toothbrush or a sponge to scrub and brush the sections between each brick. Doing that is going to make them look cleaner than ever, which gives them the brightness they had the first time you installed them. 

All the methods listed before are often used for interior cleaning and mild issues. 

Cleaning Exterior Brick 

In essence, interior and exterior bricks are not that different from each other, so the methods used to clean both don’t change a lot. Nonetheless, exterior cleaning gives you more freedom when cleaning, and you can use heavier machines to address more difficult issues. 

#1 Pressure Wash Everything

One of the benefits of cleaning exterior bricks is you can use a pressure washing machine to address the situation faster. Pressure washers are often used by professional cleaning companies, but you can use them if you have one of your own. 

The first thing you need to pressure wash your brick is to prepare the exterior building for it. That means sealing your doors and windows to prevent water from getting inside your property. People use puncture-proof plastic sheeting and tape for the job, so get some before starting the whole process. 

#2 Call a Professional Cleaning Company 

This may seem like the obvious option to go for, but calling a professional cleaning company is also the most effective way to clean your property. These companies know all the processes and safety measures they need to take to clean everything without causing any further problems. 

We understand if you prefer to make cleaning your walls a DIY activity, but things get complicated when talking about more severe issues such as moisture, moss, and stains. If you hire a company that provides a high-quality service, you may not need to clean your bricks for a long time. 

Clean Group is available for you whether you need commercial or residential cleaning services, so don’t hesitate to call us whenever you need us to clean your brick walls. You only need to go to our website and fill out an online form with your contact information.

Conclusion

Letting the dirt in your bricks there is only going to make it get more over time. The more dirt and grime on your brick, the dirtier it looks, and it’s more likely to make you to catch an infection due to being close to it. 

No one wants their house or office building to look bad, and it can scare customers and visitors away. Make sure to follow the steps listed before to clean everything up, or call us to take care of all your commercial and residential cleaning-related needs.

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About the Author

Hi, you can call me Steve. I have been with Clean Group for almost four years now and work as a Regional Operations Manager in Sydney. I manage a team of 10 and am responsible for the day-to-day management of cleaning operations, planning, online assessment for clients, overseeing operations, collecting clients' feedback and ensuring proper & regular maintenance of cleaning equipment. Having more than 30 years of experience in the commercial cleaning industry, I am familiar with my clients’ needs and always able to meet their expectations. Do reach me for a quick chat about your cleaning needs.

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