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HOW TO CLEAN BRICK
Brick is visually appealing because it looks naturally distressed, but you don't want it to get to the point of looking too distressed. Whether it be oil and grease stains on brick pavers, moss on the side of your house, smoke and soot surrounding your fireplace, or general dirt and grime on an interior brick wall, you can improve your home improvement game by deep cleaning your brick surfaces about once a year.
Exterior brick surfaces can afford more cleaning options, while an indoor wall or fireplace usually requires cleaning by hand.
Cleaning methods involving muriatic acid require the use of full safety gear - rubber gloves, safety glasses and a respirator. Muriatic acid, as well as bleach, can stain or discolor many colors of brick and corrode aluminum window frames. Overspray or spills can damage nearby surfaces.
You can use Simple Green Oxy Solve Concrete and Driveway Cleaner to clean brick walls, pavers, patios and more with or without a pressure washer. It removes oil, grease, grime and most stains and discolorations. Its biodegradable formula is safer for lawns and pets.The non-corrosive and non-degrading formula utilizes the natural power of peroxide to provide high-performance cleaning and stain removal without toxic or abrasive chemicals. It also contains Direct Release ingredients, which are specifically identified by the U.S. EPA Safer Choice Program to have ultra-low aquatic toxicity values, and are safer for immediate contact with aquatic life or other sensitive environments. Therefore, it is a safer outdoor cleaner than most.
It's best to clean exterior brick on a cloudy day. The cooler it is outside, the less you will have to worry about your cleaner evaporating or drying on the surface. Spray all nearby plants, shrubs and grass with clean water before cleaning.
Pressure Washer Application:
TIP: After cleaning, seal your bricks with a siloxane or silane-based sealer.
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