How To: Clean existing bricks

One of the questions we get asked a lot is: “How to I clean my brick?” It’s really pretty simple, but we broke it down for you below!

Cleaning Efflorescence: Efflorescence is a “crystalline deposit of salts that can form when water is present in or on brick, concrete, stone, stucco, or other building surfaces. It has a white or greyish tint and consists of salt deposits left behind when water evaporates.” (https://www.nitterhousemasonry.com/tips-advice/what-is-efflorescence/) Luckily, it’s not too hard to get off. Grab yourself a stiff brush and water to work it away if it’s a smaller area, or use a proprietary cleaner for larger areas. Make sure before you start working that the bricks are dry and any moisture ingress’ are fixed.

Cleaning Dirt or Mud: For a smooth textured brick, use a proprietary cleaner, scouring pad, or stiff brush. For a rough textured brick, use pressurized water.

Cleaning Paint: Use a paint remover to soften the paint and then use a stiff brush to remove the rest

For more information, or a more in-depth article on cleaning, head to www.gobrick.com
It’s always recommended to contact one of our showrooms, plants, or distributors before trying to clean it yourself. We’re always happy to help you as much as we can!

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