Cleaning a brick house requires some time and effort, but it is not a difficult task. If you are ever in doubt on how to perform DIY tasks you can always contact a brick cleaning service. However, if you want to give it a go yourself, here are some steps to follow.
- Gather the necessary equipment
You will need a pressure washer or a garden hose, a scrub brush or a soft-bristled brush, a bucket, and a mild detergent.
2. Test a small area
Before you start cleaning the entire house, test a small, inconspicuous area to make sure that the cleaning solution does not damage the brick. If the test area looks good, proceed with cleaning the rest of the house.
3. Wet the brick
If you are using a pressure washer, start by wetting the brick with water. If you are using a garden hose, use a spray nozzle to wet the brick.
4. Apply the cleaning solution
Mix a mild detergent with water in a bucket. Dip the brush into the solution and apply it to the brick. Scrub the brick gently, starting from the bottom and working your way up.
5. Rinse the brick
Use the pressure washer or garden hose to rinse the brick thoroughly, starting from the top and working your way down.
6. Repeat the process
If necessary, repeat the cleaning process until you achieve the desired results.
7. Allow the brick to dry
Let the brick dry completely before painting or sealing it.
Note: Be cautious when using a pressure washer, as it can cause damage to the brick if used improperly. Always wear protective gear such as safety glasses and gloves when cleaning with chemicals.
With this DIY process involving chemicals and expensive equipment such as the pressure washer, if you don’t feel confident or don’t want to purchase or store the equipment, it is not too expensive to hire a professional service. If you are based in the UK, we highly recommend contacting Brick Makeover for a free quote. They are the UK’s best exterior cosmetics and renovations company. They offer their brick cleaning service across the country and will give you a free no obligation quote.