Brick Basics: Maintenance, Care and Cleaning
Bricks are primarily used because of their durability but it does not mean that it does not require maintenance or proper care. Like with most tools and objects, if you want them to have a longer lifespan, it is important that you know how to properly care for them.
Cleaning Bricks: Cleaning bricks is similar to washing soiled clothing in a sense that cleaning different kinds of dirt require different means to do it. Use a garden hose with a spray nozzle or a spray bottle to remove loose dirt on bricks. Always keep in mind that cleaning bricks does not require you to be too aggressive with your methods.
Repointing: Repointing bricks is a method to maintain and lengthen the lifespan of a brick by removing damaged mortars carefully and then fresh mortar is applied on those cavities. When it comes to repointing it is necessary that the depth of the new mortar should be twice as the width of the point of the mortar. It is also vital that the fresh mortars have at least the same characteristics of the original mortar, especially if these mortars are part of a historical or old structure. This maintenance method is helpful when it comes to mortar joints that have softened due to weathering and or other exterior factors.
Paint Removal: With regard to removing paint, this can be very difficult especially if you are not experienced and are recommended to be left to professionals like the expert painters. The thing is that you need chemicals to remove paint requires various tests in different concentration. Too much concentration can damage or discolor the surface of a brick while at the same time, too low concentration may not do anything at all and would be a waste of time and money.
Do not take your brick’s durability for granted. Take care of them as much as you would take care of your furniture.