Brick walls are often the decorative highlight of your home. If the brick walls are well taken care of, they can last for the lifetime of your home.
Over time, brick walls will collect dust and dirt. This can quickly make your home look dirty and loose eye appeal. It may be surprising to find out that when cleaning brick walls, you need to take extra precautions. Some harsh cleaners can actually harm your bricks, causing costly repairs.
There are several methods to cleaning your brick walls. Some of these methods are for routine maintenance and others are for deep cleaning. If you are doing the outside of your home, use a power washer with water to spray off debris first. Then you can focus on problem areas. If you are cleaning brick walls in your home, first wipe down with water and a towel.
The first method uses cleaning items normally found in your home. Mix dish soap with salt to form a paste. Spread the paste onto your brick wall and then use a scrub brush to work it into your bricks. Let it sit for about ten minutes, then wipe off with a wet dish towel.
Another method is to use Boric Acid. It sounds scarier that what it is. Boric Acid was used for years to clean laundry, you can find it at your local grocery store in the laundry aisle. Use one tablespoon of Boric Acid to one gallon of warm water. Make sure that the Boric Acid dissolves in the warm water before you apply to your brick walls. Using a scrub brush, scrub the bricks with this method then rinse with water.
If the problem area is around your fireplace, which is normally covered in soot, Naphtha soap may be your best answer. This is another soap that was commonly used to clean laundry. It comes in bar form and you will need to shave it. Bring three quarts of water to a boil and add the soap. Once it dissolves, allow it to cool. Then add a pound of pumice and a cup of ammonia. Using rubber gloves and paint brush, paint the mixture onto your brick wall. Allow it to sit for an hour and rinse well with water.
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