How to Clean Brick

How to Clean Brick

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There are several methods to cleaning your old brick, because brick can wear down with harsh cleaning, we suggest starting in order and working your way down the list until you’ve achieved your desired look.

Up first: dish soap and salt.

What you’ll need:

  • Bucket or large bowl
  • Grease cutting dish soap
  • Salt
  • Scrub brush with coarse bristles
  • A few rags

Mix equal parts grease cutting dish soap and salt in warm water until it forms a paste-like consistency. Use one rag to spread the paste on your brick; if your brick area is large – do small sections at a time to avoid cramping. Use the scrub brush to scrub the paste into the brick. Sit back for 10 minutes and have a rest. Fill that bowl or bucket with warm water, grab a clean rag and then rinse the paste off.

If that doesn’t turn out as clean as you hoped, move on! But, please be patient and wait about a week between methods. The brick needs to dry and you need to adjust to the change.

On to the second attempt.

What you’ll need:

  • Boric acid
  • Bucket or bowl
  • Scrub brush with coarse bristles
  • A few rags
  • Rubber gloves

Put your rubber gloves on and mix 1tbs of Boric Acid in with about 4.5 litres of warm water. Dip your scrub brush into the solution and start cleaning the brick. After finished scrubbing, dip a clean rage into warm water and wash the solution off the brick.

Still not satisfied? The next step involves ammonia, which is considered to be a dangerous product. Wear rubber gloves, open all windows (you should be doing that anyways) and NEVER mix ammonia with bleach.

What you’ll need:

  • Ammonia
  • Rubber gloves
  • Grease cutting dish soap
  • Bucket Pumice
  • Scrub brush with coarse bristles

Mix one part ammonia, one part pumice, and two parts dish soap.  Add hot water until a paste forms. Use the rags to spread the paste on the brick. Wait for 10 minutes. Wet the scrub brush and brush the mix off the brick, then rinse it off with a wet rag.

How did that turn out?

To avoid having to go through this process again, we recommend dusting regularly and wiping your brick down with a damp cloth at least once or twice in a blue moon. Brick is making a huge comeback, and it pays to keep it well-maintained.

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