Brick Maintenance, Care, & Cleaning - Basics Of Bricks' Life
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The bricks are most frequently used in construction and have been the most popular material for many last decades. There are many reasons behind their universal popularity such as their:
- Aesthetic appeal
- Resale value
All these features add up to make them the most appropriate construction material. But if not properly cured or maintained, bricks may suffer damage with time due to certain reasons just like weather changes, environmental situations, water damages, dust, and solid grease, etc.
To prevent damage and enhance the durability of the bricks, proper cleaning, care, and maintenance are required. Here is a step-by-step guide for the perfect maintenance and care of your building and by following these, you can maintain its original value, gleam, look, and beauty.
Here is the most crucial list of hand tools required for the basic maintenance of your buildings:
Brickmasons own all these tools for the perfect maintenance of old damaged bricks.
A Simple Guide to Brick Maintenance
Here are easy and simple tips to repair the damages to your buildings.
Normal Brick Cleaning
You may increase the life of bricks by cleaning their surface after certain gaps. This can be done easily with the help of a Garden Hose with a spray nozzle. Gently spray the loose dirt and dust on the buildings to maintain their shining.
Cleaning the Damp
There are possibilities for certain places in your building that don’t receive direct sunlight or receive inadequate light. Such places get dampness which may turn the bricks into dark green color and this thing reduces the brick life as well as its beauty.
Look out for such parts and clean them with a certain solution. The perfect solution to wash and clean such places is a mixture of bleach and water. Proceed in the following way to get rid of such a greenish look:
- Mix just one cup of bleach in a gallon of water.
- Thoroughly soak the area to prevent the absorption of bleach.
- Apply the mixture on the bricks with a scrub brush and scrub it well.
- After ten minutes, clean the surface with an adequate amount of water and it would restore its original glow upon drying.
Repointing the Damaged Bricks
This process rescues the permanent damage as you can easily remove the old damaged mortars and replace them with fresh and undamaged ones.
Carefully remove the mortar that needs to be replaced and fill the cavity carefully with a new one. This would not let any single damaged brick destroy the beauty of your building by damaging the more.
Repairing the Water Damages
Damages caused by water also decrease the life span of the bricks. Such damages are caused due to three reasons:
1 – Due to splash back which is caused by rain which continuously beats the bricks and gradually soaks into mortars. This causes the mortar joints to damage or crack.
2 – Due to water seeping up resulting in the damp.
3 – Less exposure of the walls to the sunlight also results in moisture or dampness.
An easy solution for such problems is repointing the damaged mortars or cleaning the damp in time.
Removal of Old Paint
As the paint is exposed to weather damages and sunlight, so it can be fade out. This may decrease the shining or gleam of your building. An easy remedy to this problem is the removal of old paint and repainting your building.
Certain chemicals make the paint removal process too easy. But keep in mind that too much application of chemicals may permanently damage the walls, window glasses, or floor of your building. So, be careful in this regard
As mentioned above, the proper brick maintenance needs certain tools, chemicals, techniques, and most important thing time. You would have to invest in such tools that you would not use frequently. Also, in today’s busy life, no one has enough time to repair the building damages.
So, considering hiring professionals for the maintenance of your building is not a bad idea. We at Stone Revival offer you the perfect service to repair the damages to your bricks. Contact us at today, we’ll restore the original value of your building.