Best Practices For Pressure Washing Brick
Pressure washing brick is a great way to clean and restore the appearance of your brick surfaces. To achieve the best results, follow these simple best practices:
Use the right equipment: Although most home pressure washers come with a soap nozzle, it is best to use a more concentrated nozzle. In addition, be sure to have replacement nozzles on hand because they get clogged from time to time.
Choose the right cleaners: There are many types of brick cleaners available on the market today, so choose one that’s safe for your type of brick and/or mortar surface. Never apply a cleaner full-strength. Always dilute according to label instructions. Remove any loose or flaking masonry materials first before cleaning your brick surface.
Start at the top and work down: This will cause water runoff problems for you and reduce your ability to control how much or how little soap or cleaner you need to apply.
Remove all surface dirt and debris before you start: Cleaning brick surfaces without removing the initial layer of dirt, dust or debris will reduce overall cleaning time.
Always keep your spray nozzle close to your brick surface while pressure washing: You’ll achieve the best results if you’re always in contact with your brick surface while using your pressure washer. Wash in overlapping passes for best results.
Rinse often: To avoid soap buildup, rinse often with clean water after each application of cleaner or just plain water to remove residue from the solution (if nothing else is used).
Remove any standing water after rinsing: Standing water on porous brick surfaces can lead to unsightly stains and discoloration (not to mention damage to the surface). Use a soft brush to remove standing water before it has a chance to stain or cause damage.
Avoid hot water: Hot water can harm some types of brick and mortar, so only use warm or cold water when cleaning with pressure washers. You should also avoid applying direct pressure from your nozzle on metal lintels, window frames, and other non-brick surfaces because they might be damaged if you do.
Make sure the water rushing off the surface is clear: This means you can stop washing when there is no more residue running down your brick surface. When finished, rinse with clean water to remove traces of soapy residue and any remaining contaminants that may have been left behind.
Rinse frequently during the cleaning process: By rinsing your surface frequently, you’ll find that your overall cleanup time will be reduced dramatically.
Avoid pressure washing brick when the temperature is below freezing: Also, keep in mind that excessive water pressure can break up masonry surfaces so it’s best to use low-pressure settings for cleaning purposes. Remember, you can always wet masonry surfaces with plain water before applying any cleaning solution. This simple step will save time and money by eliminating the need to purchase a cleaner beforehand.
Wait for dry conditions: Never pressure wash brick surfaces when they are wet or damp because doing so may result in streaking and smearing. Also, make sure the sun isn’t shining on them either; this can cause rapid drying and damage to your brick’s color.
Pressure washing brick is a very effective way of removing dirt, grime, and algae from your exterior brick surfaces without using harmful chemicals or excessive scrubbing. Just remember to apply these best practices for clean-looking brick that will add curb appeal to your home!
Every situation is different, but these basic best practices should get you started on your way to cleaner brick!
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