Top 3 brick and masonry cleaning mistakes
With the Christmas season rapidly approaching, there's a good chance you've had the state of your brick chimney in mind. After all, if Santa's going to climb down there to deliver your long-awaited (and much-deserved) Christmas gifts, you want it to look presentable.
While you might think cleaning brick is a relative no-brainer, in actual fact, there are a number of rookie mistakes one can make when trying to do some surface cleaning on brick and other masonry.
1. Being cavalier with certain cleaning methods
If a stain is really stubborn, the logical response is to use an intense, powerful form of cleaning. However, when you're dealing with brick, this can actually have far from the desired effect.
If you're going to use a high-pressure water jet, you need to test it out first to see what kind of impact it will have on the brick and mortar. If you're dealing with a dry-press brick, it's recommended you avoid this entirely.
Likewise, using a sand-blaster to clean your bricks can cause etching and damage water joints, leaving the surface more vulnerable to decay by water.
2. Not using a quality cleaner
There are countless cleaners and chemicals out there that purport to be reputable cleaning products. There are a number of ways to determine which are actually reliable stain removal products worth your time. For example, a quality cleaner won't simply provide you with a product, but with instructions and advice for how to carry out the cleaning.
Even if you find a reputable company, you still need to choose your cleaning agent wisely to ensure it suits the surface. If choosing between Dry-Treat products, for example, you'd want to go with Dry Treat's Oxy-Klenza™.
3. Leaving water to dry for too long
Saturating brick with water is a regular step in getting it clean, as is leaving it for a brief period of time. However, for those who are inexperienced in cleaning, it can be easy to let the water dry out over the course of cleaning, which can wreak havoc on your brick.
If too much water is allowed to penetrate the porous surface of brick, this can cause efflorescence – when minute salt crystals form on the surface of a material.
Be sure to avoid these rookie mistakes when you're getting your brick sorted out for the winter season.