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Masonry Brick Cleaning Services
Earth Stick & Stone workers can help you clean fungus, mildew, moss, oil, soot, mineral residue and paint on your treasured masonry or brick work, whether at home or on a commercial or industrial building site. If you see problem areas on your stone and masonry or brick home that look like mold growth or oil and paint stains, you may have wondered about the best way to clean them.
Check the resources below on how to clean smaller areas. If your project is too big to handle, you can call us for a no-obligation professional assessment.
PROFESSIONAL TIP: Masonry cleaning on brick homes and walls can be very difficult, with the possibility of personal injury especially if using chemicals as part of the process.
Cleaning Brick with Professional Techniques
Removing Fungus, moss, and mildew
Household liquid bleach mixed with warm water, in a ratio of 1:4 (bleach: water) and brushed on to the problem area can usually eliminate smaller problems. The treated area should be rinsed after the treatment. This technique may not be adequate for larger surface area problems. You may need to scrape the affected area with a strong wire brush or blade such as a putty knife to remove excess growth before applying diluted bleach.
NOTE: Muriatic acid is hazardous. Consult a professional before attempting this method.
Removing Oils, Soot, and Mineral Residue
nce oil, ash and other combustion or mineral residues penetrate more deeply into the pores of the masonry than fungus, mold and mildew, a stronger solution is needed. Professionals use Muriatic acid, diluted 1:9 with water. It is applied to the affected area for about 15 minutes, which is then brushed with a stiff bristled brush. Cleaning the brick is completed by rinsing the treated area with water.
Paint on external masonry may require any or several of the following techniques brick cleaning, depending on the paint, age, and masonry material:
- Paint Remover
- Brushing by hand or with an electric brush with muriatic acid
- Power Washing
For internal cleaning of brick or stone masonry projects, a chemical paint remover is recommended.