Despite being resilient, brick walls can still accumulate dirt, dust, and stains. This goes without saying that they still need to be cleaned regularly. Although both interior and exterior bricks of your home require maintenance, they cannot be cleaned in the same way! You wouldn’t want to use a pressure washer inside your home, would you? Interior brick walls often require less maintenance than exterior ones since they are not subject to as many external elements. Events like rain, snow, wind, dust, and pollution can quickly dirty the exterior walls of your home, necessitating additional time spent cleaning. Brick walls indoors are more likely to collect dirt in areas like the kitchen, where they may get splattered with oil or other cooking chemicals.
So, whether you want to revitalize the outside brick walls of your house or make your inside brick accent wall appear brand new, it’s a good thing that we have some of the best tips for you. In no time, if you follow the directions, your brick will shine.
What you need
- Dual-purpose Lola® Snap-In Angle Broom
- Dish soap
- Table salt
- Spray bottle
- Sponge or scrubber, like the Lola® Scrub N’ Wipe BossTM
- Lola® Jumbo Microfiber Cloth
Exterior cleaning: (In addition to the materials above)
- Pressure washer
- Rubber gloves
How to clean a brick wall indoors
The first step in this simple task is to use the broom to dust and remove any obvious dirt and debris on your brick walls. You can begin cleaning the wall once the top layer of loose dirt has been removed. To wash the wall, create a cleaning solution by combining water, your favorite dishwashing soap, and some table salt. Spray this mixture onto your brick walls to remove any oil that has built up over time. Use the scrubber to brush, and then wipe it away with a cloth wet with warm water.
How to clean the brick wall outside
Let's now learn how to properly clean the exterior of a brick wall, which is considerably more prone to collecting dirt. The top layer of dust, cobwebs, and debris that managed to accumulate on the surface should be removed first. The simplest approach to do it is to carefully sweep the area using a broom. Depending on your preference, you may select from the following methods for cleaning your exterior brick walls:
- Naturally, you can use the cleaning solution we previously described for interior brick walls cleaning, which is created from water, mild dishwashing liquid, and table salt, along with a sponge. Before you start scrubbing, let it sit for about 10 minutes.
- Another option is to use a high-pressure water cleaning. You should adjust the machine such that the maximum flow pressure is 700 psi to avoid damaging the wall. Don't forget to use a mild detergent safe for bricks as well.
- If your walls have mold and mildew, you may need to use some bleach solution. Don’t forget to wear a pair of gloves (or even goggles) for extra protection while cleaning.
Bricks are one of the strongest construction and finishing materials out there and can provide you with excellent service for a very long time. It’s imperative not to disregard them, so it’s best to set aside some time to check on their cleanliness both inside and outside of your home.