If you own a property in ol’ Blighty, you are inevitably going to have to deal with issues from time to time, caused by inclement weather. The most common problems you may encounter include: foundation displacement, water penetration, poor quality materials, wall stresses due to fluctuating temperatures, and the age of the property.
This guide is going to focus on cleaning and repairing masonry, using brick restoration products, as well as some top cleaning and maintenance tips to prime your property’s exterior to perfection…
Enhancing Your Brickwork: Top Tips And Tricks
Before you start cleaning, you are going to want to inspect your walls in detail, looking for any obvious issues. It is important to note that if you are working with older homes, you may find that cosmetically improving the masonry could do more damage than good.
When it comes to older properties you want to use a far less invasive process, especially if the property has historical significance, or is a listed building. It is advisable to speak to your local council before undertaking intensive cleaning procedures, to ensure that it isn’t against the regulations.
Using a Brush
This may sound tedious, but older masonry will benefit from a mild detergent and a brush. The good old-fashioned way of cleaning. A good home detergent is a wonderful anti-greaser, which means deeper stains can be removed effectively.
For younger homes, you can use a high-power wash to remove all dirt and debris, and get your masonry looking as good as new.
If you choose the brush method, ensure all detergents or chemicals are washed off thoroughly after cleaning. Do not leave these products on the walls to wash away on their own.
Pressure washing is usually the preferred cleaning method of choice as it is quick and highly effective.
This method uses a strong power water wash, ideal if set on medium or low power. It is perfect for large surfaces to quickly remove dirt and debris