This Old Brick House and Power Cleaning

This Old Brick House and Power Cleaning
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    Homes that are made from brick offer a handsome look, one that holds up under tough weather conditions and also stands the test of time.

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If you’re lucky, brick maintenance should come easy, something that you can tackle with a garden hose, a power washer and some oxygen bleach.

1. Assemble your tools. Your garden hose must be able to reach all the brick surrounding your home. You may need at least 50 to upwards of 100 feet of hose to get this job done with at least two spigots available: front and back or side and side. Rent a power washer, looking for one that produces at least 1,000 psi to 3,000 psi. Pick up a container of odium percarbonate, also known as oxygen bleach.

2. Connect and adjust. Connect your garden hose to your power washer unit, attaching same to the input valve. If the power washer has adjustable settings, set it to the lowest setting first. If you choose too high of a setting straight away you could damage the brick. Gradually increase the pressure if needed, observing that no damage to brick and mortar are taking place.

3. Add in the oxygen bleach solution. Your power washer should provide instructions on how much oxygen bleach to include in the cleaning receptacle. Typically, you will add up to two cups initially. Purchase enough to replenish the unit, especially if you own a large home.

4. Turn on and apply. Activate the power washer, grab hold of the wand and begin to spray the brick back and forth in left to right motions. Stand three to five feet from your home, avoiding backsplash. Bleach can stain and burn; wear protective goggles and gloves. Old clothes and work boots are ideal; wear head covering as well.

5. Rinse and clean up. Disconnect the garden hose from the pressure washer. With nozzle attached, clean off the brick to remove the chemical residue. Spray down nearby plants that may have been contaminated by overspray.

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An annual power washing of your brick home can help it look great year in and year out. Summer is the ideal time to power wash your home when weather conditions are suitable and foliage doesn’t get in the way. Consider also cleaning off your deck and walkways while you have your power washer with you. Always avoid spraying wood surfaces except at the lowest PSI setting.

See Also — You Can Pressure Wash Your Vinyl Siding

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".