Exposed interior brick walls bring character and charm to a home. An element of beauty indeed, but also a bit more complicated than other surfaces to clean! The Atlanta Home Inspector suggests that in order to maintain an interior brick walls integrity and to reduce health hazards, cleaning the brick is important. Brick is a porous material and prone to staining, so standard household detergents alone are rarely enough to clean brick properly.
Here is the Atlanta Home Inspectors suggestion for cleaning an exposed interior brick wall:
First, find a pair of sturdy rubber gloves to protect your hands from the harsh brick surface and from your cleaning agents. Then, with a dry dish cloth, gently wipe the entire surface of the brick wall to remove loose dirt and dust.
Next, pour a grease-cutting dish detergent into a small bucket. Do not add water to the detergent. Add a small amount of table salt instead.
Next, apply a thin layer of the soap-and-salt mix to the bricks using a cloth and allow the mix to sit on the bricks for 10-15 minutes. Then, with a hard-bristled scrub brush, gently scrub the brick to remove the stubborn dirt.
Lastly, dip a clean dishcloth into a warm water-filled bucket and use the dishcloth to remove the detergent mix from the wall.
Allow the wall to air dry.
We certainly hope this method has been helpful.
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