Cleaning your home's brick


Start off by sweeping your patio clean of any debris. If you have weeds growing in the joints of your pavers, spray them with weed killer or pull them out by hand. A new eco-friendly technique uses a blowtorch to kill the weeds. Give your patio another sweep to remove any dead plant material or loose soil.
If your patio is in a damp or shaded area in your yard, you may notice some mold or mildew growing on the bricks. While this will not damage the integrity of the patio, it can be unsightly. Luckily, this is easily removed with a simple cleaning solution:2 cups of bleach
1 gallon of warm water
With a thick bristled (non-metal) broom, use the solution to give your pavers a good scrub. Once you have removed all of the stains from your patio, rinse it off. Use a standard garden hose with normal pressure. Using a high-pressure nozzle or a pressure washer can remove the sand between the joints that keep your brick in place. High pressure could potentially damage the pavers.Once you've removed the weeds and rinsed your patio, you may notice that there's some sand missing from your joints. Simply sweep sand back into the joints with a push broom. Concrete sand (or river sand) is a good option because the grains are angular and the sand will 'lock into' the joints
Mold/mildew on brick patio
Plant matter can grow between bricks. Make sure to address the root system to prevent them from coming back.
Clean, beautiful brick.

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1 question
  • Wor31315739
    on Jun 25, 2018

    What did you wash the bricks with? They look so clean. Great job!!!

    • Karyn Kiney Cozad
      on Jul 3, 2018

      2 cups of bleach

      1 gallon of warm water

      With a thick bristled (non-metal) broom, use the solution to give your pavers a good scrub.

    • Karyn Kiney Cozad
      on Jul 3, 2018

      2 cups of bleach

      1 gallon of warm water

      With a thick bristled (non-metal) broom, use the solution to give your pavers a good scrub.

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2 comments
  • Nice piece - with that I would be very careful trying a blow torch as you can damage the face or the look of many pavers. On the "sand" list, you may also want to consider polymeric sand (follow the directions) because once you sweep that in & moisten it down, it will be there almost forever & will not allow weeds to grow through

  • PineHallBrick
    on Apr 2, 2013

    Thanks for the great additional information SLS!

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