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How to restore exposed brick

June 6, 2014

There's something unique about brick that wood, rock and other forms of building material don't quite possess. Not only does it provide a rustic look to an interior or exterior wall, but it's resilient, able to hold up to weather's wrath. Just ask the Big Bad Wolf in the "Three Little Pigs" nursery rhyme. Besides its practical use, brick is also loved for decorative purposes, like the exposed kind for a brick wall in the bedroom, living room or kitchen. For many people who want this look, however, it can take some time to get it looking great, particularly if the house is old. Check out some of these suggestions published by The San Francisco Chronicle on how you can successfully restore an exposed brick wall. 1. Clean thoroughly. Exposed brick won't have the type of charm you want to have if its loaded with dirt, dust and debris. However, with a power washer, you can buff out all the marks that are on it, making sure you have some bins lined up underneath so the water that drips down doesn't stain the floor or carpet. In fact, you may want to cover the floor completely with a tarp or sheet that's taped down so that nothing leaks through. Warm water may be all you need, but for hard-to-remove stains, mix water with dish detergent and a splash of table salt. 2. Check for broken brick. By its very nature, brick has a weathered look, which can sometimes mask bricks that are cracked or loose. Closely inspect the wall to see if you can spot any signs of cracking. If you find one or several, you can remove the brick by drilling holes in the mortar that surrounds it. Once it's loose, use it as a reference for finding a brick that matches its color scheme at the hardware store. 3. Seal it completely. The great thing about sealing exposed brick is that it preserves its clean look. So once you've cleaned it, use a paint sprayer to apply the sealant, which also fills cracks in the wall that you may not be able to notice. You may also want to apply sealant with a roller or brush to ensure that everything has been covered.
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