Cleaning Brick Slips
Cleaning Brick Slips
At www.higginscladding.co.uk we take pride in all our cast brick and stone products. We would like to make sure that our customers have good advice for cleaning brick slips so their brick slip feature wall will stay in the condition as when they first purchased and installed the product.
Cleaning Brick Slips in the right way is no secret and there’s no need to go and purchase expensive cleaning products. Due to the surface texture of brick slips, external weathering, obvious internal foot traffic and of course young sticky hands. Brick slip walls can get dirty over time. The good news is cleaning brick slips is easy and trouble free. Our old skool method has been used for many years and dates to Victorian times. The old ways are generally the best ways and sometimes a lost art.
Cleaning Brick Slips – The Smarter Choice
- Washing up Liquid Or Other Non-Bleach, Non-Abrasive Cleaner.
- Wire brush
- Sponge, Cloth or Rag
- A Vacuum Cleaner
1. Make sure the brick slip wall has been vacuumed then dusted with a slightly damp cloth. This will remove loose dust and debris that will have collected on the surface.
2. Mix 1 part mild detergent or washing up liquid and 1 part table salt. Mix with water making sure you form a consistent malleable paste.
3. Apply the cleaning solution using a sponge or cloth. Scrub the wall lightly with a wire brush and allow the solution to settle in for 15 minutes.
4. Finally wipe off the cleaning solution using a slightly wet sponge or a cloth. Making sure you rinse the sponge or the cloth on a regular basis in a bucket of warm water.
5. Step back and check that you have removed all of the cleaning solution. When the wall is dry and you notice residue left by the cleaning solution then use a scrubbing brush or a cloth to rinse the area.
Additional After Care Information:
If the brick slip wall or surface is in a high traffic area or an area that can get dirty quickly. like a kitchen splash back. It may be worth considering sealing the surface of the brick slips after they are cleaned. There are many great sealants on the market and they usually come in a Matt or Gloss finish. For cast brick slips then use a matt or gloss cement sealant.
Matt finish sealants will protect and seal the surface with little to no effect on the colour of the brick slips.
Gloss finish sealants will protect and seal the surface but will add a sheen to the surface giving the slips a ‘wet look’ finish.