Pressure Washing Brick: Tips to Make the Job Easier
Pressure washing brick can be a time-consuming task, but with these few tips, it can make the work go by much faster.
Be Mindful of Temperature
The temperature of the brick is an important factor in pressure washing. The higher the temperature of the brick, the more intense you want to keep your water stream. This ensures that dirt and dust are effectively removed from grooves or crevices on bricks without damaging or removing any loose grout between them. If there is no concern for safety when using extremely high temperatures, this will help to ensure that all surfaces are cleaned properly in less time.
Good Ventilation is Key
One often overlooked consideration is ventilation during pressure washing. While it’s important to keep water from dripping all over the place, this consideration goes beyond that. When pressure washing brick without proper ventilation, you run the risk of causing issues such as damage to materials or even physical illness. Make sure your equipment and area is properly ventilated by having some sort of exhaust system in place while pressure washing brick. This will minimize any risks associated with using a pressure washer and protect your health over time.
Good Footwear is Important Too
Yes, we just talked about safety and how it’s important to keep yourself well protected when working with this equipment. However, don’t forget that you want to be wearing something comfortable for this job! You are going to be on your feet moving around constantly for hours at a time if you aren’t careful. Minimize your fatigue by wearing comfortable footwear. If you have to stand for long periods of time, be sure your balance is stable and you have a strong base before starting this work. This will help prevent any slips or falls while working on brick that could cause serious injury!
Make sure not to wear any synthetic clothes such as fleece or denim that may melt at the high temperatures of the bricks. Instead, wear cotton and boots that can protect you from intense heat! When pressure washing brick, it’s best to use a narrow spray tip with low PSI in order to avoid damage to brickwork. Make sure to turn off your power washer when moving from one surface area onto another in order for this changeover time not to create unnecessary heat on the surface area you are working with. Also make sure to adjust your flow control handle so you have a light-medium spray stream when pressure washing brick. This will give you more accuracy and less splash back onto the brick and onto yourself.
Now that you’re all set, let’s get started!
Pressure washing brick: Start to finish
Using a low PSI with a narrow spray tip will allow for better control and more accuracy when pressure washing brick. You can avoid heat damage by turning off your power washer between surface areas and by adjusting your flow control handle (try not to put it on maximum). Make sure to wear cotton clothes and boots if possible. Also make sure you have good ventilation if doing this in an enclosed space such as a garage or shed or basement.
Now that you’ve gone through these tips and before I send you off, let me just say: if you don’t want to deal with the tedious task of pressure washing brick yourself, or maybe even if you do, we can definitely help! We offer free estimates and we hire only the most experienced and well-trained staff so your job gets done right the first time. Good luck with those bricks!