Outdoor patios are a great place to sit back and enjoy a beautiful day.
Brick is one of the most popular choices for outdoor patios and walkways because of its rich and classic look.
Over time, dirt, grime and even moss can cause nasty discoloration, leaving your patio looking dull and unwelcoming.
Luckily, pressure washing can restore brick to its former glory.
It's important to thoroughly soak the surface of your patio/walkway with regular water, using a low pressure spray pattern.
Rinsing the surface before washing will create a protective barrier between the brick and detergent. This is important because you don't want detergent soaking into the porous brick.
After the surface is nice and wet, you're ready to start. To achieve the best results, use a low pressure stream and lots of detergent.
A high pressure spray pattern can force detergent to be absorbed into the brick, which can leave ugly stains. It's also helpful to divide your project up, and work in sections.
Apply the detergent to your work area and allow it sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
If you notice any places starting to dry apply water as needed. It is very important that we do not allow the detergent to soak in.
Now, flush the detergent from the area with a basic rinse. After flushing it away, you'll want to do a more thorough rinse.
Cover 2-3 rows of brick at a time, moving slowly to ensure all the detergent and residue is washed away. You may have to repeat this process multiple times for deeply stained areas.
If you find any white powdery residue, otherwise known as efflorescence, when you brick dries, don't worry. This can be easily taken care of with an efflorescence remover.
Unfortunately, this needs to be done by hand, using a brush. Make sure to follow the manufacturer's directions and do
use your pressure washer.