How to Clean Exterior Painted Brick
Exterior bricks are used in houses to provide protection, durability and finishing touches. These bricks are not easily damaged and stained. However, due to weather conditions and environmental factors, dirt, dust and other particles may build up on the bricks and needs to be cleaned.
These are the steps in cleaning exterior brick:
- Gather the materials needed for cleaning exterior brick like bleach, garden hose, spray nozzle, basin or pail, scrub brush and water prior to cleaning.
- Attach the spray nozzle to the garden hose. This will provide a better aim and to the hose.
- Start your cleaning by using the garden hose with attached spray nozzle and spray off any dirt or loose particles from your exterior brick.
- Examine the exterior brick closely in order to find mold or mildew. If there are none, just continue washing but if there are, proceed to the next step.
- In a pail, mix the bleach with water. The most advisable ratio for this mixture is one cup of bleach to one gallon of water. Dissolve and incorporate the two substances well.
- Wet your bricks with water first before proceeding to the next step. Try to wet them with water as much as possible. This will prevent discoloration if the bleach starts to come in contact with the exterior brick.
- Also, try to penetrate the divisions between bricks because that is the most likely place to have mold and mildew. Scrub these parts well.
- After scrubbing, rinse the exterior bricks well with water. Make sure to remove any bleach residue or excess bleach. If there is any bleach left, this might result to discoloration of the brick. Let the bricks dry.
- When using this cleaning solution, instead of just wetting the bricks make the bricks absorb the water before brushing it down with this solution. This ensures that the brick will not absorb the cleaning solution which may result to staining.
Cleaning the exterior bricks can be really difficult but with proper materials and cleaning procedures, dirt and other particles will surely be removed. If the stains and dirt are really stubborn use other cleaning products or go to a nearest hardware store for brick cleaners.
How to Clean Fake Plants
Plants make the surrounding green and help in cleaning up air pollution as well as absorbing water from rain and floods. However, not all plants can be placed indoor or can last long if they are used as decorations. Nowadays, fake plants are used for convenient and easy use of plants for décor. And these plants must be clean because dirt and dust can accumulate overtime.
These are the ways in cleaning fake plants:
- Prepare the tools needed for cleaning fake plants. Get the feather duster, dry cloths, water and Windex with ammonia D. The materials must be ready beforehand.
- Using a feather duster, dust the fake plants to remove dust and other loose dirt. When dusting, make sure that you reach every part and every nook and cranny of the fake plant.
- Sometimes, dusting is not enough to remove all the dust so use a dry cloth and wipe the clinging dust or dirt on the fake plant.
- Using a dry cloth, wipe the fake plant dry and to prepare it for the next step. For cleaner results, if the cloth is already wet and dirty, use another cloth for the other parts. This way, the dirt will not go to other parts of the plant.
- Spray Windex with Ammonia D on the entire plant. This substance will not only clean the plants, it will also return them to their original vibrant colors.
- Leave the plant under the sun for about thirty minutes. The sunlight will give the Windex its full effect and will help in giving the fake plant a vibrant color.
Always clean the fake up plants so that it will have a nice color and can last up long. Avoid using harsh chemicals and products when cleaning so that it would not be damage. Keep the plants in safe area so that it won’t cause any problems in the environment.