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Brick Cleaning

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Professional Removal Of Brick Stains, Dirt, Lichen, Moss & Algae

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Brick Cleaning

At Right Wash, we understand the importance of brick cleaning. And while most people might think that it's all about having pride in your home, there's more to it than just this.

Brick houses have a long history in the UK, and this continues even today with brick buildings accounting for at least 80% of all new constructions. One reason for this is that bricks can generally withstand the constant changes in our weather. They also provide strength and security, and they look great!

The Problem With Bricks

However, after a while, they begin to accumulate grime and organic matter, which spoils their appearance. More seriously, lichen, moss and algae can damage the surface; bricks are porous, allowing moisture to pass through. When dirt and organic growth gather, they trap the moisture which expands when it freezes, causing cracks and loosening the mortar.

That's why it is essential that you consider hiring a professional brick cleaning company like Right Wash to keep your walls looking amazing and reduce the need for expensive repairs in future.

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Why Do Bricks Get Dirty

Why Do Bricks Get Dirty?

Environmental pollution plays a significant part, particularly in urban areas. Carbon staining is common in buildings on busy roads, where particulate matter enters the brickwork and accumulates over the years.

Biological matter, such as algae, lichen, moss, fungi and bacteria, are attracted to the porous surface as it provides an ideal environment in which to thrive. If this isn't cleaned off, it will continue to grow and colonise the surface where it acts as a sponge, soaking up water and saturating the brickwork.

Water-saturated bricks will eventually give rise to problems with damp and mould on the inside of your home, and ice damage will cause spalling on the outside (where small pieces of brick break away).

Less Pollution, More Algae

One curious fact is that although pollution levels have improved due to recent environmental initiatives, this has led to an increase in organic growth. Cleaner air provides better conditions that encourage plant life. So, as carbon staining becomes less of a problem, the issue of moss, algae and lichen has worsened.



Vanadium, Iron & Manganese Staining

Lime Staining

Bird Fouling

The Answer: Professional Brickwork Cleaning!

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What Does The Brick Cleaning Process Involve?

The first step is to get in touch with Right Wash to discuss your brick cleaning requirements.

We can offer a free quotation but will need to arrange a full site inspection to determine the scale of the job as well as the state of your walls. During the assessment, we will watch out for any potential hazards or problems with access.

We will also identify the brick type involved as this is crucial to deciding which cleaning method we use. Once this has been established, we will arrange a convenient date for our visit.

If required, we will erect scaffolding to reach upper floors or use mobile platforms. All of our staff hold relevant licences and qualifications for the use of such equipment. Depending on where your property is located, we may have to set up barriers around the working area.

Once the preparation is complete, they will begin to clean your brick walls using the appropriate method.

Every attempt will be made to minimise disruption and the team will ensure that the site is left clean and tidy afterwards.

We guarantee that you'll be amazed at the results!

What Does The Brick Cleaning Process Involve


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Brick Cleaning Methods

Brick Cleaning Methods

Brick cleaning companies use several methods, and the Right Wash team is proficient in all of these. Essentially, it depends on the severity of the problem, the type of brick and whether other materials are involved (such as rendered walls, pebbledash, lime mortar, etc.).

Your Right Wash brick cleaning specialists will always select the very best method for your walls, including the following:

Pressure Washing

Fungicide & Herbicide

DOFF Steam Cleaning

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Low-Pressure Blast Media - Wet Or Dry (Sandblasting)

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Why Should You Have Your Brickwork Cleaned?

First and foremost, you want your building to look attractive. Most of us have pride in the places where we live, and we want them to look their very best. We want them to have kerb appeal.

Grime, mould, algae, moss build-up or graffiti makes your property's brickwork look unattractive, which can affect its value. This is very bad news if you are trying to sell your home!

As we have learned, aside from spoiling its aesthetic appeal, dirt and grime will damage your brick work if it's left for too long.

That's why we believe that you would be wise to hire a reputable brick cleaning company, like Right Wash.

Why Should You Have Your Brickwork Cleaned

DIY Brick Cleaning

Beware Of Jet Washing!

Our Best Advice: Use A Professional Brick Cleaning service!

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How Much Does Brick Cleaning Cost


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Does Brick Cleaning Take Long?

Again, this will vary based on many factors, with the main one being the total area of your property's brickwork.

It also depends on which method is used, as each one requires a different approach along with the appropriate equipment.

A small property might only take a couple of hours, while larger premises may take a day or two. If repairs and repointing are required, the process could stretch to about one week.

Once we have assessed your brickwork we will be in a better position to advise on a timescale for the project.

Does Brick Cleaning Take Long

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Period Properties And Listed Buildings

Period Properties And Listed Buildings

Some buildings need special care when it comes to restoration, preservation and cleaning. Older residential properties have often been painted over many times in the past, and maybe you want to restore your walls to their original state. This is a job that needs a professional brick cleaning company to get the best results and ensure that the walls aren't damaged.

Many old buildings are protected by laws that govern how they should be restored or cared for, so it's essential that any work is performed professionally. Properties within conservation areas often have rules about how they should look and be maintained, including a regular cleaning schedule.

Do you live in a Victorian property whose walls have seen better days? Or do you own an Edwardian house with stained and moss-covered walls?

In all of these cases, a professional brick cleaning service is your best course of action, and the Right Wash team is ready and waiting for your call.

Organisations that look after some of our most treasured buildings, such as English Heritage and the National Trust, frequently request that brick or stone cleaning services use the DOFF steam cleaning system to restore old walls to their former glory.

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A Few Words About Brick Types

As we mentioned earlier, there are many different types of brick and each one has its own requirements when it comes to cleaning.

There are too many to list here in full, but here's a breakdown of basic brick types to guide you:

  • Facing Bricks - usually found on exterior walls, these are made from clay and mostly manufactured by machine, a process known as the wire-cut or extruded brick method. They are highly weather resistant and come in a wide variety of colours and textures. All modern wire-cut bricks are machine-made, giving a sharp, clean, uniform appearance and texture and they have distinctive holes or perforations in the centre. Soft mud bricks have a rustic, reclaimed appearance as they are either hand-made or a machine is used to simulate the process.
  • Engineering Bricks - you're more likely to find these in a commercial setting, usually on older buildings. They are used to add structural support, specifically for retaining walls, sewers, factories, etc. Their main benefits are their superior strength and low water absorption.
  • Backing Bricks - Also called 'common bricks', these are usually placed on the inside or at the back of a building. In many cases, they are painted or rendered. Despite being called 'common', they are actually quite rare!

The appearance of the brick depends on the materials used, as well as the manufacturing process.

A Few Words About Brick Types

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Right Wash Specialist Brick Cleaning Services

Right Wash Specialist Brick Cleaning Services

Do you want to get your walls looking fresh and new, but you'd rather avoid the mess, hassle and frustration of cleaning them? Maybe you're worried about using the wrong method, or that you'll damage your walls? Perhaps you're concerned about the safety aspects involved?

Right Wash has the tools, knowledge and expertise to do the job properly and have your home looking fantastic within a very short time.

Call us today for a free quotation and to discuss any questions you may have concerning the process. We can also help with other projects, such as stone cleaning, or freshening up your rendered walls.

Begin the process of transforming your home today, with Right Wash brick cleaning services.


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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to clean a brick house?

The average is around 2-3 days but this can vary depending on the size of the house, the type of brick, the level of damage, the level of dirt, algae, moss, lichen etc and the type of method used.

Can you clean bricks with a jet washer?

We advise to not use any type of high pressure cleaning system on bricks as it also takes away the mortar. Textured bricks are also likely to be damaged. Also if the house has no cavity wall it would be susceptible to penetrating damp from the saturation.

What type of acid is used for cleaning bricks?

Hydrochloric acid can be used to treat iron stains, but this would make vanadium staining worse, and possibly permanent. So like many problems there are more than one solution which includes muriatic acid and hydrofluoric acid based brick cleaning solution.

Do I need to take the day off work?

No you do not need to take the day off work providing we have clear access to all areas to be cleaned as well as access to a water supply.

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