Caring for Materials that Outlast Centuries: Brick Staining BasicsBrick walls are among the longest standing construction materials ever designed, so much so that a lot of history’s most prominent structures have survived because of the material that holds them. However, bricks, as with even the most durable of materials, aren’t so much about “leaving them be” as it is about the regular care and maintenance due to any material, including bricks and the structures they hold in place. Here are some maintenance tips about a brick staining method that can render your brick walls looking as good as new. Cleaning Begin the staining process by washing down your exposed brick wall, saturating as much of it as possible. While the wall is still wet, scrub an efficient cleaning solution on it (simple vinegar should do the trick if you don’t have commercial brick cleaner) with a firm-bristled brush. Then, allow it to dry before staining. Choosing Stains In most cases, staining your wall is the more efficient option than painting, as it is less invasive and allows for a more natural look. When choosing the stain however, you should decide on what you need; a semi-transparent stain, for instance, should keep the original luster and color of your brick wall. Safety According to SF Gate, you should consider your safety gear before jumping straight into staining: “Put on a pair of safety goggles, rubber gloves and a respirator before getting to work. You may also want to wear some old work clothes and cover the mortar surrounding your bricks with painter’s tape to avoid any accidental spotting outside the bricks themselves. Place plastic sheets or tarps along the bottom of the wall.” Staining Proper Now you can finally begin – begin by applying the stain gently with the use of a paintbrush that’s about the same width as a single brick. Keep from applying the stain too thick; it might eventually change the brick’s color. Let the first coat dry completely before adding another. Of course, you can always hire dependable brick staining companies like PBS Nationwide, Inc. to do the job for you. These professional contractors offer a lot more services for your home—painting or dyeing brick, and restoring historical homes, among others. (Article Excerpt and Image from How to Stain Brick Walls,SF Gate) About Joe Holehouse Joe Holehouse has written 2 post in this blog. View all posts by Joe Holehouse → BlogGoogle+ Trackback from your site. Leave a comment Name * E-mail * Website Submit Comment Contact Info Joe Holehouse President/Owner 443-617-5244 443-922-9240 fax firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright © 2015 Preferred Brick Staining Nationwide Sitemap Follow us on Google Plus
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