Brick floors are not awfully common and they can be a hard to keep clean. However, they are durable and don’t require a lot of care. They are also quite forgiving and handle abuse very well. The homey feeling they bring to the home and their ability to last without showing signs of significant wear and tear are some of reasons why you will still brick floors.
Learning how to clean a brick floor can help you warm up to this type of flooring and find it easier to keep it spotless and clean.
Cleaning Unsealed Brick Floors
Unsealed brick floors are more of a challenge to clean because they are porous. In most cases, you will need to scrub the floor with a gentle brush to get rid of deep sitting dirt which is quite common in unsealed brick floors.
What You Need:
- A broom or a vacuum (preferably a vacuum)
- A mop
- Mild detergent
- White vinegar
Once you have your cleaning materials, follow this step by step guide.
Step 1: Sweep the floor
Before cleaning, you need to prepare the floor and get rid of dust and loose dirt. For this, you need a broom and dust pan to collect the dirt.
If you have a good vacuum cleaner, you can also use it after sweeping. Take time when sweeping and vacuuming to make sure you reach all the crevices and corners. Make sure you get out as much dirt as possible.
You might also notice some brick pieces in old floors that are beginning to crumble. Try and get rid of as many pieces as possible.
Step 2: Scrubbing
Once you’re done with sweeping, the next step is to scrub. When scrubbing the floor, you can use one of two cleaning solutions. Which solution you choose depends on preference and availability.
You can use a borax solution or a solution of baking soda and warm water. You can also use a solution of vinegar and warm water.
After choosing your preferred solution, rub it not the brick. While at it, don’t forget to focus on the mortar to avoid discoloration. Just like sweeping, take time to make sure you cover all the corners and crevices.
Step 3: Rinse the Floor
Use warm water to rinse the bricks and mortar until the cleaning solution is all gone. For this part, you can use a spin mop. It will make rinsing and drying the floor much easier. Finally go over the area with a microfiber cloth.
While rinsing, always make sure the water in your bucket remains clean. This prevents streaks on the floor when it dries.
Cleaning Sealed Brick Floors
Sealed brick floors are easier to clean. However, they can be a puzzle especially when the floor is still new.
Sealed brick floors present a unique challenge. As you clean, you might find gray or white dust over the surface of the floor. The dust is produced by the grout that was used to lay the floor when it reacts with muriatic acid.
All you need to do is keep vacuuming the dust and flushing the floor with clean water. With time, the acid will be gone. Today, there are better commercial cleaning products that are easier to wash off and are more preferred by brick layers.
Other than dealing with the dust, the cleaning process of sealed brick floors is similar to that of unsealed floors.
Removing Water Stains
Over time, stains caused by hard water stains in damp areas can leave the floor looking unsightly. Luckily, you can remove the stains. You just need a few supplies:
- Baking soda
- Scrubbing brush
- White vinegar
Start by cleaning the floor normally to remove loose dirt and ensure the surface is clean. Make a mixture of one part vinegar and one part water and pour it one the stained areas. Allow the solution to sit on the stained area for a few minutes.
Use the scrubbing brush to scrub off the stain and keep scrubbing until the stain disappears. If the stain proves stubborn, you can pour undiluted vinegar over it and let it sit for about 15 minutes then resume scrubbing.
After removing the stain, make sure you rinse the floor with clean water. To neutralize the acidity of vinegar, sprinkle some baking soda over the relatively wet floor and wait for 20 minutes before rinsing once more.
Unlike stained carpets which can be a pain to clean and are clingy on stains, brick floors don’t stain easily. They are easy to clean especially when you know what you need to do and are perfect when you have a home with lots of traffic.
With these brick floor cleaning guide, keeping your home in tip-top condition will be much easier and more satisfactory.