How to Clean Old Brick Floors


Brick flooring is a very beautiful feature for any outdoor area. It is sturdy, easy to maintain and it adds a rustic look to any area you install it. Cleaning brick is easy and requires no special items or equipment. Choose a nice, sunny day to clean your brick floors to help the brick dry more quickly. It should not take long to do this, but choose a day when traffic on the brick floor is light.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom and dustpan
  • Bucket
  • Warm water
  • Powdered dishwashing detergent
  • White vinegar
  • Mop
  • Stiff scrub brush
  • Hose attached to water source
  • Old towels or absorbent rags
  • Move away any furniture from the area being washed. Pick up any large debris such as paper and twigs. Begin at one end of the floor and sweep the brick surface as thoroughly as possible.

  • Fill a bucket with warm water and add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of dishwashing detergent to water. Dip a mop into the bucket and wring out as much water from the mop as possible. Wash the floor using side to side strokes.

  • Mix 1 part white vinegar to 15 parts warm water. Stir the mixture thoroughly. Dip the mop into the bucket and saturate it with the cleaning solution. Wring out the excess water. Begin mopping the floor using side to side strokes.

  • Take the scrub brush and starting at the farthest point from you, scrub the floor as hard as possible. Scrub in the same direction to avoid streaks. Overlap scrubbing area so as not to miss any places.

  • Drain out the dirty water down a sewer or drain so as not to affect plants or flowers. Rinse the floor thoroughly with the hose to avoid white build up. Take the towels or rags and thoroughly wipe dry the surface of the bricks.

Tips & Warnings

  • Clean your brick floors three to four times a year.

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