Does your home or business have a dairy brick floor that is not in good condition? If so, you're likely looking into how to repair and restore the floor and its natural beauty. Here are some tips for working on a dairy brick floor.
Dry Brush And Scrub The Surface
The first step will involve using a dry brush to get any dirt and grime loose from the floor's surface. You can then sweep up the debris and throw it away. You should then scrub the surface with water so that it gets the surface wet, which will help prevent the surface from becoming burned in places later on.
Mix The Stripping Solution In A Bucket
You'll need to create the stripping solution by mixing it with water in a bucket. Know that it is always best to fill the bucket with water and then add the stripping solution to it. This prevents the stripping solution from splashing outside the bucket since the water will splash instead. The stripping solution essentially turns the seal back into a liquid so that it can be removed from the surface, allowing you to do repairs to the brick and the grout.
Remove The Old Seal
There are a couple of ways that you can remove the old seal from the brick. Many people remove the seal by hand scrubbing the surface, which can be very labor-intensive, but it's the best way to get into all the crevices of a brick floor. If hand scrubbing is not an option, you can use a power scrubber to get the job done quicker.
Replace Damaged Grout
There may have been places in the floor where the seal deteriorated and caused the porous grout to be exposed, leading to damaged grout that is now beyond repair. Now is the time to remove the grout and replace it. Damaged grout can cause the tiles to become loose over time as well, so replace the grout in any place that looks like it needs it.
Apply A New Seal
Now you can apply a new sealant to the entire floor's surface. It is going to require several coats of sealant to form a solid protective barrier, which is necessary for floors that experience high traffic. Just make sure that the first layer of sealant has sufficient time to dry before applying any additional layers.
For more information, contact a brick repair service, such as Archway Brick and Tile.