BRICK CLEANING SYSTEMS
Bucket and Brush Cleaning
Bucket and brush cleaning is a method of cleaning newly constructed brick walls in both small and large jobs. A minimum amount of equipment is needed, and workmen do not need to be highly skilled. Only the job foreman or supervisor needs to be knowledgeable and experienced.
This method may be used for cleaning all colors and textures of brick. However, care must be used in selecting the proper cleaning solution for the job. The safest way to determine the proper cleaning solution for a given type of brick is to ask the brick manufacturer for their recommendation.
As a general policy statement, the Brick Association of the Carolinas does not recommend the use of muriatic acid to clean brick. Although muriatic acid has been used successfully in the past in select situations, too frequently its improper use has caused problems. If a request to use muriatic acid is received, permission to do so should be obtained from the brick manufacturer.
Technical Notes on Brick Construction
Technical Notes on Brick Construction are FREE bulletins that contain design, detailing, and construction information based on the latest technical developments in brick masonry. Drawings, photographs, tables and charts illustrate appropriate topics. Most of the details in the Technical Notes are available as CAD Details on the AEC website.
Technical Notes on Brick Construction are recommendations on the use of fired clay brick. They are explicitly written for fired clay brick which are manufactured:
1) From clay, shale, or similar naturally-occurring earthy substances
2) With a firing process that creates a fired bond between the particles of the brick.
The properties of fired clay brick and the clay brick masonry made from them were used to establish the recommendations in these Technical Notes. Using these recommendations with other products that are not manufactured as outlined above may not result in the same performance associated with fired clay brick masonry. Further use of these Technical Notes for the design, installation and maintenance of construction built with other products may be detrimental to those products and the building on which they are installed. Thus, BIA does not advise the use of these recommendations with other products, including but not limited to those claiming to be similar to fired clay brick products such as “fly ash” brick, concrete brick and other unfired or non-clay brick.
The Brick Industry Association is currently in the process of revising many of the Technical Notes. Technical content will be updated to current standards and construction practices. Other changes will include updated format, graphics, drawings and photographs.
Technical Notes are available individually online or may be ordered as a set through the Brick Bookstore. Once registered, the purchaser of a complete set with a binder will be notified via email of new or revised Technical Notes. Technical Notes Index