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Gentle Way to Clean Exterior Brick on Old Home

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    LESLIE: Jesse in Virginia is on the line and needs some help cleaning some bricks. Tell us what you’re working on.

    JESSE: My wife and I are working on – we are working on renovating a 150-year-old house. And we have recently learned what the true definition of a money pit is. But one of the things that we really want to work on is the exterior brick. We would like to clean it up. Some of the spaces have some moss on the northern side of it. And just, in general, it has 150 years’ worth of crud on it.

    We know that pressure washing is out of the option, just because of the damage it would do to the brick. And I wanted to get you all’s advice. So, is there a better way to clean up the brick?

    TOM: There’s a very gentle cleaner called Wet & Forget that was invented by a couple of New Zealand guys, chemists. And they figured out a way to invent a product that activates with – basically with oxygen and with the sun and kills that algae, kills moss, kills mildew and brightens up those surfaces. It’s used a lot in Florida and places like that. It’s used along – it is used in areas where plant life and …

    LESLIE: Well, they used it on Sydney Opera House.

    TOM: Right. And the Sydney Opera House. They used it there. They use it in places like that. So I would look into Wet & Forget and I think that’s their website: WetAndForget.com. And it’s really easy to apply. You basically just spray it on and walk away.

    Now, it doesn’t – it’s not going to blast the bricks clean but it works over time. So over the days and weeks ahead, you will notice that the algae starts to die and the brick starts to brighten up.

    JESSE: Alright. Well, thank you guys so much. I appreciate it.

    TOM: Alright, Jesse. Good luck with that project. Sounds like a fun house.

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