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Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

How To Clean Block Walls

by Eugene Jones

Whether they're inside or outside your home, block walls can get incredibly dirty over time. Cinder block walls possess a highly porous surface, making them very susceptible to the absorption of dirt. If block walls aren't cleaned on a regular basis, they can get dingy and moldy. Here are a few tips that will help you clean block walls.

Use a Pressure Washer

If you haven't cleaned your cinder block walls in a long time, it is especially vital that you use a pressure washer for the job. Many homeowners make the mistake of using just water and brute force in order to clean their block walls. Not only does this take a very long time, but it is also usually ineffective. Water and brute force alone are usually not enough to penetrate the porous surface of the block walls and remove the accumulation of dirt, dust, and surface grime. Therefore, you should definitely use a pressure washer for the job. Not only will the pressure washer remove dirt, dust, and surface grime, but it will also remove any peeling paint from the surface of the cinder block walls. 

Use a Heavy-Duty Cleaner

Even if you use a pressure washer, water may not be enough to get the cinder block walls to a pristine condition. If this appears to be the case for you, use a heavy-duty cleaner with water to clean the block walls. An excellent heavy-duty cleaner to use on cinder block walls is trisodium phosphate. Add a few cups of trisodium phosphate to a gallon or two of hot water. Stir the mixture in the pump sprayer until the trisodium phosphate dissolves in the hot water completely. Use the pump sprayer to spray the trisodium phosphate solution onto the cinder block surface. You should take the time to wet the cinder block walls thoroughly. Let the solution seep into the block walls before scrubbing them with a stiff-bristled or deck brush. After the brushing, rinse the block walls off with cold water. If the cinder block walls were very dirty, some stains may still remain. Repeat the trisodium phosphate application until the stains are completely gone.

As you can see, cleaning the surface of cinder block walls doesn't have to be hard, even if you've neglected the cinder block walls for many years. Just follow the tips listed above and you will likely get the block walls to a pristine condition. For more tips, contact a company like Dansons Landscaping Inc.