If there’s a trend we still can’t get enough of, it’s the exposed brick wall. For some lucky homeowners, stripping away plasterboard’s reveals beautiful brick walls, which impart timeless texture, warmth, and character to a space. There’s nothing quite like original clay-and-mortar blocks to recall a home’s history — after all, fired bricks have been around for thousands of years And, whether left raw or painted, the look lends itself to a range of styles from rustic to industrial.
But there are some drawbacks to uncovering the literal building blocks of your house, the least of which is the challenge of hanging artwork (solution: drill into the mortar, and use anchors). There’s also the fact that interior sections, or single skin walls, were generally made with lower quality materials than exteriors, and they were often laid by beginners learning the art of masonry.
But the biggest problem of all? Though they may look sturdy, exposed brick is actually quite porous, making it susceptible to the absorption of both dirt and moisture, the latter of which can lead to deterioration and mould issues. Not so ideal now!
That’s why it’s so important to apply a sealant or acrylic-based paint to your interior brick and mortar to help protect against humidity. To dust, use a microfibre cloth or your vacuum’s brush attachment. For a deep clean mix a little water with equal parts salt and mild washing up liquid. Scrub the paste onto the wall with a stiff brush and let sit for ten minutes. Finally, use a wet sponge and bucket of water to rinse the homemade solution off the wall.
No brick under your plaster? Then there is still hope with realistic looking brick and stone patterned wallpaper – a fun and easy way to try out the trend!