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Maintaining a Brick Floor

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Installation Maintenance Precautions

Sealing a Brick Floor

Brick in its natural state is quite porous and will need to be sealed in order to protect it from liquid staining and penetration. In some cases, brick will come prefinished with a powerful commercial sealer applied to the entire paver. If not, the floor will need to be coated with a sealing agent immediately after installation and before use.

Brick masonry sealer is sold in gallons, and can usually be found at your local hardware store. Before applying it, make sure that the floor is completely dry and free of any debris or dirt. You don’t want to seal a stain into the surface. You may also want to test the sealer on a small out of the way corner of the floor to see what it looks like and make sure that it doesn’t cause streaks.

The sealer is poured in a bucket or paint tray and applied with a foam brush. The entire surface of the floor should get a thin, even coat, making sure to include both paver faces and the grout lines between them. When finished allow the floor to dry completely. and applied with a foam brush. The entire surface of the floor should get a thin, even coat, making sure to include both paver faces and the grout lines between them. When finished allow the floor to dry completely.

You can then test the seal by dripping a small amount of water onto the surface of the brick.

If the water beads up, you have successfully sealed the material. However, if it soaks into the bricks then you will have to clean and dry the floor and apply another coat of sealer to it.