Outdoor masonry installations provide a charming and durable aesthetic to the area that they are installed in, but like all building materials, can provide the perfect surface for moss to grow on, which can ruin the aesthetic of your yard. In order to maintain the appearance of your outdoor masonry, you should regularly remove any moss that may have begun to take root, which you can do with just a few simple tools and materials.
What You'll Need
You should gather all of the tools and materials that you'll be using in order to speed up the cleaning process as much as possible. You'll need a spray bottle, household bleach, safety goggles, safety gloves, warm water, a garden hose, and a broom or stiff bristled brush, all of which are available at most hardware and grocery stores if you don't already have them at home.
If you have plants that you want to protect around the masonry that is covered in moss, you may want to switch out the bleach for vinegar, which is a friendlier version that is still fairly effective.
Removing Moss from Masonry
First things first, you'll want to use the brush to vigorously scrub the moss as much as possible. While this won't effectively remove all of the moss, it will make it easier for the bleach (or vinegar) to penetrate the organic growth and clean off the rest of the masonry.
Then, mix a mixture of half bleach and half warm water in the spray bottle. Make sure that you're wearing your safety goggles and gloves, and then spray the mixture liberally over the affected masonry. Be sure to spray areas even where moss hasn't actually taken root, as there may be seeds or spores that you can't see within the brick.
You'll want to let the bleach mixture sit for about half an hour to soak its way into the brick and kill the moss. Once you've waited, you can use a hose to rinse off the whole area. Be sure to cover every area that you applied the bleach mixture to, as leaving bleach (and even vinegar, though not to the same extent) on your masonry for an extended period of time can cause the color to bleach out of the bricks. You may want to also scrub away at the brick with the brush to remove any dead pieces of moss which may still be stuck on.
For more information, contact a company like Armstrong Sweeping Inc/ASI.
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