How Do I Look After My Brick Slips Once They’re Installed?
One of the many benefits of brickwork is the hardwearing nature. It doesn’t take much looking after at all.
If your brick slips are being used somewhere messy, such as a kitchen splashback, we recommend using our brick slip sealant on them. This will just give an extra layer of protection against the moisture around in those areas, or against any food splatters for example. You may also want to do this anywhere else to make it even easier to remove any stains from day to day life if it’s a heavy traffic.
How Do I Attach Fixings to The Brick Slip Wall?
You can put up shelves and hang your pictures with no problem, unfortunately nails are not an option though. You need to use a masonry drill bit to go through the tiles, and make sure you go through the wall behind too for security. The mortar is easier to drill through, but also easier to replicate in colour if you do need to refill the hole at any point, a hole in a brick tile is more difficult to fill without it being obvious. You can then use a raw plug and screw into it.
Best practice is to always make sure your raw plugs and screws are long enough to be comfortably into your plasterboard or blockwork, this will mean around 35mm-40mm long at the least.
How Can I Clean the Brick Slips?
If you get stains such as marker pen, or food spillages etc on the brick, we recommend trying to remove them with simple household cleaners and a clean cloth, sponge or kitchen roll.
If for any reason this doesn’t solve the stain, simply mix baking soda, washing up liquid and a small amount of warm water into a paste and apply it with a reasonably soft brush, then after it has dried (around 15-20 mins) scrub the brick, and use a wet paper towel to clean off the residue.
If you have mortar on them from the installation, the only real way to clean them up is with brick acid (muriatic acid), this is strong stuff so please follow the instructions carefully.
Is It Easy To Remove The Brick Slips?
The only reason we can see for removing your brick tiles is to replace them with another blend of brick slips…
However if for some reason you do want to remove them, it’s just like any other tile- they will come off with a hammer and chisel to break the adhesive apart from it’s connection to the wall.
The great thing about brick is that it has been proven to cope with the elements outside over centuries, so it really is low maintenance.