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Old brick floor
I want to convert an old stable into a lounge room and an old barn for use as a kitchen. Is it possible to simply clean (very well) the original and excellent condition brick floors or do I have to have something special done to it? Additionally, there is no damp as the buildings are built on a piece of rock. I heard that if I sealed them then this could trap in moisture which could be damaging?
(I prefer the natural appearance) The property is around 130 years old.
Thanks for any help!
Hello, a couple of years ago we renovated a 1879 Victorian property in which we discovered the original brick tiled floor in the dining room. It was relatively sound but needed some TLC and bits of carpet adhesive etc removed
I scraped as much of the sticky residue and other dirt off and then scrubbed the floor with a hard bristle brush and a Patio cleaner that you would use for slabs/block paving etc. Let it dry and then check to see if you need to repeat this process. I did it twice and for a third time in places to ensure the best finish achieveable. I then gave the bricks one coat of an exterior water seal product.
3 years on and the floor still looks great with no problems due to moisture etc so it would seem this method worked in this instance. All the best with your project!
Answered 4th May 2012