Bob asked: How do I remove chalk from brick? My 9-year-old likes to chalk up the side of the house with chalk. We do not know how to remove it easily.
Drawing with chalk can be a great past time for children, especially when they see the textured markings from the rough surface of a brick wall. Removing the chalk is easy, but may take a little time. Make it into a fun cleaning project and include the whole family.
You Will Need:
- Mild soap or detergent
- Scrubbing brushes
Steps to Remove the Chalk:
- Begin by spraying the wall with the hose. If the nozzle can be adjusted, do so to add pressure to the water. If you don’t have a hose, you can wait until after a rain or wet it by hand with a bucket of water and sponge.
- Start at the top and work your way down. As the chalk becomes wet, it will wash away. The water pressure will add additional cleaning power.
- Next, fill a bucket with warm water.
- Add a mild soap or detergent and mix until suds begin to form.
- Dip the scrub brush in the water.
- Scrub the remaining chalk off of the wall.
- Rinse thoroughly with the hose.
- Repeat until all of the chalk is removed.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Do not allow the moistened chalk to dry on the surface, or it will be more difficult to remove. Rinse frequently to keep this from happening.
- Pressure washers are also great for cleaning brick walls. They can be rented from home improvement stores. However, for the removal of chalk, a good garden hose nozzle is sufficient.
- As a last resort, chemicals can be applied to remove the chalk, but this is typically not necessary. If you are unable to remove the chalk with simple cleaning methods, visit your hardware or home improvement store for stronger cleaning products. Use caution and keep these products away from children.