Brick Flooring

Brick Flooring

Brick Flooring

Brick flooring has been used for centuries in homes and offices, as sidewalks and streets, and for buildings. It’s been popular enough that brick pattern laminate flooring was created for people who wanted the look without having the rough texture and challenge of cleaning brick flooring.

Bricks can create almost any look in your home, from casually elegant to practical and welcoming. It’s easy to care for and durable. Since you can lay it in any number of patterns, you can create the right look for your home.

Brick flooring consists of thin tiles (usually 1/2″ and 15/16″ in thickness) that are applied to floors with mortar or other adhesive. The result is a warm-hued and natural floor that can last for many years. For the customer, a brick floor offers:

  • beautiful, rustic textures

    Brick flooring challenges include:

    • more challenging to clean and install
  • uneven surface
  • rough texture

    Interior brick flooring is made by combining finely ground clays, shale and raw materials to produce hard surfaces. The materials are pressed, cut, and fired in a kiln at high temperatures. The result is thin brick flooring tiles that have the durability and beauty of brick and the convenience of tile flooring. Most manufacturers will apply a sealant or a chemical mixture after firing to seal the porous brick surface to make cleaning easier. Most brick floors will have to be resealed after installation to ensure they are easy to clean.

    A brick flooring interior can be not only attractive but also quite durable. Brick floors vary widely in hardness, depending on the actual combinations of materials that go into their production. Brick floor tiles that have been made from poorer-quality or coarser-ground materials are more porous, softer, and more likely to chip and crack. Higher-quality brick tiles have a hardness comparable to some ceramic tiles, especially when sealed or treated. In general, customers can often find brick tile floors with a Measurement of Hardness (MOH) rating that is 5 or 6.

    Brick floors have been trusted throughout history as practical and durable flooring options. Bricks are in fact considered humanity’s oldest manufactured building material. They have been used since 1330 BC for walls, roads, monuments, floors, and other crucial building projects. When you decide on brick flooring, you are choosing a truly historical and well-established option for your home.

    Brick floors can sometimes be rough and uneven, however. To avoid this, some customers select brick pattern laminate flooring. Brick vinyl flooring provides a smooth and durable surface, while still retaining the beauty of natural brick.

    Some customers also find brick floors challenging and time-consuming to install. While the determined and patient do-it-yourselfer can install brick floor tiles, most customers are generally better off reserving the project for professionals. Many customers are advised to seal their interior brick flooring after installation. Without a sealant, interior brick flooring may be more prone to chipping and harder to clean than other types of flooring. But installing and sealing brick flooring uses lots of chemicals. Consequently, you should hire the work out and arrange to be gone until the floors are completely finished and the house has been well-ventilated.

    Despite the few disadvantages, indoor brick flooring is still a good choice. Thin brick flooring provides beautiful and lasting floors for almost any room of the house. Cleaning brick flooring is generally quite simple, as most brick floors are treated and glazed. To clean these floors, a mop or broom is all that is needed. Brick floors can also be vacuumed. Many patient do-it-yourselfers do find that installing brick flooring is possible with a little perseverance and determination. By far the best advantage of brick floors, though, is their elegant durability. Bricks have been used on roads and have been used to create buildings. If brick can make long-lasting roads and buildings, you know they will stand up to years of foot traffic in your home.

    If you have always wanted a unique, rustic flooring option, brick flooring is a great choice. The fire-proof and fade-proof brick floor is perfect for adding years of beauty to your home, while increasing its value too.

    Comments

    oUR HOUSE IS 20 YEARS PLUS OLD. THE BRICK FLOOR THAT IS IN THE KITCHEN AREA IS A BEAR. THE BUILDER USED TRUE BRICK NOT BRICK TILE. AND THEY SPACED THE BRICK OUT A BIT MORE THAN I WOULD HAVE.

    I CANNOT SEEM TO KEEP IT CLEAN. I HAVE DONE JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING. I AM NOW LOOKING AT SANDING THE BRICK JUST TO TRY TO GET IT CLEAN. ANY SUGGESTIONS?

    JO at September 9, 2007 9:01 PM

    I don’t have personal experience with brick flooring; brick pavers yes. Sealing brick pavers helps keep them soil resistant. I don’t know if you can effectively sand your bricks to clean them or not, because I don’t know what they are dirty with. If you have oily stains, they may be permanent.

    If you can live with the level of «dirty» you presently have, clean them as best you can and then seal them with several coats of brick sealant.

    The Flooring Lady at September 10, 2007 10:18 AM

    I am thinking about purchasing a house that has brick flooring. But the brick floor has two problems. One is that it seems to be sunken inward in a few areas. Generally the surface is not very even, but in two different rooms there are areas where it curves inward, these areas are perhaps 4’x2.5′ or so. The agent says it is because the brick was built on a sand foundation and it does not represent structural issues for the house. Of course we would have it inspected, but even if it is not a structural issue we wonder what could be done about this and how expensive it would be to fix. Or would we just obscure it with furniture somehow. Is this a dealbreaker?

    Secondly, in some places the brick has a nice glossy sheen, but in other places it looks as if covered by a dull grey dust. I read online that this could be cleaned and it may be «efflorescence,» but we wonder how much of an issue this would be.

    Thanks so much in advance. Otherwise we really like the home, but the sunken floor seems like a big issue. Your help is appreciated!

    Secondly,

    Douglas at October 29, 2007 8:53 PM

    Where can I find a step-by-step install for brick floors? or Pavers. thanks

    Jason at October 31, 2007 7:12 AM

    I’d be surprised if the bricks were directly on the sand if this is in the house. My guess is the floor joists and subfloor aren’t beefy enough for the brick flooring. Do get an inspection (they are a good idea for all sorts of reasons).

    If my guess is correct you can fix it by adding braces and another layer of subfloor, or replacing the one that’s there. That takes time and money to do that, but an inspection will tell you if you need to do it for structural reasons.

    If you don’t have to do it for structural reasons then it’s your decision as to whether to disguise it, repair it or move on.

    I’d like to hear what you learn from your inspection and what you decide to do.

    The Flooring Lady at October 31, 2007 9:18 AM

    Thank you for the input!

    We’ll look at the house once more this week and if we still like it we’ll go ahead with the inspection. I’ll report back.

    Would one solution be to cover the brick with a wood floor? Is there a way to make the wood flooring level atop the brick without damaging the original brick (in case someone wanted to revert to it later)? Would it be a travesty to cover a unique brick floor with wood (I know this is subjective)? It’s a little dark in the area with the brick so it might really brighten up the place to use a light colored wood and that might be less expensive than redoing the brick.

    Thanks again!!

    Douglas at October 31, 2007 2:44 PM

    You could cover the brick, but that will only add to the weight that may already be too much for the subfloor, and it will add height to the floor which could cause problems with doors, cabinets and stubbed toes.

    The wood will also eventually bow until it’s touching the bricks, so you have that sagging problem again. And if the added weight is a problem, it could get worse faster. Yes a lighter wood will brighten the area, but at what expense?

    If that area happens to be a single-story the addition of sun tubes in the room will brighten it nicely. But first, find out why the floor is sagging.

    The Flooring Lady at October 31, 2007 4:11 PM

    I am changing my floors and have always wanted to have brick floors installed. Brick is timeless. I love the look. However, now that I need find the brick — I am overwhemed. I never realized all the choices of brick. I love the black bricks, burgandy and white — typic bricks, but I am afraid it will be too busy looking on my floor. Any suggestions?

    lk at November 8, 2007 10:39 AM

    I always think of brick as the terra cotta color, but that’s of course my limited image of them. I think the size of your space will make some difference as to how busy you can make it look with the changing colors. If your space is big enough you could create a wonderful old-world feel with the various colored bricks inter-mixed.

    The pattern you select will make a difference too. Maybe you need to select your installation pattern first, and then lay the bricks out in that pattern to see how you like them.

    Don’t forget to make sure the floor structure is sturdy enough for the brick. You’d hate to go to the trouble and expense only to have it crack because of floor movement.

    The Flooring Lady at November 8, 2007 4:53 PM

    I have a 45+ year old brick floor. It has some type of solid sealer/varinsh on it, will acetone be the right thing to get it back to its original state? Then what I use to seal it?

    TJ at December 1, 2007 12:18 PM

    I’d be careful using acetone on your brick floor. One, it’s harmful to you, and anyone else — including pets — in the house. It could also damage the brick. Instead, find a specially formulated brick stripping compound and follow the directions carefully.

    There are a variety of specially formulated sealants for brick floors. You can choose between a film-forming sealant and a penetrating sealant. There are differing opinions about which is better, but the film-forming will be a better protection from stains.

    You want to use either a water-based polyurethane that won’t yellow, or an acrylic product. Be aware these products can darken the brick color and even add a sheen that’s not there before hand. This type of sealant is harder to maintain in the long-run though, because it has to be either removed or abraded before a new coat is applied.

    The Flooring Lady at December 1, 2007 11:52 PM

    I have always wanted a brick floor, even if it is a vinyl flooring in my kitchen and dining area. However, I cannot find any such vinyl flooring that looks like old fashioned brick floors. We purchased our house over 30 years ago. At that time, we were able to find such a vinyl. However, we refinished the area where we had the vinyl and now have wide pine floors. I have MS and need to have a floor that will be easy for me to keep clean.

    If anyone knows of a manufacturer of a brick vinyl flooring, please let me know. even if it is a commercial flooring. Thanks so much.

    Betty Dahlberg at December 29, 2007 4:23 PM

    I found a few sites that may have solutions for you.

    1. Tarkett Commercial may have a brick floor pattern, though I couldn’t find a picture of it. It’s one of their Azrock vinyl products.

    2. Nafco seems to have a brick patterned vinyl.

    There may be more, but my favored Forbo and Armstrong didn’t have an obvious brick vinyl or linoleum flooring product.

    Good luck.

    The Flooring Lady at December 29, 2007 6:05 PM

    Good morning! I have a brick floor, and it really needs to be stripped and resealed. I am having a VERY hard time finding someone who can do this for me. Can you point me in the right direction? We live in Michigan. near Lansing. Thank you!

    Jennifer Simmons at January 11, 2008 8:00 AM

    I wish I knew someone in that area who could help you. But I don’t. Maybe your plea for help will be seen by someone in the area, or someone moving to the area.

    I’m going to run down the list of places you can look, just to make sure you’ve turned over every brick (play on words intended). Flooring stores that sell brick, floor installers who install brick, floor refinishers, builders who say they install brick floors. Commercial buildings that have stone/brick floors might have a maintenance crew or contractor who can moonlight on your floor project.

    I wouldn’t do it either, but as a last effort you could do it yourself with time and elbow grease. I’ll hope you can find someone to help.

    The Flooring Lady at January 11, 2008 9:13 AM

    I am remodeling my home and am very interested in using brick pavers for a large area of flooring. I need something durable and love the homey feel of brick flooring. I’ve seen a gorgeous combination of brick pavers installed within a grid pattern of hand scraped wood planks. Do you have any information or ideas on such a combination?

    C Rice at January 14, 2008 11:06 PM

    Sorry for the slow response — it was a travel day. I have seen similar installations and think they are great. One design was ceramic tiles with a patterned tile thrown in for variety, all held together and apart by the grid of wood planks. The rougher look of hand-scraped wood planks sounds perfect with the rougher look of brick pavers.

    Things to pay attention to include the brick pattern to make sure it fits with the plank grid, the thickness of the the pavers and the planks so you don’t have height variations in the floor, and protecting all the elements of the floor (sealing the different products with their better sealants and at what stage).

    I bet you’ll create a fabulous look. If you have more specific questions please ask. And send a picture when you are done so I can post it here for others to get ideas from.

    The Flooring Lady at January 15, 2008 6:22 PM

    We will be building our house soon and looking into brick floor in the kitchen area. Can you tell me if there would be a specific kind to use for indoors and if anyone can direct me to who sells it.

    meme at January 30, 2008 8:10 AM

    Brick pavers are typically the type of brick used inside. Your yellow pages, if you are in a metro area, will list the people who sell them. Your builder should also have leads on suppliers.

    Make sure the subfloor is a 3/4″ plywood/OSB and the joists are sturdy to support the weight.

    The Flooring Lady at January 30, 2008 9:59 AM

    We’ve lived in our home for 11 years. The brick floors are in all the living areas of our home. The bricks — by appearance and discussion with previous owner — are full-size bricks installed when the house was built. Do they need to be treated differently than brick tile?

    About 6 weeks ago, a number of white splotches appeared suddenly on the brick in the kitchen after mopping. What might cause this? How can I restore their appearance. Your help is appreciated!

    Debbie S at February 10, 2008 11:34 AM

    I don’t have experience with regular bricks used as flooring so can’t really address how it should be treated in comparison to brick tile/brick pavers. I’m going to guess though that the finish of a regular brick isn’t as smooth as a paver and probably not as impervious to water and spills.

    I’m wondering if the white splotches are efflorescence, or mineral deposits from leaching out of the brick; usually that’s associate with water issues. You can try to clean it with phosphoric acid, but be sure to clean it with a mild detergent after and then rinse with water.

    The Flooring Lady at February 10, 2008 2:37 PM

    I want to put brick pavers in my kitchen.

    Our house is built off the ground.

    Will that make a difference putting the brick pavers down. Some advice was given that with the house settling that it might crack the

    morter. Please let me know if you think it is ok

    to use the brick pavers?

    Jonna at February 18, 2008 9:15 PM

    Settling homes can cause all kinds of problems from the floor up to the ceiling. But the biggest issue of using brick pavers in your kitchen is the strength of the floor structure.

    How closely spaced are the floor joists? What thickness subfloor do you have? You can strengthen any floor structure with braces and thick subfloor to make your brick flooring durable.

    The Flooring Lady at February 19, 2008 10:37 AM

    i have been in my home for 1 year. we put down brick pavers made out of concrete on top of a slab.after they were sealed we began to see water spots appear on the surface.we striped the sealer off and applied a water soluable sealer.it was not very effective,the bricks look dirty and the finish gums up when water gets on it.we were told that the slab has water in it and the only way for it to escape was through the bricks.we want someone to come and refinish the bricks.we live outside of new orleans and baton rouge louisiana.if you know anyone who could help please let me know.

    holly watson at March 12, 2008 9:24 AM

    As I read your story I too felt there was a water problem. You need to fix the water seeping into your flooring before you go any further with sealing your bricks.

    I don’t know any Baton Rouge/New Orleans workers. Anyone else out there?

    The Flooring Lady at March 12, 2008 10:22 PM

    I’m thinking about putting the thin brick pavers down in an addition foyer found at places like Lowe’s. will they break more easily.

    sandy smith at April 9, 2008 12:09 PM

    When you talk about thin brick pavers, how thin are you talking about? Pavers are thinner than regular bricks. Are you talking something even thinner than a regular paver?

    If you are installing pavers, be sure to have at least 3/4″ subfloor of plywood or OSB. And if the house is old and the joists are further apart than 18″, beef up the floor support too. You don’t want the floor flexing since that’s what breaks the grout and the pavers.

    The Flooring Lady at April 9, 2008 12:39 PM

    Have you heard of a brick flooring product called portstone? You might want to check out their website. 1/4″ thick, made in sheets, beautiful colors, easy to install.

    Dennis at April 25, 2008 10:47 AM

    Hi Dennis — I’m over at their website now, or should I say still. I like it!

    The Flooring Lady at April 25, 2008 9:18 PM

    We have 300 sq ft of regular brick that someone gave us. We have just bought a house that is built off the ground (not on a slab). Is there any hope of using these bricks as a floor?

    Mary K. at April 27, 2008 8:27 PM

    Hi Mary, you have a very interesting question. If you really want to use these bricks you need to strengthen your floor to support the bricks. For brick pavers (face bricks) that are generally used for flooring one would need to have at least 3/4″ subfloor and reinforced floor joists and supports. For this kind of brick you’ll need, IMHO, at LEAST 1-1/2″ subfloor and super-reinforced floor joists and supports. I realize this may involve way more than what you’re hoping for, but you don’t want your floors to give under the weight of the brick — that would truly be a horrible thing to happen!

    The Flooring Lady at April 28, 2008 8:22 PM

    I have brick pavers in my kitchen which have been sealed and waxed for over 25 years. A wet rug has now left a few of them whitish. What can I use to bring back the original brick color? CB

    charles at May 26, 2008 9:10 AM

    How long ago did this happen? If it was just in the last couple days, I’d give it a while (about a week) to see if the white marks fade away as the 25 years of wax dries out thoroughly. If it doesn’t go away, I’d try buffing it with a white pad. If that still doesn’t work, I’d be afraid that the floor will need stripped, I don’t think that you could just do the damaged area as spot-work stripping & refinishing considering it’s been there for 25 years. You could try it, but don’t be suprised if you’re not pleased with the results. If you’re planning on putting an area rug in the same location, then spot-fixing it just might work.

    The Flooring Lady at May 26, 2008 9:28 PM

    My daughter has a large house with @ 3,000 sq. ft. of brick flooring. She would like to clean and refinish the surface but we don’t know the right process or products to use. Can you help us.

    Paul from Indiana

    P Martin at June 9, 2008 6:48 AM

    Hi Paul!

    There are a variety of specially formulated sealants for brick floors. You can choose between a film-forming sealant and a penetrating sealant. There are differing opinions about which is better, but the film-forming will be a better protection from stains.

    You want to use either a water-based polyurethane that won’t yellow, or an acrylic product. Be aware these products can darken the brick color and even add a sheen that’s not there before hand. This type of sealant is harder to maintain in the long-run though, because it has to be either removed or abraded before a new coat is applied.

    You’re best bet would be to check your local hardware/building supply store and start checking out your options for stripping, resealing and possibly a good polish. Pay attention to the VOC ratings, as your daughter sure doesn’t need something that’s going to be off-gassing for a long period and endagering her health. There are some good low/no VOC products out there.

    Just be sure that the products you buy are specifically formulated for brick flooring, follow the manufacturer’s directions and don’t be afraid to call them or visit their website for more in-depth information and ansers to questions you might have.

    Remember too, that chances are she’ll be looking at applying a few coats of sealer and most likely at least a couple good coats of polish. Sanding the brick may also be in her future after stripping, some people do this if the sealer was worn away in areas and there’s dirt that’s very difficult to remove. of course, I don’t know what condition your daughter’s floors are in.

    Best of luck, and if you or your daughter have any more questions please feel free to drop back in!

    The Flooring Lady at June 9, 2008 11:15 AM

    I just had a screened in porch built with a brick paver floor. These pavers are solid and the size and thickness of a brick. My problem is the mason jointed the floor as you would do on a brick wall. I have been told these is no way now to go back and have motar added so the floor is smooth. Do you have any ideas of how this can be fixed?

    Gary at June 17, 2008 6:37 AM

    Hi Gary,

    I’m not sure I understand your problem. Are you saying that the floor isn’t level or that the bricks are uneven because there’s no mortar in between the bricks? Are the bricks butted up right against each other? If you could help describe some more of how the floor was laid I’d be happy to try to help.

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    The Flooring Lady at June 17, 2008 11:27 AM

    We are considering a brick floor for our cabin. It will be footed slab with in floor radiant heat. Is it possible to steam clean recycled old chicago brick floor with a terra cotta sealant?

    Jennifer at July 21, 2008 1:32 PM

    Hi Jennifer,

    I’m not following you completely, could you clarify a couple things for me? «Is it possible to steam clean recycled old chicago brick floor with a terra cotta sealant?» Do you mean steam cleaning it before or after it’s been laid? Is the sealant already on it or is this something you want to do? I presume the terra cotta sealant is a sealant made for terra cotta products and not a sealant color, right?

    The Flooring Lady at July 22, 2008 10:39 AM

    The website that sells the bricks recommends a terra cotta sealant once the floor has been laid. It is my understanding that no color is involved in the sealant. Since our cabin floor is going to take alot of abuse from kids and dogs, (it will also be in the kitchen), I’m just wondering if cleaning this floor is going to be an issue for me. Only sweeping it may not handle the grease from a kitchen or the wet spots from soggy dogs. Should I be looking in the direction of slate flooring instead of brick? We have not started construction yet, but I’ve been living in this cabin in my mind and wondering if brick flooring with all it’s charm, is not practical. I’m just trying to figure out how to clean it.

    Jennifer at July 22, 2008 1:19 PM

    Hi Jennifer!

    That’s so much more helpful! So long as the sealant is a penetrating sealant, you should be ok — just don’t be stingy with it. As far as cleaning, the main issue I would think would be that you will have an uneven surface even after sealing and dirt can be more difficult to remove on uneven surfaces than flat, even surfaces. Cleaners are going to depend on the recommendations of the manufacturer that makes the sealant, so it’d be best to check with them once you find out for sure what you’re going to seal it with. Make sure to find out too if the sealer will repel water and grease.

    I love the idea of using old recycled brick because it’s the «green» thing to do, but also wonder if you’ve considered brick pavers since they’re not as soft as old bricks can be.

    One last thought, don’t know if it will make a difference to you or not. ;

    ) Brick floors can be a tad uncomfortable on the feet, especially when standing for quite a while. If you should decide to use any throw rugs, be careful of the kind that have non-skid backing. Many times the backing will stick to the floor and you’ll have a devil of a time gitting it back off again.

    Oh, one more last thought. really! Be sure to keep your dog’s nails trimmed — I hear from lots of people about dog’s toenails scratching the finish on their floors — more associated with wood, slate & Saltillo, but the same would go for those old bricks.

    Good luck and I’m sure you’ll love your floor — just be prepared & aware of what the «cons» are and they won’t be so bothersome!

    The Flooring Lady at July 22, 2008 4:50 PM

    Thank you so much for your prompt response to my emails. I think you understand my concept. If only I could introduce you to my contractor.

    PS. Thank you for the toenail tip!!

    Jennifer at July 23, 2008 4:41 PM

    You’re welcome Jennifer — that’s what I try to be here for. You’ll have to pop back in to let me know how your floor turned out! ;o)

    The Flooring Lady at July 24, 2008 12:08 PM

    My wife and I are considering brick paver flooring in our living room; we long for a natural, old-fashioned look. If our cat should have an «accident,» how easily, and by what method, could it be cleaned? Will urine penetrate the brick causing a permanent smell? Which sealant preparations, if any, can be done to assure that it will not be a a constant source of anxiety for us?

    Brad at July 30, 2008 4:24 PM

    Hi Brad,

    It’s going to depend on the paver manufacturer’s recommendations. Once you figure out which paver you want to use then you can give the manufacturer a call. Cat urine will probably have to be cleaned up quickly though — you know what it can do. When you seal the pavers, don’t skimp on the sealants and any other finishes you might use. You didn’t mention what kind of a base is in your living room, whether it’s on a slab (concrete) or has floor joists. Make sure that the floor joists are strong enough, and if they’re not, you’ll need to beef them up to make them sturdier.

    The Flooring Lady at July 30, 2008 8:39 PM

    I live in an adobe home that was built in the 1980’s, it has brick floors. I believe they are pavers, about 2″ thick. I have no idea what they were sealed with, or if they were ever sealed. I’ve noticed they’re looking dingy, and no matter how much I vacuum and mop I still come away with dirt and grime. I’m interested in really deep cleaning them. and getting on my hands and knees and scrubbing sounds really unappealing. Is there a way to steam clean them? Or would a Rug Doctor work, if I left out the chemicals? Any ideas? Thanks!

    Kay at August 1, 2008 4:27 PM

    Hi Kay,

    Well, if the pavers were indeed sealed at one time, they aren’t any more. You could try StainSolver. which is a product like OxyClean, but better.

    AquaMix has a good line of products as well, the clickable link will take you to their page of products that are formulated for bricks. There are other brands too, I’m sure you’ll be able to find something once you read the product information and figure out just what you need. ;

    By the way, I’m going on the assumption that you have pavers made of brick, not clay.

    Good Day,

    We are buying a 1962 home. the front door entry way and kitchen has brick flooring. However, the brick colors are very different. The entry way brick is pretty dark and somewhat distressed while the kitchen brick is quite tan. We do not care for the kitchen brick color. is there any product that will darken the brick to match the beautiful entry way?

    Thanks so much in advance!

    Take a look at the AquaMix products for brick. They do have some color enriching sealers that will darken brick, though I don’t know how close it will be to the color in the entry way. I’ve heard of some people actually staining tiles & bricks with materials such as wood stain, craft stains, even transmission fluid. It’s possible you might have to strip your floor too, though that might remove some of that old patina in your entrance way. You might want to play with some different products if you have a spot that’s rather unobtrusive — is there a kitchen closet with the brick or even under your sink? Might be worth a shot.

    Hello I was curious if you had any advice on where to by brick pavers at. Thanks Lee

    lee at August 12, 2008 7:54 PM

    Hi Lee,

    I don’t know where you are, so I really don’t have any ‘real’ suggestions. Home Depot, Lowe’s, True Value, other building supply stores can be a start. You can also look around on the internet (do a Google search) and type in your state and possibly nearest city in with the search. You’ll run into paver manufacturer’s sites too and can usually find out if they have dealers in your area. Good luck!

    The Flooring Lady at August 12, 2008 11:19 PM

    We have a brick archway in the kitchen that has been painted numerous times. We have stripped off most of the paint and now we need to seal it. I have seen you recommend sealing, but I can’t find what you recommend to seal with. Help!

    Connie at August 19, 2008 6:20 AM

    Hi Connie,

    There are products that are made specifically for sealing brick — you’d probably be able to find something at your local Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc. AquaMix has a good line of products, I don’t know if they’re available where you are though.

    The Flooring Lady at August 19, 2008 12:41 PM

    My husband and I are in the process of installing a brick floor in our kitchen. I would not recommend it to anyone! The process is tedious and labor-intensive. After grouting, we clean every brick by hand with a wet sponge. It takes several swipes to get the grout off the brick. Is there an easier way.

    Jennifer at August 20, 2008 8:58 AM

    Hi Jennifer,

    Sorry, there isn’t an easier way. It’s work — plain and simple. Not difficult, just tedious. Did you seal the brick before you laid it? It makes it easier to clean up the grout that gets on the brick.

    The Flooring Lady at August 21, 2008 6:35 PM

    We are building a new house and had old brick floors installed in several of the rooms downstairs. Our problem is that the floors were sealed (with a breathable finish) before they were dry after cleaning. As a result they are milky and are becoming much rougher. I do not know how I will mop the floors they are so rough. I have old brick floors in our current home and they are smooth. Is there a sanding process that will help? At this point, what can I do?

    Anne at August 29, 2008 8:14 AM

    Hello Anne,

    You’ve certainly got a dilemma, I hope your bricks can be saved. It’s going to take some work though. Brick is porous and sealing them before they were completely dry was a big mistake. You’re going to have to try to deep-strip the sealer.

    You’ll need products like AquaMix SEALER & COATING REMOVER, which is a non-flammable, multi-purpose stripper formulated to stay wet longer which gives the product time to remove most sealers, epoxy grout haze, urethane coatings, synthetic finishes, adhesives, and paints. Also dissolves deep-set stains and removes heavy grease buildup. (Yes, I copied/pasted from their website! ).

    You might also need something like their Eff-Ex if the stripper doesn’t remove all of the efflorescence (that’s why it’s so rough).

    If you can’t find these products in your area, I think you can order from their website, or at least find something similar locally. Their link for the MSDS sheets is located at the bottom of their page.

    Best of luck!

    The Flooring Lady at August 29, 2008 10:51 PM

    Dear Flooring Lady,

    We bought a 1953 ranch home that has brick floors. Apparently it wasn’t laid over a backer board and some of the mortar has come out. We want to patch the mortar but don’t know what modern product to use to match the dark gray color of the old mortar. Can you help?

    Kim and Loretta in Tulsa.

    Kim Jones at September 6, 2008 4:54 PM

    Hi Kim & Loretta,

    It shouldn’t matter what kind of grout you use, but might need to buy it in a couple colors so that you can custom mix the color. I find that sand grouts are easier to use for this.

    The Flooring Lady at September 7, 2008 11:38 AM

    What product/brand name of the film forming finishes would you suggest using on the brick floor and where would I find this to purchase. I have had a brick floor for 20 years and no one can seem to tell me how to finish this. I would like it to have a gloss finish so that I can easily mop and does not yellow.

    Barbara at September 8, 2008 10:52 AM

    I have been using Quick Shine on brick floors for a long time to give them a beautiful shine. My problem is that the last time I used the Quick Shine, I got distracted after squirking a long stream on the brick floor. When I mopped the floor, I was left with discoloration on the brick where the Quick Shine was squirked. I tried using hot water, didn’t work. I tried using more Quick Shine, didn’t work. When the floor dried, I am left with lines of spots that look like the brick was bleached. Help.

    Is there anything I can do to get these wax spots up? If these are spots. If the Quick Shine did «bleach» the bricks, what can I do?

    Marilyn at September 16, 2008 9:34 PM


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