Over the years the brick on your home can fade and wash out due to the sun's rays. Applying a brick stain can help to rejuvenate it. The following steps will show you how you can replenish the look of your bricks or give them an entirely new color.
Step 1 - Cleaning the Brick Face for Staining
Regardless of the job at hand it always needs to be cleaned prior to being stained or painted. The goal with this is to try and remove any grease that could break down the paint or dirt that can make for a void in the finished surface. Brick is no different than any other porous rock and depending on your location, it may actually get dirtier than other rock materials.
Fill the power washer with warm water and then add a few drops of mild soap to it. Swish the water around in the drum in order to make the water sudsy. Pick a starting point on the brick. Usually working from the top down and from the outside to in is the best course of action. Use even strokes vertically and then horizontally. Allow the soapy mix to sit on the brick.
Clean out the drum of the power washer thoroughly to remove any soap residue.
Fill the power washer with warm water and begin power washing the brick face again. The goal here is to remove any particles clinging to the brick, and to clean off the soap.
Step 2 - Masking the Mortar
This is a purely optional step and it's up to you whether or not you wish to keep the mortar as is, or want it stained like the brick. If you want the mortar stained then ignore this step. Otherwise you will use the painter's tape and begin taping the mortar between each brick.
Step 3 - Staining the Brick
Choose a brick stain that you're happy with and also decide how you want to apply the stain. You can use a myriad of brushes or the sprayer. You can also leave it as one coat or apply several, and you can even wipe away the stain after you've applied it. Ultimately, read the packaging to determine the suggestions of the manufacturer.
Put on the protective mask, gloves and goggles.
Fill the disposable reservoir with stain (or the sprayer).
Using either your brush or sprayer, begin applying the stain to the brick face. Make sure you do so in one direction and be methodical. Wipe away any drips.
Wait for the stain to dry and determine if you need another coat. When you are satisfied with the color of the stain, you can apply a coat or two of polyurethane.
When you're finished you can remove the painter's tape.