Repointing Brickwork Stairs

What You'll Need
Wire brush
Spray bottle or hose
Tuck-pointing trowel

The process of repointing brickwork is required if the bricks' mortaring has started to wear away. Brick stairs are highly susceptible to wearing away because they get frequent pressure from foot traffic. Follow the simple steps below to effectively repaint your brick steps.

Step 1 - Removing the Eroded Mortar

To begin, you must remove the old mortar. Eroded mortar is much softer and relatively easy to remove by tapping it away with a chisel and mallet.

Step 2 - Cleaning Up

When you are ready, clean up the dust and debris. You may need to use a wire brush to remove residue from the joints.

Step 3 - Misting

Dampen the brick steps by spraying some water. It is better if they are moistened.

Step 4 - Mix the Mortar

Next, follow the package's directions with regards to the amount of water to add. Make sure to mix it well with a trowel until you achieve the right consistency.

Step 5 - Applying the Mortar

Use a tuck-pointing trowel to start filling up the joints with the mortar. Make sure to fill each space well, and then press the mortar down. Try to be as neat as possible by removing any excess mortar and smoothening it.