How to Clean Brick Flooring For Home – TheFlooringlady

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

Why is Brick Flooring Widely Preferred?

Bricks can create almost any look in your home, from casually elegant to practical and welcoming. Brick floors are easy to care for and exceptionally durable. Since you can lay brick in any number of patterns, you can create a high-design, one of a kind look for your home. A lot of people opt for brick flooring these days due to the multiple possibilities it brings to the table.

Advantages of Brick Flooring

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. Some of the greatest advantages of brick flooring include:

  • Fade-Resistant: As you can tell by driving through any town in any state, bricks maintain their beauty in the face of sun exposure. Brick homes and buildings do not fade in the sun, and neither will your brick floors.
  • Fire-Retardant: Brick is a natural flooring option that, like stone, is fire retardant. This makes brick flooring a great choice for homes, especially in the kitchen. If the idea of a home fire worries you, consider brick flooring to alleviate some of that worry.
  • Durability: Brick resists wear and tear much better for much longer than most flooring options; certainly much longer than options like hardwoods or carpeting. Roads have been paved with bricks, monuments have been built with bricks, and if you choose brick flooring for your home, you will find it will last for decades or longer.
  • The Feel: Not only does brick flooring provide an anti-slip surface, but brick stays cool in warmer weather and holds in heat in colder weather. While bricks themselves are rough, interior brick floors are sealed and therefore much smoother than what you may imagine. While incredibly durable, brick floors actually have a surprisingly soft feel underfoot.
  • The Look: This is, of course, the greatest advantage to brick flooring. The beautiful, rustic textures and warm coloring of the floors make brick a homey choice that can range from elegant to rough-hewn. While brick floors are inexpensive, they still manage to exude a special kind of sophistication and vintage appeal that make brick flooring a really special choice for the home.

Challenges in Choosing Interior Brick Flooring

There are, of course, challenges to using interior brick flooring. Some of the most significant of these challenges include:

  • Installation: While installing brick flooring is possible for anyone, it really is recommended that you find a professional who has experience installing interior brick floors, which can be more of a challenge in some areas or if your budget does not allow for hiring a professional.
  • Maintenance: While cleaning and maintaining brick floors is not necessarily more difficult than with any other flooring option, it does require special considerations, especially when selecting cleaning solutions or when dealing with repairs.
  • Uneven Surface: If installed incorrectly or on an uneven or not solid foundation, brick floors can become uneven.
  • Rough Texture: While interior brick floors are typically sealed, making them significantly smoother, unsealed brick can be rough, especially at any edges.

All You Need to Know About Interior Brick Flooring

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.

One will note that there is a huge importance placed on the ability to clean the brick flooring post installation. This can especially be noted in the case of brick pattern laminate flooring, where the challenge of cleaning brick flooring is adequately addressed. Laminate flooring suppliers, such as  Lumber Liquidators, offer laminate flooring in a wide range of styles and colors, mimicking all types of traditional flooring but offering the ease of cleaning and maintenance in tandem with the low price that has come to make laminate such a popular choice for homeowners.

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.

Installing Brick Flooring

Installing exterior brick flooring is not such a difficult task in theory. With a bit of practice, one can lay brick flooring without any professional help. However, when laying interior brick or laying pavers in a congested space, or if you have to remove existing flooring prior to laying the brick, it is recommended that you seek expert help. Hiring a professional is the best way to head off any potential trouble, which can save you a lot of headache in the future.

Interior brick floors can be both challenging and time-consuming to install. While the determined and patient do-it-yourselfer can install interior brick floors, most customers are generally better off reserving the project for professionals. Generally, it is advised to seal the 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.

Alternate Brick Flooring Options: Brick Laminate and Brick Vinyl Tiles

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 make the choice to use brick flooring, you are choosing a truly historical and well-established option for your home. As the vintage and classic style has made a resurgence in popularity these days, more people are lead to install brick flooring in their homes.

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

Additionally, installing laminate or vinyl flooring tiles is a comparatively simple practice that can be tackled by any DIY-er with a little patience and preparation. While quality laminate and vinyl options mimic beautifully the look of brick flooring, it is impossible for anything to really compare with the feel of brick, so if this is part of the draw for you, laminate and vinyl options really will not be able to compete with the real thing.

Choosing Interior Brick Flooring

Despite the few disadvantages, indoor brick flooring is still a good choice. Thin, high quality brick flooring makes for a beautiful and lasting floor 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.

If you are determined to do-it-yourself for your brick flooring installation, it is possible with a little perseverance and determination. Try practicing on a smaller scale before attempting your actual home project. Check out the short video below on brick flooring installation for a quick overview of the process. Fortunately, the materials used for brick flooring are typically inexpensive enough that you can afford to adequately practice beforehand. However, repairing or correcting flooring that has been done poorly can become more expensive, so it is worth taking the time to be sure the initial installation is done properly.

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 are on a tight budget and want a flooring that is durable and long lasting, then look no further than brick flooring.

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.

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  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!!

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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?

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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?

  22. 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.

  23. 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 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.

  24. 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?

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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?

  29. 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!

  30. 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

  31. 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.

  32. 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

  33. 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!

  34. 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?

  35. 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.

  36. 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?

  37. 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?

  38. 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.

  39. 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!

  40. 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!!

  41. 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?

  42. 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.

  43. 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!

  44. 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.

  45. 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!

  46. Hi Rich,
    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.

  47. 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!

  48. 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!

  49. 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.

  50. 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????

  51. 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.

  52. 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?

  53. 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!

  54. 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.

  55. 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.

  56. 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?

  57. my brick floors previously had a water base polyurethane finish but were flooded during Katrina. Since then I have stripped them and sealed them with a high gloss sealer. I then put a product on top which was supposed to give a higher glaze but it has problems. It lets the dirt get into it so that it can only be cleaned by stripping again. I want to use polyurethane again but was told not to use it on brick floors.
    Can you advise me? I was happy with my previous polyurethane but it gave off an extreme but that was while the house was under construction and I don’t think we could live in it while it cured. It was used for industrial purposes. Can you suggest something by brand name?

  58. Hi Barbara,
    I haven’t run into this situation before, so I’m not sure. I would suggest getting a hold of the good folks at AquaMix — they have a toll free number posted on their website and see if their sealers would work for this sort of an application. I’ll bet you’re going to be advised to use grout by either removing the sand first (shop-vac), or over the sand. Their are grouts that will give a sandy appearanc3e, by the way.

  59. I’m thinking of installing a brick floor.My thought was to first seal the brick before laying them. I want to layer the brick dry in another area butting all the brick together so as not to allow the sealant to go to the sides or the bottom of the brick, then apply sealant with a garden sprayer. I figure this way when grouting, if some mortar got on the edge of the brick, it wouldn’t adhere because of the sealant. After completion, I’d apply another coat to seal the grout. Does this make sense?

  60. Just moved into an older home where brick flooring was installed in kitchen and den. To achieve the look they wanted, they painted over the brick and the mortar. I don’t think the mortar was sealed because there are places on the mortar where is is chipped, exposing the bare mortar underneath which is now black with dirt. The floor desparately needs to be cleaned, but don’t know how – should it be steamed cleaned, or would that cause problem with the painted mortar?

  61. Wow. It’s hard to say – you’d almost have to test a little of the area. Really, what I would recommend is a product such as StainSolver or Enviro-One. I’ve used both of them for dirty concrete and they both work great. You might have to literally get down on your hands and knees with a scrub brush to clean it, but at least I know you won’t damage it. Good luck!

  62. We are just laying our brick tiles and during construction they are now dingy, dusty, and blah looking. We haven’t sealed them yet and the grout isn’t down. How in the world do we get them clean? Do we just need to wait until the grout is down to do anything?

  63. Hi Kristi,
    Why are they dirty if you’re just now laying them? What kind of dirt do you think is in them? Are they being laid inside the house or outside? You should get them clean first (see the link in the post above yours) or you might even want to consider something from the AquaMix product line if you need something stronger. Be sure to seal your brick before grouting or you’re really going to have a tough time getting any excess grout and haze off of your brick before the final step of sealing after you grout.

  64. I tried AquaMix on my brick floors, it didn’t seal well. At least not to my stanadards. Then I put Euclid a concrete sealer down and my great dane just wore it off. Then I applied a polyurethane oil based sealer over it. It blistered in places and now my brick floors looks like it has leporasy. Any suggestions.

  65. Hi Donna,
    It sounds like your initial problem was most likely not using enough coats of the AquaMix. Brick is very porous and sometimes takes 4 or 5 coats to seal well. Chances are, both the AquaMix & Euclid were water based sealers and when you put on an oil-based poly that got you into trouble. You cant use water & oil based products together – they don’t react with each other well. Your only hope at this point is to strip the floor and start over.

  66. We have just laid the brick and have started to grout. We did preseal with a penetrating sealer to help with final cleanup. But I am using a grout bag to help get in the cracks without smearing the grout all over every inch of the bricks. I started to use my finger to smooth the the grout in, and it looks really good. But my finger is taking a beating! Is there a tool made for this job? Any suggestions?

  67. I have brick flooring in my foyer, kitchen and bathrooms. I don’t think they were sealed very well, now my puppy has picked at a piece and I now have a hole about the size of a nickel, how can this be repaired without damaging the floor further? and does a floor steamer work well on brick for sanatizing with dogs in the house?

  68. Hi Kathleen,
    I know this is going to sound wierd, but I’ve done this before using one of those little souvenier spoons. If you have a truck stop near you, they should have them.
    I wouldn’t be suprised if there’s a tool made for this job, but I’ve never found the need to search and buy one.

  69. I don’t think that a steamer on the “raw” bricks/stone is going to be a very good idea.
    I use a vinegar/water mixture to clean my floors, roughly about 1 part vinegar to 15 parts water, but I think a 1:10 ratio would be better for the
    sanitizing issue. Enviro-One or something along that line would be good too.
    Fixing the ‘spot’ is another issue. Maybe some red sanded caulk would be good. I don’t know how well that would seal though.
    Maybe disguising it with red color/paint/stain before sealing
    it is the way to go. If it’s in a corner or at the edge of
    the room it could be disguised, but life being what it is,
    the hole is probably right in the middle of the room and
    neither furniture nor rug will be able to hide it. I do hope that’s not the case. Hopefully some of these ideas have helped.

  70. I have brick floors in my kitchen and I can’t get them cleaned. I have dogs, kids, they are so dirty looking. We have them professionally cleaned and sealed in June of 07, but they are so hard to clean. They are very rough and tear up any mop I try to use! Any advice???

  71. Hi Kim,
    What do you use to clean your floors and maintain them? Do you think that it needs to be re-sealed? Does water still bead in the high-traffic areas? If it’s still sealed properly it should. A microfiber mop might work better for cleaning than a sponge mop. I only use a weak vinegar & water solution for cleaning floors (1 part vinegar to 15 parts water or more). The biggest thing is to keep the rinse water as clean as possible so that you’re not just depositing dirt back onto your floor.
    I’m hoping that the person you hired to clean and seal your floor did a really good job so that this wouldn’t have to be done again for a few years. I’m guessing that this isn’t the case though and he wants yearly repeat business. Next time you might want to consider doing it yourself, even though it’s a big job. At least you’ll be able to control how much product is used (in other words, more coats of sealer so it lasts longer!). You might want to look at AquaMix to familiarize yourself with the different types of products available on the market for taking care of brick floors.

  72. I am fixing up my newly purchased home and it has an older brick floor in 1/2 of the house. The floors appear to have a whitish “patina’d” look to them from calcifications in the water (I assume) and it doesn’t come off. I don’t have a lot of time and money to fix them, I was wondering if I could just paint over the floors with a heavy oil based paint? I think that might dress them up quite a bit. Is that a good idea? Thanks.

  73. Hi Terri –
    If you paint the floors then you’ll have a heckuva time stripping the paint if you should ever decide to do so. Personally, I would clean and seal the brick.
    The calcifications are actually within the brick, not the water, but is caused from water and is called efflorescence. AquaMix has a good line of products for brick flooring, including products for removing efflorescence and products for deep cleaning (if you so choose) and sealing. There are similar products from other companies as well.

  74. Hello,
    We just moved into a 20 year old home that has a lot of brick flooring. I love the look, but feel it could use a bit of restoration. I have no idea who to call or what to use. There are areas of discoloration also–that looks like it has a whiteish hue to it. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks so much!

  75. Hi,
    We want to put in a brick floor, but my husband doesn’t want to put grout in between the bricks, is this ok to do? Also what is the best product to use to make the bricks stick to the floor.
    Thank you, Andrea

  76. Hi Andrea,
    You really should use something in between the bricks, otherwise you’ll have all your dirt getting in between them as the bricks won’t fit together tightly enough to prevent that problem. As to your question of what to use to make the bricks stick to the floor, I have my own question: What kind of floor are you putting this on? Is it a concrete pad? If not, you need to be sure that your floor joists can support the extra weight. What is on the floor now? Are you going to remove the old flooring? You’d most likely want to use a medium-set mortar, but maybe not. I could really use some more info. Also – are they full size bricks or something that’s only a couple inches thick or less?

  77. READ TIL THE END! I’ve notice a lot of people saying that brick floors are hard to keep clean. I have a brick floored sun room, & two dogs who love being in there because they can see everything going on outside. I use a bleach water mixture when it starts to look dirty, & a vinegar water mixture to minimize odor. i use a bushbroom to scrub the bricks & a wet/dry shop vac to suck up the dirty water. It seems like a lot of trouble, but it’s the most effective way I’ve found to clean it!

  78. we are looking at putting brick throughout our hole house minus the bed rooms. I have not seen this done and have been getting some strange looks when I tell fokls that is what we are doing…is that too much brick?

  79. Hi Madison,
    It might be too much brick. It would depend on the layout of your home, which of course I have no idea of how it’s laid out. If you really like the natural stone that brick provides, you might also want to look into Saltillo tile or other types of stone as well. You’ll also have more decorating options that way as brick is generally found in warm colors and there might be a room you’d rather do in cool colors (lots of colors with stone tiles as well as many types of stone!).

  80. I have a brick floor that in places the grout has a chalky appearance. The floor had a clear coat put down when it was new, is there a product to strip the brick then a product to apply that will stain the brick and grout to match?

  81. Hi, my name is amanda and we had someone come in and install brick flooring in how kitchen. however, they never finished. they came in and layed the brick then covered the brick with sand so as to keep the brick in place. after which, they never came back to finish. Now we are stuck with brick flooring that is incomplete and we don’t know what to do from here. what do I need to do to complete this brick flooring.

  82. Pleasehelp>>i have a brick floor in sun room. it
    wasa concrete porch and the bricks were put over
    this. the brick were sealed? but now they are
    getting the white eff. and also damp areas are
    appearing when an item is put on floor..don’t
    think plastic was put under porch,,is there any
    way we cn seal brick now..i want to keep floor?

  83. Hi Merle,
    Go to and look over the products they have. The site does a really good job on letting the consumer know what to use when/where/why.
    I doubt you’ll find one product to stain the brick and grout the same color. Stain is transparent and since the beginning color of your brick and grout are different, so will the results be different too. What color is the grout now? Many people opt for a charcoal grey or black finish on the grout. Hopefully the chalky appearance on the grout isn’t efflourescence – if it is you’ll need to address that issue as well. There’s not any chance of moisture coming thru from beneath the grout/brick is there?

  84. Hi Bev,
    I don’t think sealer is going to help much at this point if the moisture is coming from underneath. In order to fix the problem once and for all, you’d literally have to remove the brick and put plastic or vapor barrier paint or glue down then put the brick back down. I know, not what you wanted me to say, but I think you already knew the answer. :~(

  85. Hi Amanda,
    Just out of curiosity, why didn’t the installers finish the job? I hope they weren’t paid in full. Anyhoo, you’re going to need to seal the brick, then grout the brick, clean off the excess grout, then seal the whole floor. Pay a visit to to look over their products for brick flooring. The site does an exellent job of describing what each product does, why that product is used, etc. The biggest thing will be to make sure you get all of the grout residue off before you seal the whole floor or else you’ll have a horrible smudgy looking result and have to strip and reseal. Make sure that between each step you allow enough time to dry completely. Whatever products you use, just make sure that it is formulated for use on brick flooring.

  86. I have a brick floor in my kitchen and the shine has been lost. What is the best process/product to use to wax/polish the brick?

  87. Hi Richard,
    Bringing back the shine to your brick could be dependent on different things. Is it still sealed at all – especially in the dullest places? Easiest way to tell is if water will still bead on it. If not, you need to re-seal. You can seal on top of what’s already been used – IF you know what kind of product has been used (water base sealer or not). If you’re not sure, you can try a small amount of the sealer of your choice (see for good products). You might also want to just go ahead and strip your floor and start from scratch with sealing/finishing. Again, the website I mentioned has very good quality products and the website does a great job of listing their different products for brick, why/when they should be used, etc.

  88. Hi Mary,
    If the brick is untreated, dog urine will soak into the brick. Even if it’s treated, the acidity of the urine may ruin the finish. No matter what kind of flooring you have it’s a good idea to have a few coats of sealer and clean up doggie messes as soon as possible.

  89. Hi: I want to brick my front porch floor which is currently just concrete slab. Can I just lay the brick over the slab with grout just like laying tile? I want to use the thicker regular brick, not pavers, because I want the extra height on the floor….is it OK to use regular brick and not pavers? What prep would I need for the concrete slab and what kind of finish would be needed for the finished product and is this a good idea or not?

  90. We have brick pavers that had a rug on top on them. Under the rug was a non slip rug pad that is now stuck to the brick floors. Any suggestions on how to get this pad off of the floor?

  91. Hi Colleen,
    I’d suggest hot water and a scraper and/or scrub brush first. This may not get it all. I know I’ve heard of people using such things as nail polish remover (ugh!) to remove it – it can work, but will also strip any finish. I’m guessing you’ll at least need to strip the area and refinish that area – hopefully you won’t need to do this to the whole floor. Oh – and don’t use area rugs that have a rubber backing.

  92. Was brick used as interior floor in houses built in the late 17th century? If not brick, what else would be in a hallway, besides wood?

  93. Hi Cynthia,
    Yes, brick was used, as well as slate, flagstone, porcelain (for the rich people!), ceramic tiles……….
    To get a better idea, take a peek at old buildings in Europe – I’ll bet you can do a google search and find some.
    What kind of a look are you going for? Something old English cottage style?

  94. I bought a house3 years ago and now in the process of pulling up the carpet in it. I have beautiful hardwoods in most rooms. In the kitchen and den I have “broken brick looking” floors. I like it but I’m wondering what to call this type of flooring and how to maintain it. Any help would be good. Thank you.

  95. Hi Velma,
    Can you give me a little bit of a description as to what your “broken brick looking” flooring looks like? Do you mean that it looks like old bricks that have experienced a lot of life with chips and such ‘missing’ from them? Any idea if it’s actually made of brick? If so, it’s still considered brick flooring. Is the flooring sealed? If not, it should be. As far as cleaning goes, once it’s sealed you should only need to use a vinegar/water solution(1 part vinegar to 15 parts water or more) and use a microfiber mop. I always have a second one on hand that is clean & dry to kind of buff the floor with to get it really dry and avoid any streaking or smudging that can happen. A clean, dry microfiber cloth will do just as well too.

  96. Thanks for your response. The best description that I can give is that the floor has a mosaic type pattern. The surface is almost flat and appears like one placed pieces down to create a pattern of various shapes and sizes but the material is from brick material. There is between the pieces. This house was built in 1963 and the den and kitchen has this flooring. Carpet was placed on top of this in the den and vinyl tile was placed on top of it in the kitchen. I don’t know how to tell if the floor is sealed but once I removed the carpet and swept away the dust and debrie, I damp mopped the floor just to pick up any remaining dust. In some spots, there appears to be a slight shine.

  97. Ok, that helps some. What you really want to know (I think!) is for starters, is it sealed? It sounds like much of the sealer is going to be gone, since there are only ‘some’ areas that have a slight shine. What I would do is strip the floor so you can re-seal it and start out fresh. Since the floor is composed of brick, I would still refer to it as a brick floor. It sounds really interesting and unique – lucky you!
    Be sure to use products that are made specifically for brick flooring. You can find a good range of quality products at – they’re site does a very good job of giving the consumer which products to use as well as when and why. They also have a very helpful staff to answer questions. I’m not saying that you have to use their products, or even that you should – there are others out there. Aquamix does the best job (in my opinion) of educating a consumer and also has MSDS sheets so you can see what is in the products. They also re-brand their products for some of the big-box retailers, but I don’t remember what the re-brand is called. They can help you with that too.
    I know for sure you’ll need a stripper and a sealer. There are also deep cleaning products if you need them. You’ll have to figure out if you want a glossy, satin or flat finish. ;o)

  98. Thank you. I wanted to let you know that today I went to Home Depot and described my flooring to a gentleman there. He told me that what the builder did was pour mortar on top of my concrete slab and place those brick pieces throughout to make it smooth. He believes that the flooring is actually tiles that some flooring places sell in broken pieces for people who want this effect. He too also said that I should strip the floor and seal it. He suggested a matte type finish if I didn’t want a hi-gloss (which I don’t). At the end, he told me that this type of flooring was called cracked mosaic terrazzo. Anyway, I like it and will take some pictures today. Thank you for everything.

  99. Hi i have old floor brick in my kitchen which were attempting to make good by removing dark concrete in between & liming in between the bricks instead, which looks so much better, however whilst using the lime it covers the bricks with a film of white lime which is so hard to get off even after several washes, what would you suggest to remove the lime film? (the bricks have been sealed with linseed oil initially),also what would be best to seal after? we have been advised either traffic wax or bourne seal? the traffic wax seams hard work as apparently it needs constant rewaxing?

  100. Help!
    I have a large garden room that is enclosed – Although the house was built in 1887 – the brick is not that old. I have no idea when it was laid or how it was sealed, but now the red brick is cloudy and gritty and dull. I have arranged for a man to strip and clean the bricks with a machine and vinegar and water – he suggested a sealant called Okan (spelling?) When we tried a test strip I couldn’t see much difference. The local brick company – an hour and a half drive from here recommends a water based sealant called”Plaza”. Could you recommend something that would give a medium shine to the brick and a more pulled together finish without a plastic-like appearance? I don’t have time o drive 3 hours to pick up the “Plaza” before the workman arrives on Saturday. P.S. We do have a Home Depot here.
    Thank you so much!

  101. Hi Emma,
    See the post above, I would think it’s carried at HD. I do know also that the aquamix line is also called something else (referred to as re-branding), but I can’t remember the name. The aquamix website has their toll-free number listed and the customer care line people are always friendly and helpful – I’m know they’ll be able to tell you the name and which of the big-box stores carries which items. Good luck!

  102. The home we have just purchased has brick floors in the dinning room as well as the kitchen,from what im told this area used to be the outside inclosed porch and was ade into the rooms we now have.My question is how I should go about putting a new floor in.The brick floor is very uneven and looks bad,I would like to have a tile floor but I have no idea what to do to make the floor even.Please Help

  103. The brick would have been laid on top of concrete, and you could remove the brick and start fresh with the concrete as your base.

    Is the brick level? If so, you could lay 2×4’s on 16″ centers and then lay 3/4″ plywood on top of that and then lay the flooring of your choice.

    If the brick is not level, then we’re talking a whole other ballgame. I would suggest consulting a contractor in that case.

  104. We have nice smooth brick tile through the kitchen, family room, bathrooms, halls and as a walkway around a rugstyle carpet in the formal living room. It is this formal living room which I have a question. If we pull up the carpet could a rustic style wood floor be put in place of the carpet with the brick walkway around the wood floor? Have you ever seen this done? It is a very outsidish type room looking out onto the patio and pool.

  105. I am trying to pick out a floor for my back yard and would like to use brick. The trouble is we want to create one level patio and currently have two. One is 5-7 inches lower than the other. The first section is 200 sq feet of 5-7 inch thick concrete and the other is 400 sq feet of 3 inch thick concrete. My question is can we lay the the brick directly over the concrete in the first section and raise up the other section using sand? We live in CO so I am curious to know if the freeze thaw cycle with make the flooring uneven. Thank you, Jennifer

  106. We just moved into a lovely home with brick floors. Prior to moving we had seen another home with brick floors, and the floors were very shiny and beautiful – like polyurethane on a wood floor. Our current floors are not that way. Do you know what kind of sealant or cover we could put on that would make them shine like that – and maybe seal and even them out a bit?
    thank you

  107. We have a sun room that has been enclosed, so the brick flooring is real bricks. The morter between the bricks has, in places, started to wear out, or come missing. In addition to that, there was a carpet pad that had been glued to the bricks – we put some floor stipper on the glue and then used a wire brush to remove the residue. Now I’m wondering how to get the floor to a solid state. If I add morter, should I remove what’s there? Do I need to reseal the entire surface after fixing the morter? Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

  108. I have a garage that does not have a finished floor. I was wondering if there are any drawbacks to putting in a brick floor instead of a concrete one. I feel that I would be able to tackle this a little easier as a one man job.
    any thoughts?

  109. SWoolery,
    The only concern that some have is the cracks and crevices which can be hard to clean. Most solve this with an acrylic coating as it doesn’t yellow. I would consult with several professionals as to the benefits or concerns a brick floor may pose.

  110. My wife and I are looking for a used brick looking vinyl or laminate type floor for our kitchen. We have a “country farm house” style home.
    Something like Earthscapes or naturcor or any high quality vinal or laminat flooring that looks like used brick. Any suggestions?


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  113. Swanangels,
    Hi. I do not know of a supplier. I would suggest calling a local home center, and if they do not have one available, they may be able to point you to someone who does.
    Also, many home centers can order products and have catalogs you can go through and pick, even if the item is not in stock.

  114. I just bought a home that has a brick floor in the family room. This is real brick, not the thin indoor type, but the same brick that is on our outdoor patio. The previous owners have put some layers of wax on it, only in the areas where they did not have furniture. I’m not sure what kind of wax they used, but I would like to completely strip it and re-seal and wax the whole thing. I have 3 cats and would like to protect it from any pet stains/ odors.
    Any suggestions as to how I can strip off the old wax and what particular products/brands would be good to re-seal and wax it?

  115. Linda,
    Without knowing what is on the brick, it is really hard to say what to use to remove it. I would start by testing a small area, and see if vinegar and removes it, and if not, move up to a mild cleaner, then ammonia. You could also try asking a brick mason in your area to offer suggestions on both these questions. I would consider using the water-based Diamond Coat Varathane Polyurethane when recovering the floor.

  116. We’re purchasing a 1986-built reproductdion Williamsburg colonial home with brick floors in the kitchen, breakfast area, laundry room and mud room. The floor is beautiful, clean, etc. but very uneven. Is there any way to smooth it down so it looks and, most importantly, feels like it’s been walked on for two hundred years?

  117. Kathy,
    Most regular bricks (at least now) have a “face” on them. Just trying to sand them down or something similar to make them even may not produce results you would like.
    You may be able to remove the bricks that are unlevel, and reset them to make them even.
    Another idea would be to contact a brick mason in your area and ask their suggestion.

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