Fake bricks, sometimes referred to as faux bricks, are most often used for interior brickwork. They may come in different varieties: Clean plastic, paper, tile, ceramic, or others that are very close to the actual grout bricks. Yet unlike real bricks, the fake ones, and especially the bricks installed on kitchen walls, may accumulate grease and dust quite rapidly. In a couple of weeks, your fake-brick wall may turn into a strange, as if moss-covered garden wall; that is why these bricks need regular cleaning and maintenance.
A Word of Advice prior to Cleaning
The cleaning of your fake bricks is a simple operation. However, keep in mind that the following procedure is suited for fake bricks that resemble real bricks in composition. It is best if you would check the manufacturer’s brochure or manual prior to undertaking any degreasing or maintenanceactions of your fake brick wall. Further, if you, like most people, had long ago thrown the respective documents in the bin, you may cautiously apply your cleaning solution to a small portion of a fake brick. Wait and see how it has affected the area. The instructions on the label of the fake brick cleaning solution may be of help as well.
For Cleaning: The tools and solutions you need prior to the cleaning operation are: several cups of hot water; several cups of powdered laundry soap; half a kilo of pumice stone (powdered one); a cup of ammonia. You will also use a soft-bristled scrub brush, utility buckets (say two non-metal ones would do the job), a stick for stirring the mix (any disposable one may do), and clean rags.
For maintenance: You may want to make your fake brick cleaning tasks easier by applying linseed oil to your wall. Add that as well.
Safety: As a personal protective equipment, you may want to use safety goggles and a pair of rubber gloves.
Steps of Cleaning
The cleaning solution you are about to apply to your fake bricks, as you may have guessed, will not be ready-made.
First, start by mixing the laundry soap and water in one of the buckets.
Then add ammonia together with ground pumice stone and stir the mixture as long as it needs so that it becomes a relatively homogenous solution.
Next, put on the safety gears (goggles and gloves) and scrub the brick surface as thoroughly as you can in order to have the accumulated dust, dirt, grease, etc., removed.
Finally, filling the second bucket with water and use the clean rags. Rinse the remnant solution from the fake brick wall.
Cleaning your fake bricks may be much less cumbersome if you treat them with the relatively inexpensive linseed oil. Of course, you will have to clean them first. After you have attained a dry, clean surface, take a soft clean cloth and apply the linseed oil. After the layer of linseed oil dries, your fake bricks will be much easier to clean in the future.