Bricks are often used as a trim along the sides of sidewalks and driveways to create a decorative hardscape. If you have bricks lining your sidewalk or driveway, you may notice the mortar between the bricks start to crumble and deteriorate. Fortunately, you do not have to remove and replace all of the bricks to restore the border to its original look. The guide below walks you through the process for restoring the border around your walkway or driveway quickly and easily.
Remove Badly Damaged Mortar
The first thing you need to do is to put on a pair of protective glasses to protect your eyes from mortar that could fly into them as you are removing it. Use a chisel and a hammer to lightly tap the mortar between the bricks that looks loose, is crumbling, or is cracked. You will not be chiseling all the way to the ground though. You are only removing the top bits of the mortar that are obviously damaged.
Brush Away All Debris
Next, you need to use a hard bristled brush to brush away all of the dust and debris from between the bricks. You can use a shop vacuum to vacuum up the dust, as well, but be careful not to suck up any mulch because large chunks of mulch could damage the vacuum.
Repair the Mortar
Purchase a bag of premixed mortar at a local home improvement store. It is according to the directions on the package in a wheelbarrow so you can easily move it around as needed. Use a trowel to carefully fill the areas between the bricks with the mortar. Be sure to use a joiner to smooth the mortar between each brick to create a finished look. If any mortar gets on the bricks, use a wet rag to wipe it off as quickly as possible so that it does not harden on the bricks and create a sloppy look.
Cure the Mortar
Once you have finished with all of the areas between the bricks, the mortar will need to be cured. Once a day for the next week spray down the bricks with a water hose. The mortar will become a bit soft and then harden again. Every time the mortar hardens it becomes stronger and stronger. After a week of curing, the mortar will be very strong and will no longer become soft when it is saturated with water.
The border along your sidewalk or driveway should now look as good as new. The entire process does not take long to do but will make a huge visual impact on the overall look of your lawn.
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