recommended that you apply two coats of sealant. Before applying the sealant, cover any carpeting or other floor- ing materials in the accent wall area of your man cave to avoid having the brick sealer bleed onto those areas. Painter’s tape is also recommended to protect any molding or walls that do not need to be touched with the sealant. Next, scrub the wall surface with a warm water and vinegar solution (1-part vinegar to 15 parts water), using a brush or sponge, then rinse with clear water. Allow the brick to dry com- pletely before applying sealant. If you wish to achieve a rustic aesthetic, you can also leave the brick unfinished so it maintains its rough, textured surface. However, because brick is made of clay and is grouted with cementitious mortar, brick walls are highly susceptible to stains unless they are properly sealed.
THIN BRICK ACCENT
WALL MAINTENANCE If you decide on a brick accent wall for your man cave, you can preserve its beauty and prolong its lifespan by removing dirt and debris from the surface with a wet microfiber mop dipped in a solu- tion of vinegar and warm water on a quarterly basis. Stains in the mortar or grout of your brick wall can be removed by working a phosphoric acid cleaner and water into the seams with a brush as they arise. It is recommended that you reseal your brick wall every one to three years, on average. First, remove any dirt or debris with the water-vinegar solution, then apply a commercial brick stripper to remove the original sealant. Apply fresh sealer to the thin brick and grout with a foam brush.