How to clean red brick with Sure Klean 600

We stand behind the performance of our products, but we know we can’t control how they’re applied out on job sites every day.

So we tapped into the expertise of our local manufacturer’s rep, Mike Dickey of Dickey Sales, and our own John Young, PROSOCO digital marketing manager, to come up with demonstrating how to clean red brick.

Dickey talks specifically about how to remove excess mortar from new red brick construction without harming the tool joint with Sure Klean 600. He explains how to determine your dilution rate, what adjacent surfaces should be protected, and the personal protective equipment you’ll need before starting.

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