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Re: Removing Ivy Tendrils from Brick Walls
Remote Name: 220.127.116.11
Date: 07 Nov 2005
Time: 04:54 AM
Question: How do I remove ivy tendrils from a brick wall?
Builders Websource® Answer: Many vine-like plants such as Ivy,
Creeping Fig, and Trumpet Vines adhere aggressively to surfaces such as
brick, stucco, and siding. If left unchecked, the vines can impart significant
damage to some surfaces, particularly painted ones. Removing tendrils is a
painstaking process. In the case of a natural brick surface, try the following:
- Prune back the ivy removing as many leaves and stems as possible. Do not
pull the vines. This could damage the grout or brick;
- Cut the stems at their source and allow the ivy to die and dry for a few
- Wear protective gloves and use a hand-held razor blade at a shallow angle
(25 degrees) to the surface of the brick. Carefully scrape off the suckers and
tendrils making sure you don't scratch the surface excessively;
- Some residue will exist. In the case of a masonry surface such as brick,
consider a propane torch (such as a plumber's torch) to burn off the excess.
If you opt to use a torch, check for any deep cracks in the masonry or grout
that could lead to a flammable underlayment. Always use extreme caution to
avoid contact with any flammable surfaces, such as wood or vinyl, and wear
protective clothing and goggles.
- Finish up with a diluted solution of mild detergent and a stiff bristle
brush to remove any leftover suckers. Avoid wire brushes which can scratch the
- Check for any damage to the grout and patch if necessary to prevent
moisture penetration to the substrate.
Be patient and you should have reasonable results.