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RSDeLuca

12:29PM | 04/16/03
Member Since: 04/15/03
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HELP!!!
I recently purchased a house and it seems that the former owners removed the ivy from the brick and siding facade by just pulling it down; but they left little remnants of the ivy all over the brick and siding, etc. Based on information I reviewed on bobvilla.com, it seems that the remaining ivy has stuck to the brick and siding, and has rotted and oxidized, making it VERY DIFFICULT to remove.
Does anyone have any advice for removing the ivy remnants from the brick and siding at this point??? Any advice is greatly appreciated!!!
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!!!

treebeard

08:19AM | 04/17/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
265 lifetime posts
The tendrils of ivy can find their way into the smallest crack or fissure, and they cling like glue, which is why ivy can grow where it does. The most effective means of removing the leftover debris will be to use a wire brush. It will take time and energy, but it can be done. There's no "simple" or easier way that I can think of. When using the wire brush, take care not to brush too hard or you might scar the brick or end up removing loose mortar, or scratch the siding deeply.
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