As you know, it is very difficult to remove the tiny anchors that held the English Ivy to the brick. However, there are a couple of ways you can try to remove them as best as possible. You can either do this immediately after removing the Ivy or you can wait two to three weeks before dealing with the anchors.
Immediately: First try to scrape any remaining Ivy leaves and suckers off the wall. If this does not work, you can try using an orbital sander to scrape remaining Ivy off the wall. Unfortunately, using the sander will no doubt damage the paint and primer on the wall. Therefore, you will have to reprime and repaint the wall again. Therefore it may be best to try and scrape off the Ivy as much as possible before trying to sand it off. The last option if those two things don’t work is to use a small propane torch to burn them off. This is not recommended for houses sided in wood. You can then use a hose to wash off the burnt anchors.
After a couple of weeks: Pull off any remaining anchors and leaves and then vigorosly use a stiff bristle brush to get as much off as possible. Then leave the wall for another 2 weeks until the remains dry out. Then use a stiff bristle brush and some soapy water to scrub the wall of anchors again. Finish off by rinsing the wall and all the anchors should be gone.
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