How to Dissolve Ivy Roots From a Wall

After you have been using your wall for a long period, you will be able to notice lots of ivy roots on its surfaces and it might also be worn out the surface of the wall. One way that you can change the look of wall is by dissolving the ivy roots. You only need to use a few tools that you normally have and available at every household, plus also a few hours in order to create a fresh new look to your wall anyway that you want or would like it to be.

For those of us who have nice walls know the hard work that it takes to take to keep the walls in shape without any dirt. It is also a good measure to cover the floor when you are painting up the walls surrounding the floors.

In order to create exterior walls decoration, sometimes people tend to use Boston Ivy which usually have slender stalks along with dark green leaves. Even though the Ivy plant can beautify the home exterior walls of your building, it also has some disadvantage like the Ivy plant’s roots that will eventually damage the brick of your walls, mortar as well as other masonry. Therefore, if you want to prevent damage done by Ivy roots to your masonry surfaces and walls you need to remove the Ivy plant’s tiny roots and its fuzzy tendrils that usually remains firmly onto your walls if it is left unattended for a long time. The roots can be removed simply by using basic supplies as mentioned in the following article.

To dissolve ivy roots from a wall, you need:

  • Plastic scraper
  • Nylon scrub brush
  • Hand pruners
  • Clean bucket
  • Water
  • Stirring utensil
  • 1 table spoon of mild liquid detergent
  • Plastic drop cloths
  • Garden hose
  • Trash bag

Dissolving Ivy Roots from a Wall

How to Dissolve Ivy Roots from a Wall

  • First thing that you need to do is to scrape the Ivy plant’s roots gently from your wall by using a plastic scraper
    • Try to remove as many roots as possible from the wall so that you would be able to check the surface of the wall clearly.
    • You have to continue removing the Ivy plants off your wall right until you reach the bottom of your wall.
    • Once you managed to locate the Ivy plant’s roots, you have to cut it off with your hand pruners.

Always place all of the unwanted vines of your Ivy plants and roots inside a trash bag so that you can dispose them easily after you finished the task.

  • The next step that you need to do is to examine your wall whether there is any more remaining root fragments and fuzzy tendrils
    • The remaining root fragments and fuzzy tendrils also need to be remove off the wall’s surface using a nylon scrub brush
    • You must try to remove as many of the remaining root fragments and fuzzy tendrils as possible

Other method that you can use is by sanding the wall or using other smooth wall surfaces that have an orbital sander that would enable you to remove any of the persistent Ivy plant’s roots and tendrils.

  • As for the most stubborn root fragments, tendrils and dried residue that you could not remove using the above method
    • You can try using a mild detergent solution
    • Take a clean bucket and pour 1 gallon of water along with 1 table spoon of your mild liquid detergent
    • Stir them together
    • Before you apply any of the solution onto the wall, cover any of the foliage near your wall’s base area by using plastic drop cloths. This is important as vegetation need to be protected even from mild detergent solutions that you are using.


  • Next, you need to scrub the remaining root fragments, tendrils and dried residue off the wall using the mild detergent solution using nylon scrub brush.
    • Next, you need to dip your scrub brush into the mild detergent mixture and apply them onto the affected area of your wall.
    • You must make sure that all dried residue is dissolved completely.
    • Then, you have to rinse off your wall completely by using fresh water or just use your garden hose to rinse them off.


      Always remember that when you want to dissolve Ivy roots from a wall

      • Do not use wire brushes or other stiff bristled brushes that might result to your walls being scratched.
      • Do not pull the Ivy roots off your wall because it might cause your block or mortar to break off into pieces.

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