How To Clean Contractor’s Mortar Mess Off Bricks

How To Clean Contractor's Mortar Mess Off Bricks

Nothing is better than the look of newly-built brickwork. Then, on those beautiful brick surfaces, you catch sight of dirt, efflorescence, and dried excess mortar left behind by the construction. That’s why the post-construction clean-up is of the utmost importance to make your neighbors green with envy with your forever-looking-new home.

However, you can not spend all day using a small knife going to every corner of the home and garden to remove cement stains. Cement removal work will be extremely simple and safe for the floor if you know the following tips below! Read on!

Brick Characteristics

For a long time, clay brick has been one of the “must-have” materials in construction, used for building walls and paving surfaces for driveways, roads, and patios. Brick is the most popular choice for home’s exterior according to research by the National Association of Home Builders. There are up 34% of the correspondents who are willing to pay more to get a brick siding while 21% would go for vinyl siding and less than 15% of them like stone and stucco.

Brick boasts excellent durability and color retention, which makes it a low-maintenance material. It won’t rot or need repainting. Brick is super eco-friendly and non-combustible. It doesn’t participate in the spread of fire and helps stop the fire from expanding to parts of the home.

Bricks also provide an extra protection layer against storms, experts have proved that home exteriors made with bricks can withstand the brunt of flying debris at higher wind speed than other conventional materials.

However for siding, brick is more expensive than other materials. For the same home size, brick may cost 6 or 7% more than vinyl. And bricks come in limited colors, although they can be repainted, the process is too painstaking to be worth the effort.

The biggest problem when owning a brick house is the pointing (the mortar used to attach bricks together) tends to wear out under harsh weather conditions, weakening the brick structure, and degrading the exterior charm. Repointing is necessary to replace the old mortar and secure the stability of the structure.

Brick is also a common material chosen to build pavers and arguably the most elegant among the paving surfaces and beefs up the value and beauty of your home

How To Clean Contractor's Mortar Mess Off Bricks

Preparing tools

  • Broom sweep
  • Latex gloves & masks
  • Concrete cleaner
  • pressure washer
  • Brush with a bristle brush to sweep chemicals
  • A small basin for mixing chemicals
  • Scrubber pad or stiff bristle brush
  • Mop
  • Dry towels

Removing Cement Marks On Brick With Concrete Cleaner

Step 1: Before cleaning the cement streaks on the surface, use a brush to wipe out all the dirt that adheres to the tile floor and wipe down the surface of the tile with a damp mop.

Step 2: Dilute a small amount of concrete cleaner with water in a small pot according to the ratio on the instructions, enough to remove the cement from the walls or paver. Typically, a 5 liter can clean about 600 sq.ft floors, with an area smaller than 600 sq.ft you should only buy a smaller can for saving.

Use a chemical dip brush, then sweep over where the cement needs to be removed. Need to sweep evenly, when scanning anywhere, you will feel the cement is peeling off the surface. Continue using a brush until the cement has dissolved.

Step 3: Wipe off the cement stains with a towel or a pressure washer

After the cement has dissolved, use a towel to clean the concrete marks. For larger areas, it is recommended to use a pressure washer for more efficiency and less time. Bear in mind that you should never point the nozzle at one spot for too long because the pressure can damage the brick.

Keep the nozzle moving and use a wide nozzle angle (15°). Keep a safe distance from the brick of at least 500mm. Cleaning dry press, slurry coated or glazed bricks should be done by hand since they are more fragile.

Step 4: Clean the pavers or floors

After cleaning the cement mortar with a towel. The last thing to do is clean the floor again with water or use the floor cleaner to get a fragrant, shiny floor.

Note: Do not use concrete cleaner on white cement, marble, or metal surfaces.

Removing Cement Marks On Brick With Vinegar And Baking Soda

Removing Cement Marks On Brick With Vinegar And Baking Soda

If the mortar or concrete stain is still quite new, between 3 and 14 days, you don’t need to buy concrete cleaner, instead, the solution of vinegar and baking soda or gasoline can do the magic. For marble or stone pavers, this method works the best.

Step 1: Soften the stain of cement

Mix vinegar and baking soda in a small basin with the ratio 2:1.

After cleaning up the rubbish and dirt on the floor, you just need to blot the mixture onto the stain of cement to be removed. If you use gasoline to remove it, soak it in an old clean towel and rub it on the concrete area.

If using baking soda, mix 2 ingredients into a paste. Then use a paintbrush to paint the mixture on the location where the cement makes stains.

Step 2: Rub the cement stain

After the concrete stain softens, your job is to use a pet scrub to remove the cement stains.

Step 3: Clean the floor

After you have removed the cement stain on the floor, your final job is to clean the tile floor with a mop again with clean water or with an aromatic floor cleaner dedicated to the floor.

Conclusion

I know there is a lot of work to do, but believe me, the result is more than rewarding. Your home will never stop making the by-pass wow and your neighbors envy.

I hope you find those tips useful and please don’t hesitate to give me any feedback after you have tried. Have fun cleaning!

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