Products writers and readers found to be popular and successful online are included below.
Household Efflorescence Removal Products
Wire brush. Sometimes, a wire brush is all you need to remove efflorescence. Once the efflorescence is removed, you have to stop it from coming back.
Vinegar (acetic acid) is a popular form of efflorescence removal. While it works most of the time, it doesn’t work on all forms of efflorescence. Worth a shot for first time removal.
Chemical Efflorescence Removal Products
If a wire brush or Vinegar don’t work, you can move up and try Sulfamic Acid (active ingredient in Lime Away). As a last resort, you can use muriatic acid which is much more toxic and dangerous to use, but still very common.
Efflorescence Removal Products – Popular Brands
BEHR PREMIUM® CONCRETE & MASONRY CLEANER & ETCHER. BEHR PREMIUM® CONCRETE & MASONRY CLEANER & ETCHER is part of the BEHR PREMIUM family of Concrete & Masonry Prep products. It is an interior/exterior, 2-in-1 cleaner and etcher specifically formulated to prepare the surface prior to coating. It is designed to clean and etch bare concrete and masonry surfaces to improve penetration and adhesion of paints, stains and sealers. This biodegradable and easy water clean-up product will remove grease, oil, auto fluids, rust and red clay stains from any concrete and masonry surface. BEHR NO. 991 is ideal for use on uncoated surfaces such as: garage floors, driveways, walkways, patios, basement floors and walls.
Dumond Safe-N-Easy. Safe n’ Easy® Non-Toxic Efflorescence Remover is a newly developed product that replaces conventional mineral and organic acids for the removal of efflorescence. Safe n’ Easy® Non-Toxic Efflorescence Remover is a non-fuming, phosphate and acid-free product that is a lot more effective than other acids when dissolving efflorescence salts and has none of the hazards that are inherent with commonly used acids. Safe n’ Easy® Non-Toxic Efflorescence Remover contains a special surfactant that provides detergency properties that will also help in the removal of oil/grease stains. Safe n’ Easy® Non-Toxic Efflorescence Remover does not contain any hydrofluoric acid, bleach, abrasives, caustic, mineral acids or petroleum distillates. Safe n’ Easy® Non-Toxic Efflorescence Remover is formulated as a ready-to-use product. Safe n’ Easy® Non-Toxic Efflorescence Remover covers approximately 150-200 square feet per gallon. Safe n’ Easy® Non-Toxic Efflorescence Remover comes in one and five gallon pails.
Glaze-N-Seal. Glaze ’N Seal Efflorescence Remover is a powerful cleaner designed to remove efflorescence (white chalky powder). It is also effective for the removal of grout smears, cement haze, hard water stains, lime deposits and rust deposits.