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Use Croc Crete to Remove Concrete Splatter from Bricks

Use Croc Crete to Remove Concrete Splatter from Bricks

Do you want to learn how to remove concrete splatted from bricks? Construction and home renovations are common causes of annoying concrete getting into unwanted places. Bricks are tricky because it’s difficult to notice splatters until the concrete is dry. That makes it much more difficult to remove.

Splatters are commonplace with brick work so it’s important that you know how to clean them up. This blog post will reveal several methods of removing concrete splatter from bricks.

Always Start with Prevention

The best approach is to prevent the splatter altogether so let’s start with some prevention tips. Always keep your surroundings in mind when working with concrete, especially around bricks. Lay down tarps or plastic sheets so that spillage doesn’t contact any unwanted surfaces.

Working with contractors is a bit different though since you can’t control their actions. Ask if they deliver concrete using a pump rather than carting it in wheelbarrows. This prevents spillage and also makes their job easier. This is a question to ask during the initial consultation phase.

Always clean concrete splatter quickly before it dries. Hardened concrete is much more difficult to clean and requires special steps. Plus unwanted damage is always a risk with hardened concrete. Use a stiff brush and water to remove unsettled spillage from brick surfaces.

Of course, it’s not easy to catch concrete before it sets so let’s look at the most common methods of removing concrete splatter from bricks.

Clean Up Large Chunks of Concrete

The rule of thumb is to remove large chunks of splatter from brick before moving onto other methods. In other words, if the splatter is thick, then it’s possible to chip the larger chunks away before moving onto other methods. This makes sense when you think about it. Using concrete dissolvers or acid on thick chunks of splatter isn’t going to be efficient. It’s better to chisel larger areas of concrete since the risk of damaging the brick’s surface is minimal. You just need to be careful.

Gently tap the chisel against the thickest area of the concrete splatter to break some of it away. Don’t use a lot of force or you will damage the brick.

The goal isn’t to remove all of the splatter. Just get the large chunks out of the way so the other methods are more effective.

Remove Concrete Splatter from Bricks with Croc Crete

Croc Crete is the best way to remove concrete splatter from bricks. It’s safe and doesn’t put the brick surface at risk. Plus it’s highly effective. Croc Crete attacks concrete at its foundation and forces it back into a liquefied state where it is easily wiped away.

With that said, always wear protective gear when using Croc Crete just to be safe and always test a small area before applying. Now let’s look at the exact steps to use Croc Crete effectively.

  1. Soak the brick area surrounding the concrete splatter with water since it neutralizes agents in Croc Crete. However, make sure the concrete splatter stays dry. Wipe any moisture away from that area using a cloth.
  2. Apply Croc Crete to the affected area using a brush. Then allow the solution to sit for up to an hour, depending on the weather. Refer to product instructions for more details.
  3. Lightly scrub the concrete splatter with a wire brush. Be gentle so that you don’t accidently damage the brick surface.
  4. Wipe away the excess liquefied concrete using a rag. Use a dry rag so that the infected area doesn’t get wet.
  5. Apply more Croc Crete to the concrete splatter and follow steps 2-4. It will take multiple applications to remove all of the unwanted concrete so be patient.
  6. Wash the entire area with water when finished in order to deactivate any residual Croc Crete.
  7. Dispose of residual concrete by mixing it with sand or kitty litter and then place it in the trash. Don’t pour it into a drain or wash it into the lawn.

Croc Crete is developer for professionals so don’t use it if you lack experience working with concrete. Hire a professional if you lack the proper experience.

Alternate Method #1: Use Muriatic Acid to Remove Spillage

This is usually the go-to method for homeowners but it’s also the most hazardous one. A lot of things can go wrong when using acid. Follow the proper safety techniques to avoid the risks associated with acid. This includes covering all exposed skin with protective clothing, wearing goggles, and a mask to avoid fumes.

Muriatic acid is the most common acid. It’s found at most hardware stores. Always read the product label and follow it to the letter.

Instructions

  1. Spray the area with water so that surrounding brick doesn’t get damaged if it comes into contact with the acid. Acid will cause dry bricks to take on a yellowish color, which is an aesthetic nightmare.
  2. Add water to acid according to the product instructions. Use a clean bucket to mix the two together. A word of caution though. Always add water to the bucket first and then pour in the acid second. Never pour water into acid since this leads to a dangerous reaction and splattering.
  3. Apply the acid to the concrete splatter using a brush. Be careful not to get any acid on the surrounding brick. The solution will react to the concrete by bubbling.
  4. Allow the acid to remain in contact with the concrete splatter for the time specified on the product label. Do not allow the acid to remain in contact with the concrete for any longer than the specified time listed on the product label. If the time is not listed, then move on to the next step immediately.
  5. Scrub the affected platter with a brush to remove the concrete splatter.
  6. Rinse the area with water to remove any residual acid. Use a mixture (1:1 ratio) of ammonia and water to neutralize the acid.
  7. Repeat all steps if concrete splatter remains.

Downside to Using Acid

Acid comes with a ton of risks so it’s not recommended. Health is the primary concern. Acid poses a lot of risks to humans with fumes being at the top of the list. Always ensure the area is well-ventilated since acid fumes will lead to permanent damage.

But human health isn’t the only concern. Acid easily damages brick so it runs the risk of causing expensive damage. We briefly mentioned discoloration but another risk is damage to the mortar holding bricks in place. Acid doesn’t discriminate. It eats mortar just as easily as it does concrete splatter.

Due to its risky nature, we recommend that you save acid as a last resort and refer to one of the other methods on this list.

Alternate Method #2: Chisel Away Unwanted Cement

Chiseling away excess concrete comes with a few risks, the biggest of which is damage to brick surfaces. It’s still a safer option than acid though. Plus it’s much cheaper.

The first important note is that homeowners with no experience should not attempt to chisel. It’s a delicate job that requires precision over brute strength.

Instructions

  1. Make sure you wear a pair of goggles when chiseling concrete to protect your eyes from loose particles.
  2. Gauge the size of the concrete splatter to decide the size of the tools required for the job. It’s possible to clear small splatters without a hammer so keep that in mind.
  3. Soak the entire surface with water to lower the risk of brick damage. This also prevents concrete shards from dislodging from the surface when chiseling.
  4. Place the chisel so it’s parallel with the brick before applying the hammer. Do not ever aim the chisel directly at brick or it will get damaged.
  5. Apply a few light taps to the chisel to break away the concrete splatter. Don’t get too carried away here. Light taps avoid damaging the bricks.
  6. Clean away loose concrete with a brush. Again, don’t apply too much pressure or else the brush will damage the brick.
  7. Repeat steps 4-6 until the concrete splatter is gone.

Downside to Chiseling

Chiseling is less risky than acid but is not without its own hazards. Fragments of concrete break away and get into the eyes. Fortunately, safety goggles will eliminate this problem.

The main risk is that chiseling has the potential to damage the brick surface. Only attempt this if you have experience with chiseling and are confident that you can do so without damaging the brick surface.

Croc Crete is the Best Solution

Croc Crete is your best choice since it won’t damage the brick surface. It’s also environmentally friendly so there’s no risk to your lawn or plants. But it’s still important that you take precautions. After all, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Contact us to learn more about Croc Crete and find the best solution to remove concrete splatter from brick surfaces.

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