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Unread 10-08-2009, 05:01 PM   #1
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Best way to clean grout off brick

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What's the best way to clean grout/grout residue off brick?
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Unread 10-08-2009, 05:18 PM   #2
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Outside, Sure Klean 600, inside, good luck.
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Unread 10-08-2009, 07:53 PM   #3
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Unread 10-08-2009, 08:10 PM   #4
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Unread 10-10-2009, 04:32 AM   #5
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What color is the brick? How did the grout residue get on the brick? is it just a haze or a build up?
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Look into product called IMER clean, the stuff wipes out old mortar stuck on my mixers, its bio degradeable too, check with a tool rental place in your area,they use it to clean off the cement mixers they rent out etc.
You just spray it on and wait 15mins and the concrete literally turns to mush.
Awesome product,pricey but well worth it.Works good on shovels and trowels and anything with concrete slag build up.
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I worked for a rock quarry in high school and my job was to wash the mixer trucks, we would just cut muratic with hot water, took off the concrete as well as your skin dont know how it would affect the brick though.
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Bricks are typically clay and silica and (usually) immune from acids.Test a spot.Brickclean,sureclean and such will work,the bio cleaners usually work well also,and a real nice break from breathing in acid fumes as i did for years cleaning pools before marciting.
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Unread 10-11-2009, 07:02 AM   #10
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Brick Cleaning

We use Muriatic Acid diluted to clean bricks.

In a 5 gallon bucket add 3-4 litres of water and 1 litre of acid on top.

Don't add 1 litre of acid and then the water or you will nutralise the acid.

Once you apply it to the grout haze you will see it bubble and foam as the acid breaks down the cement. use a wire hand brush (Gloves, glasses, etc..) to loosen the material and then Nutralise the acid by adding fresh water.

I usually do one quick clean all around and then go back to the tough spots.

The acid reacts with the grout, mortar, your skin but not plastic. Your wire brushes also wont last long.
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and please dont do this which i have done. I mixed bleach and amonia YIKERS YIKERS was i sick and had a bleeding nose from it. I always use acid and a wire brush for brick. but now when i grout up to brick i use tape and then pull it off after the grout has set up some
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why would anyone mix bleach and ammonia that makes a deadly chlorine gas
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Like the acid bombs we used to make in a soda bottle with muratic acid and tin foil-- shake them up and toss em. BOOM


All your masonry supply houses sell bio-brick wash that will clean it up without the fumes. Rarley is acid used anymore unless necessary
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Best method to clean is factory applied wax if manufacturer offers. Couple stipulations....Either has to be exterior or be an interior setting that can take a beating (ie: food processing factory). Wax is generally 130 degree wax sometimes 150 degree wax in summer time. Hot pressure washer brings epoxy and furan residue right off with the wax. Most installation companies will offer some type of temporary sealer for wirecut surfaces
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