This post was most recently updated on January 16th, 2024
Update 2024 How to Clean Efflorescence on Bricks
We at Concrete Sealer Review are committed to being your go-to source for the latest tips and trends for your concrete and brick paver sealers through 2024 and beyond. Efflorescence, a white deposit of water-soluble salts, is a common problem with brick. In this updated article, we explain how to clean efflorescence from your bricks and restore them to look new. If you have encountered efflorescence on your bricks and have any suggestions or have questions, please comment below.
How to Clean White Efflorescence from Concrete
Efflorescence is a white deposit of water-soluble salts that can appear on masonry bricks. It can be a fine powdery substance or a crystallized buildup. Depending on the type of salts present it can also appear green, brown, or yellow. Efflorescence happens when soluble alkalis are present in the brick or grout and moisture is able to penetrate the brick forcing salt deposits to the surface. This can happen a month after the brick was laid or as long as a year later.