Mortar is a building material used in construction to bond bricks and stones together. It usually consists of cement, lime, and sand. If the excess mortar is not removed in time during construction, it will dry and adhere to the surface of the brick or stone. This dry mortar may affect the appearance of the building and reduce its quality of the building, so it is very important to clean the dry mortar in time. Here are some ways to remove dry mortar.
Remove with scraper
A scraper is one of the easiest ways to remove dry mortar. Choose a scraper with moderate hardness, and scrape it back and forth on the dry mortar surface until the mortar is completely removed. It should be noted that when using the scraper, you need to maintain a stable arm and wrist position to avoid unnecessary injury.
Clean up with chemicals
Many cleaning chemicals on the market can be used to remove dry mortar, including hydrochloric acid, acid cleaners, alkaline cleaners, and more. These cleaners soften dry mortar, making it easier to remove. However, it should be noted that when using chemical cleaners, you need to pay attention to safety and follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
Remove with sandpaper
For small areas of dry mortar, using sandpaper is also an effective method. Choose the right sandpaper and rub it vigorously on the mortar surface until the mortar is worn away. Be careful when using sandpaper to avoid scratching the surface of the brick or stone.
Clear with a high-pressure water gun
High-pressure water jets remove dry mortar quickly and efficiently. Aim the high-pressure water gun at the dry mortar, and impact the surface of the dry mortar with high-pressure water until it is completely removed. It is important to note that a safe distance and appropriate safety gear must be worn when using a water cannon.
Clear with hammer and chisel
For larger dry mortars, using a hammer and chisel is also an effective method. Place the chisel on the surface of the mortar, tap the chisel with a hammer to push it through the dry layer of mortar, and twist the chisel gently until all the mortar is removed. It is important to maintain a steady arm and wrist position when using hammers and chisels to avoid unnecessary injury.
Remove with a grinder
A grinder is a powerful tool with an abrasive wheel that removes dry mortar quickly and efficiently. Point the grinder at the dry grout surface and rub the grinder wheel over the dry grout surface until it’s all removed. It is important to keep a safe distance and wear proper safety gear when using a grinder.
Remove with hot water
Pouring hot water over the surface of the dry mortar and warming it up will soften the dry mortar and make it easier to remove. One thing to note is that you need to be careful when using hot water to avoid burning yourself.
In short, choosing the appropriate method to remove dry mortar depends on the area and hardness of the dry mortar. Before using any method, read the directions for use carefully and wear appropriate safety gear. When in doubt, it is best to seek professional help.