Efflorescence is a crystalline deposit of salts often seen on the surface of concrete, brick, stucco, or natural stone surfaces. It occurs when water is present on or in the masonry surface. It sparkles. It’s white, sometimes with a grayish tint.
How do I stop it?
These deposits, which are often a byproduct of the manufacturing process, are carried to the surface by water within the masonry. AC-3 Cleaner removes efflorescence from masonry without the use of Muriatic Acid. Sealing the masonry surface with one of our sealers will prevent water from entering and carrying more salts and minerals to the surface.
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De-Icings salts such as rock salt, calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, and other salt related products all do damage to concrete surfaces. The resulting slurry of melted ice and salt is absorbed into the concrete causing spalling and general erosion of the surface. Salt Block WB does not allow the salty slurry created by the de-icing salt from soaking into the concrete and destroying your concrete surface. A chemical reaction occurs within the pores of the concrete creating an invisible barrier which prevents absorption into the surface. A treatment of Salt Block will save you hundreds of dollars in future concrete repairs.
What if the damage is already done?
Concrete that has pitted and spalled needs to be repaired using a concrete repair mortar such as Plas-Tex Powder. All broken and loose concrete needs to be removed prior to patching to ensure the patch gets a strong, permanent bond. Once all patching has been completed and allowed to cure the surface can now be sealed with Salt Block WB to protect and prevent future damage from de-icing salts.