Efflorescence Removal Instructions & Guidelines Using Single Clean

Single Clean Concentrate 5 GAL

SingleClean - 5 gallon - Concentrate

Unit Price: $424.49

Clean Efflorescence Off Concrete & Brick Surfaces With Our Easy-To-Use Product!

Coverage, Performance, Dilution Instructions, & Application Of Our Efflorescence Remover

The following is meant as a suggested application method for removing efflorescence from concrete block, poured concrete, concrete pavers, retaining walls, pool decks, and brick.

Due to the varying physical properties of the large range of materials on which Single Clean can be used, pretesting is advised on a small or an inconspicuous/non-visible section of the affected area prior to complete surface application.

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Contributing Factors to Single Clean Performance

  • Density of Material
  • Ambient Temperature / Weather Conditions
  • Moisture Content of Material
  • Dilution Ratio
  • Amount / Type of Efflorescence
  • Present Source of Efflorescence
  • Previous Treatments (e.g. Sealants)
  • Applied to Surface Age of Material

Efflorescence Removal Coverage

Because Single Clean can be used on such a wide variety of surface materials, the actual coverage area per gallon will vary. As a basic rule, you can expect one gallon of Single Clean solution to cover approximately 300 square feet on low absorbent materials and 150 square feet on highly absorbent materials.

See the Contributing Factors to Single Clean Performance section above for a more complete list of factors that influence actual coverage.

Dilution Of Efflorescence Cleaner

Single Clean can be purchased in concentrate or in a ready-to-use form. The standard dilution ratio for making concentrate ready for application is 3 parts water to 1 part Single Clean, or 3:1.

Appropriate dilution may vary depending on conditions (see the "Contributing Factors to Single Clean Performance" section above). After initial dilution, it is suggested that the resulting solution be tested on a small or inconspicuous area. Based on results of that test, the dilution ratio can then be adjusted if needed.

Basic Application

  • Do not apply Single Clean if ambient temperature is below 28 degrees F.
  • Clean affected area of loose debris (dirt, dust, excess crystallization, etc.) to help open surface pores and ensure maximum penetration.
  • Apply Single Clean using a pump-up garden sprayer or an airless sprayer at low pressure. Spray area which shows signs of efflorescence thoroughly, using enough liquid to make the surface appear damp yet not causing "dripping" or "run-off". Wipe off excess to ensure even coverage.
  • Allow Single Clean to soak for one hour then clean with a hard bristled brush. Pending on the type and amount of efflorescence present, repeat Step 3 if needed.
  • Rinse using a constant water source (hose, power washer, etc.), liberally spraying down the area where Single Clean was applied.

Single Clean is designed to take the efflorescence particles below the surface with it as it is absorbed. On very dense, sealed, or vertical surfaces, a white, powdery residue may be left behind after application process. These residues are typically "crystalline efflorescence", not true efflorescence, and are mineral deposits left behind from an outside water source (rain, sprinkler system, runoff from another area, etc.). These residues can usually be eliminated by repeating Steps 3-5 above or by washing the area with soap/white vinegar and water after the true efflorescence has been removed.

* Note: When applying Single Clean do not allow solution to get on glass or aluminum. Etching and discoloration may occur. If Single Clean does come in accidental contact with any materials other than those intended, flush the area immediately with water to minimize potentially irreversible damage.

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