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  • Cleaning mortar from bricks

    What is the best way to clean the mortar off my oven bricks

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    Re: Cleaning mortar from bricks

    Originally posted by Circe View Post
    What is the best way to clean the mortar off my oven bricks
    Inside or outside the oven?
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    • #3
      Re: Cleaning mortar from bricks

      If it is fairly new mortar use a 50/50 solution of muratic acid and water. Wear gloves and eye protection. I use a brush and have the hose handy to rinse. Just occurred to me inside or out? The hose for rinsing may be an issue...
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      • #4
        Re: Cleaning mortar from bricks

        Inside you can use a wire wheel attachment for a drill or angle grinder. Use one made of brass.

        EDIT: for dry cleaning brick inside the dome.
        Last edited by stonecutter; 04-07-2013, 04:39 AM.
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        • #5
          Re: Cleaning mortar from bricks

          It's outside so I will give the acid a try thank you

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            Re: Cleaning mortar from bricks

            Originally posted by Les View Post
            If it is fairly new mortar use a 50/50 solution of muratic acid and water.
            I thought the ratio is 10% acid to water?
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            • #7
              Re: Cleaning mortar from bricks

              10 to 15 parts water to 1 part acid unless you want to burn out your eyes, your lungs and the brick.

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              • #8
                Re: Cleaning mortar from bricks

                Originally posted by brickie in oz View Post
                I thought the ratio is 10% acid to water?
                It depends on the type of brick, but that is pretty close. But typical cleaning should be around 1:6 - 1:10.
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                • #9
                  Re: Cleaning mortar from bricks

                  Also you will need to pre-wet your brick before applying acid.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Cleaning mortar from bricks

                    F'ing around with muriatic is not something I recommend to anyone, it is a 30 percent solution of hydrochloric acid and is a serious industrial chemical. If you insist on using it, hose down the entire area until fully saturated, dilute to a reasonable mix (10 to 15 to one) by pouring the acid into the water and wear appropriate safety equipment.

                    There are available proprietary cleaners that are a little safer, Sure Klean 600 detergent is one, although it is still a dangerous product. If you are not able to keep from making a mess while laying your masonry, then you can use industrial strength vinegar to remove minor amounts of mortar.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Cleaning mortar from bricks

                      And if you use it dont use a metal brush.....
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                      • #12
                        Re: Cleaning mortar from bricks

                        After cleaning with a wire brush is there any lacquer or paint that I could paint te bricks?
                        I don't feel confortably with the aid thing and he food.....

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                        • #13
                          Re: Cleaning mortar from bricks

                          Just sponge water over it.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Cleaning mortar from bricks

                            Dim,

                            He said And if you use it don't use a metal brush..... muratic acid doesn't play well with metal...
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                              Re: Cleaning mortar from bricks

                              Originally posted by dimitrisbizakis View Post
                              After cleaning with a wire brush is there any lacquer or paint that I could paint te bricks?
                              Other than something breathable like Thoroseal, using paint or lacquer to masonry is a death sentence. Never apply anything over masonry that keeps it from breathing.
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