Removing mortar from pavers.

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by STL Ponds and Waterfalls, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What is a good solution to remove mortar from pavers?
     
  2. cameronderzack

    cameronderzack LawnSite Member
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    A detergent soap and scrub brush works good. Use like a tide laundry soap.
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  3. joes169

    joes169 LawnSite Member
    from WI
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    Are you looking to reclaim some pavers, or just clean the surface after installation?

    If the latter, how old is the mortar?
     
  4. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just cleanup after getting a little messy building the firepit. I'm just looking for an alternative to acid washing if possible. The mortar is only a few day's old.
     
  5. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
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    Hammer and a chisel.
     
  6. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Stains not actual mortar, unless you trying to be a funny guy.
     
  7. joes169

    joes169 LawnSite Member
    from WI
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    Look at Prosoco for the right cleaner, which depends on material & brick color. Vana-trol & Detergent 600 are the most common though. Still acidic & reactive, but far safer than just cutting muratic at 10:1.

    If the pavers are smooth & dense, something like Tide will work within the first day or two, along with a brillo/3-M pad.
     
  8. Crusher Run

    Crusher Run LawnSite Member
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    Try a rubbing stone. They're like a grinding wheel material with a red handle. I cleaned some caps with one. It will remove the stain along with some of the paver surface.
     
  9. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That's a good option. Along similar lines, you can get an extra paver (preferably in the same or similar color), and use it as a rub brick.
     

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