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How to remove concrete stains?

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Hi Im needing some advice what would be causing a rusty looking stain on 4 month old unsealed exposed aggregate. It has only coming through on the back deck and sides of property nothing on driveway and front half, there’s obviously a couple different batches. 

 

What could be the cause, what would you recommend to clean it before sealing, would the seal prevent it reoccurring or what would?   

I really appreciate any advise
Paul

 

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Re: How to remove concrete stains?

Hi Paul (@Adao1978

 

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community. We're really pleased to have you join us and trust that our ever-helpful members will be able to assist you with this problem and many other projects in the future. 

 

I would encourage you to start by visiting these previous discussions which should have some very helpful tips for you:

 

 

 

 

Please let me know if you ever need a hand getting the most from the site. 

 

Jason

 

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Re: How to remove concrete stains?

Is hydrochicric acid a permanent fix? Will it affect a sealant?

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Re: How to remove concrete stains?

Hi @Adao1978,

 

Your stains look suspiciously like tannin which has leeched out of leaves. They could be rust if there was an iron-rich mineral in the aggregate, but I feel the point of origin of the rust would be more specific.

 

I'd start but using a stiff-bristled scrubbing brush and some hot soapy water and see if you can scrub away any of the stains. If this is not effective then you can try bleach, chlorine or potentially the Hydrochloric acid mentioned in another discussion.  It could also be worth trying CLR 1L Calcium Lime Rust Remover which will remove a portion of the stains if they are due to rust. Please ensure you wear adequate protective equipment including goggles, gloves, a respirator and long sleeve pants and shirt when handling corrosive liquids.

 

If the stains were from leaves or another source outside of the aggregate then once removed and sealed it will be a permanent fix. If the stains are from a contaminant in the aggregate then once removed and sealed they might return.

 

Please let me know if you need further assistance or had any questions.

 

Mitchell

 

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Re: How to remove concrete stains?

Thank you Mitchell I’m leaning towards a contaminant in the aggregate as it’s only four months old and no leaves have been sitting on the slab

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Re: How to remove concrete stains?

@Adao78,

 

If it is a contaminate then it is most likely some iron-rich particle in the mix. I'd start with the CLR product to try and remove the stains and then possibly a Hydrochloric acid on the particle if you can find it. You might be able to dissolve the particle with the acid. Another option might be to try a rust converter product.

 

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