Clean-up sloppy masonry job

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Old 04-15-13, 08:43 AM
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Clean-up sloppy masonry job

I have an exposed stone wall in my house - - It would really be a great feature in our entrance room, but the condition of the masonry is pretty poor (stones coated in cement, sloppy joints, etc..).
The joints are solid, and I'm hoping to avoid repointing, but was looking for the most effective way to clean up the stone faces and the joints.

There isn't a ton of extract concrete that needs to come off, so an electric jackhammer isn't really needed..Just want to tidy it up a bit before I seal it.

Any ideas?
 
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Old 04-15-13, 10:52 AM
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Muratic (hydrochloric) acid is often used to clean up masonry and remove mortar. It dissolves the cement in mortar & concrete. With it and a brush you should be able to clean up the wall without damaging the stones unless they are limestone or marble.

Read up on Muratic acid and how to use it. Get the proper safety equipment and use it because it is the strongest acid you will probably ever encounter.
 
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