Long Term Effects of Efflouresence

Efflorescence is a problem that many homeowners often have to deal with. It is a condition that occurs around grout or other products that are comprised of Portland cement. Here are some of the basics of efflorescence and the long term effects that come with it.

What Is Efflorescence?

Efflorescence is a condition that is typically caused by the environment that leaves a white residue on masonry products. You will see a white film on the corners of the grout in bricks or tile. The residue is salts that have been left behind while part of the mixture evaporated.

Long Term Effects

When you are dealing with efflorescence, there is a good chance that it will continue. Even if you clean the residue, there is a good chance that it will come back. You should be able to remove it with a bristled brush paired with a mixture of hydrochloric acid and water.

When you do this, be careful not to stain the grout permanently. If you have a dark colored grout, using any cleaning solutions on it to remove efflorescence could potentially lighten the color. It is therefore likely to be an ongoing problem.