Efflorescence is the crystalline deposit of salts often seen on the surface of concrete, brick, stucco or natural stone surfaces. It occurs when water leaves behind salt deposits and is present on or in the masonry surface. Basically, as water evaporates, the minerals and salt deposits are too heaving to evaporate.
Unlike mould, it’s won’t make you sick. However, while people think that it’s mainly a cosmetic issue, it can also indicate excessive moisture or leaking underneath your tiling or floors. Excessive moisture can lead to mould growth, which is a health concern. Water leaks can lead to weakening tile glue and your tiles may fall off or become loose, as well as structural damage. Structural damage can occur in both free-standing homes as well as high-rise apartments.
Efflorescence is commonly found on:
- Garage floors
- Basement walls
- House slabs
- Retaining walls
In cooler climates, concrete that was laid in winter may produce efflorescence. This is due to bricklayers and tilers often using calcium chloride to accelerate the set time of the concrete..
HERE'S WHAT WE DO
- We use a formulated chemical to remove the efflorescence particles
- We then use a penetrating solution to remove any additional stains that may have been caused to the surface area
- For more stubborn areas, we’ll use a hand-held or rotary machine to extract the dirt and stains that hasn’t lifted
- If silicone or regrouting work is required to make sure the area is watertight we’ll discuss and recommend this option to you
- We can replace any missing tiles that have become loose
LET US HELP
Our tile cleaning experts go that extra step and advise you on the best method and products to use in between professional cleans, so you can maintain and enjoy the sparkle for longer.