I have a new brick wall but large areas are becoming covered in white salty deposits; I want these removed - how can I do it?


Thanks Niall. Just out of interest, can acid do damage to bricks? These are rustic, textured and quite expensive bricks.

  • Acid can damage the bricks. It can also eat through your sink. However, we're talking diluted white vinegar here, which isn't strong enough to do either. Commented Nov 3, 2011 at 15:39

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Dilute white malt vinegar (a 50/50 solution) will remove it; apply it with a nylon brush dipped in the solution and scrub gently. If you're outdoors, you could rinse the wall down afterwards with water. If not, scrub it again using plain water.

The vinegar reacts with the lime leaching out of the bricks (which is causing the efflorescence) to form a different salt of calcium which (a) isn't visible and (b) is water soluble, so rinsing or scrubbing the second time should get rid of it.


I have been looking for years looking for something to get rid of and keep away white leaching from my bricks, fianlly something has worked....vegetable oil.

  • This seems to just repeat an existing answer.
    – Chenmunka
    Commented Apr 10, 2016 at 16:05

I have used acid on my dark red brick which turned white from salty deposits. It did not work so I used a roller and rolled vegetable oil on them and now it looks like new brick!

  • According to an anonymous poster: Vegetable oils will eventually turn rancid, & may also attract certain kinds of ants. A better option is mineral oil. Commented 15 hours ago

I used a $50 wet/dry shop Vac vacuum cleaner. It sucked everything. very clean job.

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