How to Clean Concrete Equipment With Vinegar

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Simple household vinegar has many uses: cleaning water deposits out of coffeepots, flavoring food, getting the smoke smell out of clothes, and making pickles, to name a few. However, while using vinegar on coffeepots seems to make some kind of sense, spraying vinegar on concrete does not seem as if it would do anything at all. After all, you need strong cleansers to get stains off concrete, don’t you? No, you do not. Full-strength vinegar is fully capable of taking care of stains on concrete. You can even add a salt or baking soda to your vinegar to help it cling to upright surfaces and take your cleaning vertical. Perhaps the best part is that vinegar is nontoxic. It will not burn your skin, and you do not have to buy anything extra. You just make your cleaning supplies out of your pantry.

Things You'll Need

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Sponge
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. liquid detergent
  • Bowl

Spray Bottle Method

Load your spray bottle with distilled white vinegar. This is 100 percent vinegar, no water. You could also use apple cider vinegar; however, it has a color and thus may stain your concrete.

Spray your equipment down with vinegar.

Allow the vinegar to remain on the surface for no less than five minutes. You can leave it overnight, but that is not recommended because vinegar is an acid and the longer it is left on the surface, the more of the concrete it will eat.

Rinse thoroughly with water.

Inspect to see if everything is as clean as you would like. If not, dry and repeat from Step 2.

Paste Method

Combine ¼ cup baking soda, 1 tbsp. liquid dish detergent and just enough distilled white vinegar to make a thick paste in a bowl.

Rub onto the surface and allow to sit. Five minutes is usually long enough.

Wipe clean with water.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always test any cleaner on a small, inconspicuous area before doing a large space to make sure it will not react poorly with any finishes.
  • When mixing baking soda and vinegar, do so in a wide-mouth container. Baking soda and vinegar produce carbon dioxide gas when mixed, and the rapid buildup of gas can cause a container to explode. If you are not comfortable using baking soda, try substituting salt. This will also give you stronger abrasion on a surface.

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