Cement stains are among the most difficult types of stains to remove. This is because a cement stain can settle more quickly than the stains of many other materials. Removing cement stains can be especially difficult when they are on aluminum doors or siding. This is because concrete has an etching effect on aluminum which can permanently damage its surface. The best method for preventing this damage from happening is taking steps to avoid concrete splatter prior to the cement's application. However, if the damage is already done, there are a few measures that you can take to minimize the appearance of cement stains.
Things You'll Need
- Scrub brush
- 1/4 cup laundry detergent
- 1 gallon water
Fill a bucket with 1 gallon of water.
Mix 1/4 cup of laundry detergent with the water. This mixture will serve as your aluminum cleaning solution.
Apply the cleaning solution to the aluminum with a scrub brush. Scrub in a circular motion for one to two minutes.
Leave the solution on the aluminum surface for up to one hour.
Rinse the solution off with plain water. The cement stain should be noticeably diminished.
Tips & Warnings
- The degree to which this method works will depend greatly on how long the cement was allowed to set on the aluminum. For the best results, clean the aluminum as soon as possible once a concrete splatter has occurred.
- Photo Credit siding image by Psycience from Fotolia.com
How to Remove Paint from Concrete
Removing old or faded paint from concrete can give a concrete floor, wall or outdoor surface a new lease on life. It's...
How Do I Remove Oil Stains From Concrete?
Oil can leak from your car onto your concrete driveway, causing dark stains to form. Oil stains not only indicate that your...
How to Remove Chalk From Aluminum Siding
Chalk occurs on aluminum siding due to aging and weather effects. While aluminum siding is rigid and holds up well to the...
How to Use Muriatic Acid to Clean Concrete
You must be at your wits' end – or at least you should be to turn to muriatic acid to clean concrete....
How to Remove Epoxy Paint From Concrete
Painting cement with epoxy-based paint is very popular as a way to seal concrete, thus saving energy and preventing insects and moisture...
How to Remove Mortar from Concrete after Removing Ceramic Tiles
The mortar used to install ceramic tiles creates a fast and strong bond between the tiles and the installation surface. Once dry,...
How to Remove Tile Adhesive From Concrete
When you remove tile from a concrete floor, you are left with tile adhesive or thinset that is still adhered to your...
How to Remove Concrete Splatter From Vinyl Siding
Concrete splatter on your vinyl-sided home or business is an unsightly scenario to contend with. The obvious solution to removing the spattered-on...
The Effects of Portland Cement on Aluminum
Aluminum and Portland cement are common building materials because both are strong, weatherproof and require little maintenance. However, aluminum reacts with some...