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Best Efflorescence Remover & Cleaner – Zido
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Have you ever noticed a thick white salt like powdery substance covering your tile and grout? No matter how much you scrub it, it does not leave the surface. This is nothing but efflorescence, which is the residue of calcium and mineral deposits originated due to masonry. Many people mistake efflorescence for mold, but unlike mold, it does not grow and also does not have any potential health hazards. This article throws light on efflorescence and on the best efflorescence remover.
What is Efflorescence?
These mineral deposits settle on the tile surface once the water evaporates, leaving a white residue. Sometimes, when showers are not installed correctly, the water is allowed to dwell underneath the tile. This water mixes with the minerals in the concrete mud bed, making these mineral deposits travel in the shower drain through the weep holes and eventually on your tile and grout. If not removed in due time, efflorescence can crack the tile and grout and can also clog the shower drain. A good quality efflorescence cleaner can clean this build-up and mineral deposits effectively.
How is it Formed?
There are three main reasons how efflorescence is formed :
- If there are calcium and mineral water-soluble salts present in the building materials such are concrete, etc, then there is a chance of efflorescence forming.
- If water is penetrating from somewhere in to the concrete bed mud, it dissolves these minerals and salts into a solution.
- This solution travels to the top of the surface, where the water evaporates and leaves the efflorescence behind as a byproduct.
- Efflorescence forms only on surfaces, which have been constructed with porous materials such as natural stone, brick or wood, which allow the penetration of water inside and allows water to travel out on the surface too.
Is Efflorescence a Problem?
Efflorescence in shower gives a very unsightly look to the tile and grout with its white powdery appearance. It is not harmful to the structure and nor does it convey that your building structure is corroding or deteriorating. Although not harmful to health or to the building structure, it does indicate that there is an accumulation of moisture somewhere inside the floor tile or wall tile, which can lead to a bigger problem later on such as mold and mildew, which love to breed in damp areas. Efflorescence also travels to the outer surface where the water can evaporate. If in a good quantity, it might cover the drain and clog it, which will require you to go through expensive tile and grout repair services.
Does Efflorescence Go Away?
A good quality shower efflorescence cleaner can easily remove this build-up. There are two common methods for efflorescence removal – sandblasting and using chemical cleaners. While sandblasting does cause severe damage to the surface, cleaning efflorescence with chemical cleaners is much less of a hassle.
How to Remove Efflorescence?
Tile and grout efflorescence can be removed by using a high-quality efflorescence remover known as Zido chemical. This chemical manufactured by pFOkUS has revolutionized the way this powdery residue can be removed without leaving any harsh residue or chemicals behind.
Meet Zido – A Powerful Commercial and Residential Efflorescence Cleaner
Zido is a master blaster of efflorescence. It has been designed in such a way that it has raised the bar of what we can expect from restoration. This powerful formulation is one of the strongest dissolutions ever made to abolish efflorescence. It works magically on the build-up without destroying the substrate. As soon as Zido comes into contact with calcium deposits (efflorescence), it loosens the bonds and dissolves every last pore of the build-up. Zido also removes grout haze off the surface, while also cleaning the grout at the same time.
Zido chemical is available in an 8 oz bottle with one yorker cap for pinpoint accuracy when applying the solution. You can get this from our online portal in a pack of one or four. You can even leave a message on our web portal for wholesale and retail prices.
Why was Zido Invented?
What led us to invent this wonderful product was the complaints of our customers regarding efflorescence destroying their tile and brick. They motivated us to manufacture an efflorescence remover that easily removes the stubborn deposits without requiring many hours or physical labor. We used a low acidic base solution and formulated with a pleasant fragrance to mellow down the odor. Zido chemical reacts with calcium and neutralizes itself while attacking the calcium deposits. It works so fast that removing efflorescence takes less time than taking a shower. It does not harm your PVC drains. After removing the build-up, you also need to waterproof the surface to prevent efflorescence from coming back.
Zido is not only a remarkably capable product, but is also very easy to apply and use. Zido is not only effective in removing efflorescence from brick, but also from mortar, concrete and grout. It makes the surface look new again.
Frequently Asked Questions About Zido
- Is Zido a strong cleaner to remove soil?
Yes, Zido is acidic in nature and has some cleaning detergents. It can be used to clean grout, mortar, concrete, slate, granite and brick.
- Does Zido etch Marble?
Yes, Zido can etch your costly marble tile. We do not recommend you to use Zido on limestone, travertine, marble or any other acid-sensitive stone. Some contractors may use it on limestone, marble or acid-sensitive stones because the stone is already damaged due to efflorescence. It can be used only if your prime goal is to remove the build-up.
- Does Zido have to be washed with water after cleaning the surface?
Yes, it is always better to wash any remnants with water after cleaning with Zido.
- What happens if Zido is Used on Travertine?
As travertine is an acid-sensitive stone, Zido will etch the surface making a shiny surface dull.
- Does Zido have any Smell?
Zido has a strong odor which is not very pleasing. But we have masked it with a fragrance that is appealing.
- Does Zido damage Ceramic and Porcelain Tile?
No, Zido has no adverse effect on Ceramic and Porcelain tile. If Zido is applied and washed down with water once completed, there will be no damage. If Zido is left on the surface for more than 24 hours it could damage the tile.
- What happens if Zido gets in my pool water?
Zido will only lower the pH of the pool water. Once all the tile have been cleaned, an alkalinity may have to be used to bring back the pH up.
How do you Prevent Efflorescence from any Tile Surface?
After efflorescence has been removed from the floor, wall, shower, grout and pool surface, you ensure that it does not form again by preventing water and moisture from seeping into the surface again. You can tackle this issue by using a sealant. A good sealant prevents rain water and other moisture from seeping into the surface from outside and also disables the already present water in the brick or concrete from making its way to the surface where it can evaporate. A sealant forms a waterproof layer on the surface. Sentura – a flexible resin/epoxy filler can be used to repair the missing grout and also replace the caulk on the edges.
You can also use Caponi – a two part solvent titanium pigmented sealer to seal all the grout lines. Both these sealers give you a waterproofed shower. To waterproof natural stone surfaces, we use Celine – a natural look sealer which forms a hydrophobic layer, preventing the entry of liquids.
If you are looking for an efficient brick or pool efflorescence remover, then contact pFOkUS- one of the leading stone restoration products manufacturing companies in the US. Our products are manufactured after years of research in the laboratories.