How to Clean Dried Cement on Tools

Written by anna roberts
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Working with cement can be messy. If you have cement that has dried on your tools it can be difficult to remove, but with a little patience and elbow grease you can clean them up again. There are four possible methods below. Begin by trying the individual steps one at a time, not necessarily in order. It is likely that a combination of multiple methods will ultimately yield the best results and you may have to experiment a bit.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • Mask
  • White vinegar
  • Putty knife
  • Pressure washer
  • Cement removal product

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wear safety glasses, gloves and a mask.

  2. 2

    Soak the tools in white vinegar. Vinegar will often dissolve a lot of the cement.

  3. 3

    Use a pressure washer to blast off more of the cement.

  4. 4

    Scrape off small spots with a small, flexible putty knife.

  5. 5

    Use a cement removal product. Traditional products use an acid, while some newer products like RoMix's Back-Set work as a molecular cement dissolver by using a compound found in sugar cane syrup. These products can be found in hardware or home improvement stores.

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