What a Fine Mess This Happens to Be
June 3, 2018 2:03pm CST
We have an all-brick house. The bricks are cream-colored. I saw some rust spots on a few of the cream-colored bricks, and I decided those little rust spots could not stay. I tried Calcium Lime Rust, more commonly known as CLR, on those bricks due to the fact that the label on CLR clearly states "removes rust from bricks." No, it doesn't!! My next try was Barkeeper's Friend, a powdery cleanser that contains oxalic acid. I stirred water into 1 cup of Barkeeper's Friend to make a paste. With my paste in hand, I applied the paste to every little rust spot on a brick I could find. I let the Barkeeper's Friend-plus-water paste sit on each brick rust spot for 20 minutes. I used the garden hose to remove the paste from each brick, and the rust spots were gone! Success! My dad's car, which we sold a few weeks ago, sat in our driveway for a month before it was sold. Dad's 2004 car left rust spots all over the left side of the concrete driveway. I thought, "If the paste I made by combining Barkeepers Friend mixed with water removed rust from the bricks, it will remove the rust spots from our driveway too! I did apply the Barkeeper's Friend paste to each rust spot on the driveway. I waited 20 minutes, and then use the garden hose to remove the paste from the driveway. The rust spots were all gone, but 14 white spots now appear on our gray concrete driveway. Apparently, the Bar Keeper's Friend removed the rust spots, but perhaps it also removed the sealer from the driveway. Darn! Darn! Darn! I don't even know if concrete driveways are sealed after installation. I am hoping time, dirt, rain, snow, or ice will get rid of those highly-noticeable 14 white spots on the left side of our driveway because our driveway now looks really weird. Photo: A few of many white spots.
28 people like this
• United States
3 Jun 18
I think I might buy a can of driveway sealer at Home Depot, try it on one spot, and if that results in a match, then I can do the same to the other spots, Otherwise, nature or a pro may be the solution. I am hoping winter snow, ice, and dirt do the trick.
• United States
4 Jun 18
I think I will live with the white spots and hope the weather will dirty them up a bit. I have a pressure washer, but that would be one huge job due to the length of that driveway. Maybe I should just rub dirt on the spots each day. Someone suggested grinding some cat litter into those spots. Owning a home sure is a lot of work.
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
3 Jun 18
I was in the concrete business for a number of years and can assure you from the picture that your driveway was not sealed. Not only did you remove the rust stains, your procedure also removed ground in dirt and oils. If you want it all to look the same you need to apply that process to the whole driveway.