Ways to Clean Up Cement Stuck on Masonry Tools

cement working in progress
Of course, it can get messy when working with cement. The concrete can stick to a tool and dry up to form a coat that can be difficult to remove. Although removing concrete from masonry equipment and tools can be difficult, builders can try a few ways to keep their concreting tools and equipment clean. However, a builder might need to experiment a bit before removing a coat of cement from their equipment.

Concrete Oil

Builders can save themselves a lot of stress and hassle by ensuring their masonry tools stay clean all the time. Spraying the concrete slab or any masonry tool or equipment with oil will make sure the paint and material of the masonry tool don’t contact the concrete. Concrete form oil is made of mineral oils, which cannot discolour a masonry tool or concrete. The oil also contains release agents that ensure that the concrete doesn’t stick to a wooden, plastic, or metallic tool. You can use either a brush or spray to apply the oil to a masonry tool or concrete. A release agent renders a superb finish to the pavement and makes it easier to remove concrete from a masonry tool or equipment.

It will be wise if a contractor doesn’t apply concrete oil to a hot surface to prevent scorching. Clean the tool or equipment a few hours before using the oil and work under a shaded area to avoid chances of scorching. The nature of the oil might also require a builder to adopt precaution around surfaces that are coloured.

Concrete Cleaner Solution

Concrete Mixer

The market is cluttered with a lot of concrete cleaning solutions that contractors can use to remove cement from their machines and tools. Cement cleaner solutions will foam up and break the mortar and concrete bonds, which has made the coat to harden. You can use a cleaning solution on any surface, machines, equipment, and tools that have been smeared with cement.

Although using a concrete cleaner solution isn’t as challenging as it sounds, builders might need to follow specific steps. For example, contractors might need to adopt safety measures when handling any chemical. It might be prudent to wear a mask and construction gear such as gloves and glasses. For further safety, pre-test the chemical before applying it to the concrete or any tool or equipment. Pre-testing the compound will enable a builder to determine its effectiveness and the time to let it sit on a concreting machine.


After removing concrete that has built up on masonry tool, use wax to clean the painted surfaces to make the equipment sparkling clean. You might need to use an aluminium cleaner on some parts of the machine such as rods and handles. The best way to keep concreting tools clean is to wash them after every use.

Of course, allowing cement to dry up on a masonry tool can be messy. However, with little patience and concrete removal solutions, cleaning them up can be easy. Combining several cement removal procedures can yield the best results.