How to Remove Lime Deposits From a Retaining Wall

Retaining walls stabilize dirt by holding it in place with materials such as cement, stone or brick.

Over time, the surface can become stained with crusty, white-lime deposits that diminish the appearance of the wall. Lime deposits require an acid cleaner as soap cannot deliver the cleaning action needed to remove the tough stains. White vinegar eats away at lime deposits without damaging the retaining wall, leaving a clean surface.

Spray loose dirt and grime from the retaining wall with a garden hose, starting at the top of the wall and sweeping the hose back and forth as you move downward.

Fill a large spray bottle with white vinegar. Spray the lime deposits on the retaining wall generously with the white vinegar. Leave the vinegar on the wall for 30 minutes.

Scrub the lime-deposit stains with a stiff-bristle brush. Add more vinegar if needed to remove the stains completely.

Rinse the retaining wall with the garden hose, aiming the hose at the top of the wall and slowly moving it back and forth as you make your way down the wall.

Things You Will Need

  • Garden hose
  • Large spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Stiff-bristle brush

About the Author

Constance Barker, located in the hills of southern Ohio, is the owner and writer of several financial, credit report and travel websites. She started writing in 1999 for private clients and began creating website content in 2004. She gained expertise in home improvement after she and her husband built their home themselves.