Things You'll Need
White distilled vinegar
Sprinkler water continually spraying over a red brick planter or walkway can leave behind chalky white mineral deposits. While commercial cleaning products are designed to remove lime deposits, you can remove them yourself using white distilled vinegar, which is a mild acid. Before using any cleaning product on your red brick, test the cleaning solution on an inconspicuous area of the brick to ensure the product doesn't stain or bleach the surface.
Fill a bucket with hot tap water.
Add 1 cup of white distilled vinegar for each gallon of water.
Dip the brush in the solution and scrub the lime deposits back and forth. Dip the brush in the cleaning solution frequently.
Rinse the area with fresh water after removing the lime deposits.
The Family Handyman says not to use muriatic acid because it can stain or bleach brick. When you're finished apply brick or masonry sealer to protect against lime deposits.
Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real-estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University, Fullerton.