Cleaning All Types of Pavers Step by Step Guide

Everything you need to know on how to clean your pavers


Your pavers are bound to lose their luster over time, no matter what kind of pavers you use, pool deck pavers, driveway, garden path pavers, or just your walkway pavers. In the following article, we would show you how to clean and restore each type of pavers with some basic tools and cleaning solutions.

The first step before leaning any pavers is to remove your furniture and plants. You want a clear area free of pots and furniture or any obstacles.

How to remove moss from pavers?

Use a stiff-bristled handheld brush or brush broom to agitate and brush away any moss growth on or in between pavers. Gently pull weeds out in between paver joints. When all of the organic growth has been loosened, brush the debris off of your paved surface.

If the growth is too heavy to remove by hand, spray a vegetation killer and wait at least two weeks before cleaning the pavers.

How to remove stains from pavers?

Liquid dish soap or laundry detergent will remove most oil stains on pavers. Directly apply the soap to the stain and allow to sit for 20-30 minutes. Then scrub with a nylon bristle brush and rinse with hot water. Repeat this step as needed.

How to remove oil stains from driveway pavers?

It is quite likely that you will someday face an unwanted stain on your paving stone patio or driveway.

In most cases, you should be able to remove the stain with products you have at home or that can be easily purchased at your nearest home improvement center.

If the stain is fresh and still has liquid sitting on the surface, soak up as much of the oil or grease as possible with rags or paper towels.

If there is still a significant amount of oil or grease on your paving stones, spread conventional kitty litter over the stain and gently push it into the stain. Do not use a wire brush for this, since it can scratch the pavers. Allow the kitty litter to soak up the liquid, and then remove the litter by sweeping it up and disposing of it.

Scrub the area using dish soap, water and a scrub brush or deck brush (avoid wire bristles). It is always best to use natural products when possible, but you may find that a dish soap known for cutting oil and grease, such as Dawn, will provide a more satisfactory result. Alternatively, you can also use baking soda in place of dish soap, particularly on smaller stains.

Spray down the area using a garden hose with a nozzle. This will allow you to use a higher-pressure, direct spray to clean the area. It is possible to use a pressure washer, which may help remove the grease or oil stain better.

For particularly stubborn stains, you may need to make a trip to the hardware store to purchase a degreaser that is specifically made to tackle driveway stains. If you need to go this route, follow the instructions on the product to achieve the best results.

How do you stop weeds from growing between pavers?

Pour white vinegar into an empty spray bottle and spray the cracks between the pavers, leaving it to sit and work its way into the sand. When a few hours have passed, rinse away the vinegar with a garden hose. This simple remedy will kill the weeds without damaging the pavers or damaging nearby plants.

How to remove paint from pavers?

Cover your hands with solvent-resistant gloves and make sure the paver is in an open, well-ventilated area. It should be isolated from any objects that you do not want to be damaged by a harsh chemical.

Apply an even coat of paint thinner to the affected area. Refer to the product label to determine whether you should use a brush, rag or aerosol spray can. Liquid formulas remove up to two layers of paint at a time, while brushable paste formulas can strip several layers in one application.

Wait the instructed length of time for the paint overspray to soften. Begin scrubbing the paver with a scouring pad, wire brush or steel wool to loosen the dissolving paint from the stone.

Rinse the excess paint and chemical solvent with water from a garden hose or bucket. Reinsert the paver and allow the bare stone to air dry.

How to remove tire marks from pavers?

Dish soaps with mild degreasing qualities can help lift the tire marks from the pavers without harsh chemicals. After applying your mixture of dish soap and water, scrub the area with a bristle brush, and then rinse with water.

How to remove mold from patio pavers?

A mixture of one part bleach with three parts water is the most common cleaning agent used to remove mold from pavers. But be careful; bleach can sometimes stain brick pavers. Be sure to test it out with a dab on a small corner piece before applying it to larger areas.

How to remove fertilizer stains from pavers?

As soon as you find your pavers are stained, pour some fresh lemon juice into the stained area. Leave it to soak into the stain for around 5 minutes. Now, take a brush that has nylon bristles and scrub the stains. Once you have done, leave the stains again for another 5 minutes.

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