How to Get Scratches Off of Slate Pavers

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Slate stone pavers add a natural, classic look to outdoor areas.
Slate stone pavers add a natural, classic look to outdoor areas. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Slate pavers add functionality and appeal to your outdoor living space. Whether they're used on your patio or garden walkway, the stone surface complements natural surroundings. Similar to other natural stone, slate must be cared for properly to ensure it lasts a long time. Scratches on the surface of slate pavers can serve as dirt and debris collectors and detract from the appearance of the stone. You can get rid of scratches in slate pavers by using techniques and supplies safe for stone surfaces.

Things You'll Need

  • 0000 steel wool pad
  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Bucket
  • 1/4 teaspoon dish detergent
  • Scrub brush
  • Hose

Ensure the slate pavers are dry before you begin work to remove the scratches.

Rub a 0000 steel wool pad back and forth over the surface of the slate to remove the scratches.

Sweep away dust from the sanding process with a broom and dustpan. Repeat these steps to remove all the scratches on the surface of the slate.

Mix 1 gallon of water in a bucket with 1/4 teaspoon of dish detergent. Wet a scrub brush with the detergent solution.

Scrub the slate pavers. Rinse the brush as needed.

Rinse the slate pavers with water from the hose to remove the detergent solution.

Tips & Warnings

  • Substitute fine grade sandpaper for the steel wool.
  • When rinsing slate pavers, be sure to rinse off any steel bits or residue from the steel wool pad. Steel wool left on the pavers can cause rust stains when they get wet.
  • Avoid pulling metal objects, like heavy grills or lawnmowers, over the slate to prevent scratches.

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