How to Get Green Fungus Off My Sidewalk

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Fungus occurs on sidewalks when water pools up and the sun cannot dry the area. Although many fungi are green, they are not a part of the plant family. Fungus grows by absorbing the nutrients from their surroundings -- in this case, water and other organic matter found on the cement. Not only does green fungus on a sidewalk look disgusting, it can also make walking on the sidewalk dangerous. You can correct this issue, and help prevent future occurrences, with a common household cleaning solution.

Things You'll Need

  • Bleach
  • White vinegar
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Deck brush
  • Garden hose
  • Mix 1/2 cup bleach to 1 gallon water or, for a more eco-friendly solution, 1 cup white vinegar to 1 gallon water. Either solution will kill and remove the fungus.

  • Dip the deck brush into the solution. Scrub the affected areas with the deck brush, applying enough pressure to kill and remove the fungus.

  • Spray the cleaned area with the garden hose to wash away the loose fungus you cleaned off the sidewalk. Check the area to make sure you eliminated all the fungus; repeat the scrubbing process if necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • A power washer will also work when cleaning fungus from a sidewalk. However, you may have to rent one, which will increase the cost of this home project.
  • Spray the loose fungus away from plants, shrubs, grass and trees. Bleach cleaning solutions can be harmful to your landscape.
  • Use only bleach or only vinegar in your fungus-killing solution. Do not mix the two or you could produce a toxic gas.

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