Concrete pavers are recognized for their versatility, stability and interlocking designs. While pavers require only minimal maintenance, they are not invulnerable to surface blemishes. Blood permeates pavers and mars them with unsightly red stains. Proteins in blood cause the stains to become more bonded to pavers over time. Promptly clean up blood to prevent it from becoming more unyielding and detracting from the pavers' aesthetic appeal. Remove blood from concrete pavers using certain supplies and techniques.
Things You'll Need
- Disposable gloves
- Paper towels
- Liquid dish detergent
- Sodium peroxide powder
- Nylon bristle brush
- White vinegar
Put on disposable gloves to protect your hands. Using paper towels, blot up the excess blood from the pavers.
Saturate a sponge with cold water and two drops of liquid dish detergent. Blot the affected concrete with the soapy sponge to dissolve the blood.
Rinse the pavers and sponge with water to wash away the blood and soap.
Examine the pavers for remaining blood. If the stain persists, cover it with a layer of powdered sodium peroxide according to the directions listed on the product's label. Let the powder permeate the stain for the time span recommended by product's manufacturer.
Moisten the sodium peroxide with water. Scrub the affected pavers with a nylon bristle brush until the blood stain is completely removed.
Rinse the pavers with plenty of fresh water to wash away the sodium peroxide.
Pour undiluted white vinegar over the pavers to neutralize any remaining traces of sodium peroxide.
Tips & Warnings
- Use these techniques to remove blood stains from brick pavers.
- Test the sodium peroxide on a small, hidden area of the pavers to ensure they don't become discolored.
- Photo Credit concrete blocks image by Sergey Kolesnikov from Fotolia.com
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