How to Clean Stains on Pavers

Paver stones are a more decorative way to pave your patio, walkway or driveway. In addition to offering the aesthetic appeal of texture and color, pavers are sturdy and long lasting when cared for properly. Commonly made from brick or stone, when your pavers are stained you must draw the stain out of the paver in addition to cleaning the surface. Common absorbent materials help wick out the stain without damaging the surface.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket

  • 2 tbsp. bleach

  • Rubber gloves

  • Scrub brush

  • Garden hose

  • Old towels

  • Powdered dishwasher detergent

  • Broom

  • Dustpan

Step 1

Stir 2 tbsp. of bleach into a bucket with 1 gallon of warm water. Wear rubber gloves and use a scrub brush dipped in the bleach solution to clean mold, mildew and other organic stains from your paver stones.

Step 2

Rinse the bleach solution off your pavers and blot the stone surface with old towels.

Step 3

Sprinkle powdered dishwasher detergent over the site of any remaining stains on your pavers. Drizzle enough water over the detergent to make a paste. Leave the paste on the pavers until it dries, drawing stains out of the paver stones as it dries.

Step 4

Sweep up the dried detergent paste with a broom and dustpan. Discard in the garbage can. Rinse your pavers thoroughly to remove any remnants of soap before allowing the surface to air dry.


Regular sweeping keeps pavers clean and helps avoid stain build-up.

Blot up stains and spills when they occur to avoid a bigger mess.


Don't use a metal scrub brush when cleaning pavers; metal shavings left behind can rust and transfer rust stains to your paver stones.

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