How to Clean Your Patio Pavers

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Written By Benjamin Eyth

Published on 9 Apr, 2024

Blogs | Pavers

You have invested time, money, and effort into beautifying your patio with high-quality patio pavers. But are you taking the necessary steps to protect your investment? If the space starts to look old and dingy, it’s time to learn how to clean patio pavers.

Important note: For regular maintenance, all it takes is a bit of sweeping, pressure washing, or scrubbing to refresh your hardscape’s look and feel.

However, it’s best to bring in professionals who can apply specialized cleaning solutions and techniques for heavier stains.

These pros can also address specific issues you might need to notice. For example, they can fix damaged grout lines, replace broken pavers, and seal chips if necessary.


The basics of cleaning patio pavers


Although pavers are dependable and durable, they still get dirty and shabby because they are constantly exposed to changing weather and a lot of foot traffic.

Cleaning your patio pavers can make a huge difference in maintaining your home’s curb appeal. Beyond aesthetics, it can also extend your patio’s lifespan and make it safer by removing slippery algae and mold growth.

And, of course, regularly cleaning patio pavers is less costly and time-consuming than replacing or restoring them. Be sure to maintain your patio by thoroughly cleaning it at least once a year.

Ready to clean your stained pavers? Looking for tips on how to clean patio pavers in general? Here are some quick and effective ways to rejuvenate your patio pavers to create a safe, clean, relaxing, and stain-free outdoor environment.


Tips for cleaning patio pavers


Tip #1: Pick a cleaning method that works for you.

There are many ways to clean pavers using tools and supplies you might already have at home.

  • Pressure washing – A pressure washer can break down any buildup and remove tough stains, even those left by spills, leaves, grass, debris, and dust.
  • Dish soap – Use a gentle degreaser or dish soap to lightly scrub any spots with a stiff-bristled brush, sponge, or rag. This method will allow you to clean your patio without removing any decorative texture or sand.
  • Vinegar and water – Try cleaning your stained pavers using a white vinegar and water mixture. Let the solution sit on the stains for about an hour before scrubbing them off with soap and water.
  • Sweep – Don’t wait until dirt accumulates on your patio. Take the time to sweep any dirt or debris with a broom regularly.

Note that these cleaning methods only work for lighter cleaning needs. Call in an expert if deep cleaning or restoration is required.


Tip #2: Use the appropriate cleaning method for the material.

Note that some paver materials have specific cleaning requirements:

  • Natural stone – Avoid harsh chemicals, particularly acidic or abrasive ones. Stick with a vinegar-water solution or detergents to eliminate stubborn stains.
  • Concrete – Hydrochloric acid or muriatic acid is an effective heavy-duty cleaner for concrete pavers, but it weakens the material. Choose less aggressive acids or detergents that won’t cause gradual damage.
  • Brick—Most pavers only require cleaning once a year, but brick pavers need extra care because they are porous stones. Clean them more frequently to prevent stains from seeping deeper.


Tip #3: Get rid of any growth.

Have you noticed weeds growing between the pavers?

They need to be removed because they can weaken the seams and cause damage.You can pull small and perimeter outbreaks by hand, but for some cases, herbicides may be the most practical choice.


Tip #4: Don’t forget to remove any coarse dirt.

Before you clean between the pavers, carefully remove coarse dirt from the surface to prevent it from spreading and staining your walls and the rest of the patio during cleaning. Use a regular broom to gather loose twigs and leaves.


Tip #5: Use a pressure washer correctly.

A pressure washer reduces the grunt work involved in scrubbing off dirt and stains so you can clean your pavers more quickly. However, it’s crucial to use the appropriate pressure level. Excessive pressure can damage the pavers (particularly the outer edges), so it’s best to start with a lower pressure setting and slowly build up as needed.

Natural stones like granite are tough and sturdy enough for pressure washers, but be careful when cleaning concrete pavers. Too much water pressure can damage their surface, so lower the pressure setting and hold the nozzle further away.


Keep your dream outdoor space clean with Outdoor Cedar Structures.

Do you need professional advise on how to clean your patio with pavers? You can always consult our experts at Outdoor Cedar Structures. Call (509) 329-6054.

Contact us today toschedule a design consultation