There’s nothing worse than a dirty driveway or patio. Whether it is grease from an auto repair gone wrong or cooking oil from your last barbecue session with friends and family you’ll need to remove any unwanted stains before they cause more problems! Accidents happen and it helps if you know how to remove stains from pavers.
How to Remove Oil Stains from Pavers
Most times, you should be able to remove stains with products that are easily found at home or some simple tricks. However, if the stain has set in and is impossible to get rid of completely then it may be necessary for some new paver work – but first try these tips out yourself before investing money into hiring someone else.
Removing Grease and Oil Stains from Paving Stones
- If the stain is fresh and still has liquid resting on the surface, soak up as much of the grease and oil as with paper towels and rags.
- If there’s still a significant amount of grease or oil on the pavers, spreading conventional kitty litter on the stain and gently pushing it into the stain can help. You don’t want to use a wire brush for this as it will scratch the paving stones. Give the kitty litter some time to soak up the liquid then remove the litter by sweeping it up before getting rid of it.
- Scrub the stained area with water, dish soap, and a deck brush or scrub brush (avoid wire bristles). It’s always helpful to use natural products if possible, but a dish soap that’s known for cutting grease and oil will provide good results. Using baking soda in place of dish soap, particularly on smaller stains is also a good idea.
- Wrapping up, spray down the area with a garden hose fitted with a nozzle to spray directly on the area under higher pressure. On the other hand, you can use a pressure washer to remove the oil and grease stains better, but you must be careful not to use too much pressure to damage surfaces like paving stones, bricks, and concrete.
- If the methods above will not remove the grease and oil stains from your pavers, there are other options. For example, consider spraying a large amount of oven cleaner on the stain, then letting it settle for about 20 minutes before rinsing it down. However, be careful when using oven cleaner as it’s filled with chemicals that are not good for you to breathe in or to be rinsed into gardens, lawns or storm drains. Another option is to purchase a degreaser specifically made to remove stains from pavers.
Removing Stains from Pavers
Now that you know how to remove stains from pavers, you can have them look as good as new in no time. If you’ve tried all options with no success, that means you need to have your pavers professionally cleaned or install new pavers by a qualified professional. The pros at Pinellas Pavers are skilled with being tasked in laying beautiful pavers whether it be from your backyard to your pool deck.