How to clean pavers for a beautiful outdoor space

Find out how to clean pavers naturally with vinegar, baking soda, detergent and pressure washers.

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We all love being outdoors, and a beautifully paved area in your garden really is something to enjoy. Regular maintenance will keep it looking fresh, but you will need to give it a good clean too. Here’s how to clean pavers naturally, ensuring they always look their best.

Scrape away as much debris as you can before cleaning pavers with vinegar, or any other solution. The task will become so much easier when you do.

How to clean pavers naturally

There are plenty of good chemical cleaners out there, but if you’d prefer not to use chemicals you don’t have to. We’re going to show you the best way to clean pavers with natural ingredients. The following steps are important, whichever method you use:

  • Move furniture and other items well out of the way.
  • Dig out moss, weeds and algae that can come away easily.
  • Brush away loose debris with a stiff brush.
  • Soak your patio with water.
  • Always test your cleaning solution on a small area first, before diving in.
  • Repeat the cleaning method if necessary.

How to clean sandstone pavers

Sandstone pavers look beautiful, but they can easily pick up a lot of dirt and lose their sparkle. However, once you know how to clean pavers, you can bring them back to their best in no time. All you need is a little detergent and warm water:

  • Mix in detergent with warm water in a big bucket.
  • Pour over the pavers, making sure you cover them fully.
  • Give the area a good scrub with your hard bristled brush.
  • Rinse the area thoroughly.
  • Leave overnight, and if your pavers are still dirty the next day you can repeat the process.

The same goes for how to clean limestone pavers. As you can’t use vinegar – or any acidic solution – on limestone, you’re best off sticking to the water and (non-acidic) detergent method above.

How to clean concrete pavers

Baking soda is an amazing household cleaner, and it can work really well on your pavers too. All you have to do is:

  • Fill a bucket with a cup of baking soda and warm water. Add a little detergent for a super clean finish.
  • Mix well and then spray or pour onto the pavers.
  • Leave to sit for 30 minutes.
  • Brush and then rinse off.

Cleaning brick pavers

Cleaning pavers with vinegar is a great way to get rid of stubborn moss, algae and stains on brick. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Always use white vinegar, as dark vinegar can stain.
  • Soak affected areas, making sure the vinegar is evenly distributed.
  • Leave for 1 hour or so.
  • Spray pavers with soap and a little water, then brush off.

Cleaning granite pavers

Granite pavers are super strong and can take a really thorough clean from a pressure washer. You won’t need to pressure wash frequently, so renting one is probably the best way to go 

  • Saturate the pavers with water.
  • Apply your chosen cleaning solution evenly and leave as desired.
  • Turn on the pressure washer to blast away debris and dirt.
  • Be very careful if there’s sand between the pavers, as the pressure could blow it out.

Clean pavers add a really special touch to your outdoor space. When they’re looked after you’ll have a beautiful patio or terrace to enjoy. Now you know how to clean pavers properly, you can always keep yours looking their best.

Key steps

If you want to know how to clean pavers, follow our key steps:

  1. Get rid of loose debris and easy to remove moss etc.
  2. Soak the pavers with clean water.
  3. Apply your chosen solution – test on a small area first.
  4. Let it sit before scrubbing and rinsing.
  5. Repeat if necessary.

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