How to Clean Pavers With Bleach

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Things You'll Need

  • Water

  • Bleach

  • Dish soap

  • Spray bottle

  • Nylon-bristled brush

  • Hose


Be careful not to apply the bleach solution to the grass or plants around your pavers. Bleach will kill any plants it comes into contact with and could make the soil infertile.

Clean pavers as soon as you notice excessive buildup.

Pavers are often made of concrete or another porous material that you can remove stains from easily with bleach and warm water. Bleach is a very strong chemical that you will need to dilute before you can use it. Using a strong concentration may excessively lighten the color of your pavers or make them appear splotchy. Clean your pavers on a sunny day so that they have time to air dry after you rinse off the bleach solution.

Step 1

Dilute ½ cup bleach in 1 qt. warm water.

Step 2

Add 1 tsp. liquid dish soap. This will help enhance the bleach's ability to remove tough stains from the pavers and will help rinse away dirt.

Step 3

Pour the solution into a spray bottle.

Step 4

Spray the pavers with the solution until you completely soak them.

Step 5

Let the pavers sit in the solution for at least 20 minutes. This will give the solution time to sink into the pores of the pavers so that you won't need to scrub as vigorously.

Step 6

Scrub each paver with a stiff nylon bristled brush. Do not use metal bristled as these will scratch the surface of most types of pavers.

Step 7

Rinse the bleach solution and the dirt off with water from your hose.

Step 8

Let the pavers dry completely.


Kaye Wagner

Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.