Installing pavers can make your patio really lovely. However, if you will neglect to clean the patio paver, then you will be left with a patio that will look very untidy. You have to understand that pavers can attract all kinds of stains. So you need to be very meticulous in cleaning your patio paver to keep your patio looking great. So here are some DIY tips that you may find helpful to remove different stains on your patio pavers.
Removing BBQ Oil Splashes
If you installed a barbecue grill on your outdoor patio, then oil and fats will certainly make unsightly marks on your patio paving. Fats can seep through the paving stones and bricks making them too nasty to remove. Removing fat stains on your patio can also be a big task especially after a big barbecue party.
The best thing that you can do is to sprinkle dishwashing liquid on your stained pavers and apply hot water. Then you can scrub the oil-stained patio paver with a broom. Wash the area thoroughly and the fats and oil splashes will disappear.
However, if the fats have seeped through the paving stone or brick, removing the stains with dishwashing liquid might not work. What you can do is to mix plaster of paris and water in a big cup. Add one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid to the mixture and stir thoroughly. Apply the sticky substance over the stained paving stones or bricks. Allow the plaster to dry then sweep it with a broom. The oil stains will miraculously disappear because the plaster of paris will absorb the deeply embedded fats on your patio paving.
Removing Moss Stains
Moss can also pose a problem on your patio paver. Usually, moss will grow if your patio has poor drainage and located in a shaded area. You can easily remove moss with boiling water but it will leave unsightly marks on your pavers.
To remove moss stains, you can mix pure white vinegar and water. Soak the moss stained paving with this mixture. Allow the mixture to seep through the paving for 15 to 20 minutes then scrub the stains with strong bristled brush. This solution will usually do the trick in removing moss stains.
Removing Tire Stains
If you have children in the house, then they will probably ride their small bikes on the patio. So it is possible to have tire marks on patio pavers which can be very tough to remove. The rubber tires of small toy cars can also leave small tire stains on your patio paver.
You should avoid using chemicals in removing rubber tire stains. These chemicals will melt the rubber and will spread the stains over a large area. What you should do is to liberally sprinkle rock salt over the stained paving. Then you should brush the stained bricks and stones. The salt will peel off the rubber tire stains on your patio. This solution will also work if you have a paved driveway. Just use rock salt and the tire marks on the pavers can be removed completely.