How to successfully remove different types of stains from block paving

Removing unsightly stains and spills from your block paving can help restore your driveway or patio to its former glory while protecting its lifespan. Various blots and spills can affect paving; this blog will look at how you can treat them. When applying a treatment or solution to your paving, it’s advisable only to use it on a small, discreet area in case of any problems.

Removing moss and lichens

Moss and lichens tend to proliferate in shady, damp areas. First, remove any large clumps, and then apply a weed killer. The weed killer will slowly work to eradicate the moss and lichens and deter regrowth.

Treating oil spills

If you mop up an oil spill immediately, it will not stain block paving. However, if left, it will seep into the paver. Light oil stains can be cleaned using a powerful detergent, a stiff brush and warm water. If the stain is more obstinate, you can use an emulsifying degreaser to remove the blight.

Cleaning rust stains

Rust stains caused by leaking guttering are straightforward to remove using a ten per cent hydrochloric acid solution. However, you must take great care to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines, as the acid can corrode the surface.

Mopping up paint spills

If you spill paint on block paving, the first step is to mop the paint up rather than wipe, as wiping will spread the stain. To clear the affected area, use a solvent solution and clean the paving with a detergent.

Dealing with tyre marks

If you are impatient and can’t wait for time and the weathering effect to remove tyre marks, crack out the strong detergent again and work with a brush and warm water.

It’s important to remember that any of these cleaning products can damage your paving if not used correctly, so always follow the guidelines and try to treat the source of the stain to prevent further issues.