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How to Remove Soot and Smoke Stains from a Paver Patio

Updated on February 7, 2012
Remove soot and smoke stains from paver patios
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Do it yourself type homeowners put a lot of time and effort into installing a paver patio. Those who aren’t quite as handy as a do it yourselfers put a lot of money into their patio to create a great out space to hang out with the family or enjoy a large get together. Part of outdoor entertaining many times, involves barbecuing or lighting a fire in an outdoor fire pit. Barbecuing food is an easy and convenient way of feeding your family, friends and guests. Enjoying the warmth from an outdoor fire pit offers some time and togetherness or the fun of making s’mores. After the food is cold and the fire pit embers are long cooled, you may notice a dark discoloration around the grill or fire pit, which are typically soot and smoke stains. Soot and smoke stains are a black residue left like an ugly tattoo on your beautiful paver patio. The stains take the beauty away from the patio. Many times the stains are very difficult to remove. Actually, soot and smoke stains aren’t as hard to remove as you may think as long as you use the right remedy; you can have your pavers looking clean and new in no time.

Homemade Recipe to Remove Soot and Smoke Stains from Pavers

Pour 1 gallon of warm water into a bucket, add 64 ounces of cola and 1 cup of powdered laundry detergent.

Stir the water, cola and powdered laundry detergent with a stick or large wood spoon until the laundry detergent dissolves.

Pour some of the bucket contents into a large spray bottle.

Spray the cleaning solution onto the pavers and allow it to sit on the soot and smoke stains for 15 to 20 minutes.

Submerge a stiff nylon bristle scrub brush into the remaining cleaning solution in the bucket and scrub the paver stains.

Spray water from a garden hose to rinse away the cleaner.

Spray more cleaner onto the pavers, dip the scrub brush into the cleaning solution and scrub again.

Spray water from the garden hose over the area to remove the cleaner and remaining soot and smoke stains.

If any stains remain, repeat the process. Typically the soot and smoke stains will be washed away unless there is a heavy layer or they have been there for a long time.

If you are cleaning brick pavers, spray the cleaning solution on the pavers and sprinkle a light layer of ground pumice over the top. Scrub the soot and smoke stains with the scrub brush. The ground pumice is an abrasive that gets into tiny crevices to pull the stains out. Do not use ground pumice if your pavers are sealed or are prone to scratching.

There are commercially available chemical based soot and stain removers, but the homemade version is just as effective.


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