Pavers are the blocks of choice for driveways, sidewalks, and patios. They are easy to install and maintain, but they can become stained with oil, grease, or rust. These stains can be difficult to remove, but there are some methods that work better than others.

Before you look to remove any oil grease or rust from stained pavers you must first determine how long the stain has been there. If it is a new stain, you can usually remove it with a degreaser or a bleach solution. If the stain is old, however, it may be set in and will require a more aggressive approach.

A new stain is one that has been there for less than 24 hours and an old stain is one that has been there for more than 24 hours.

The solutions listed below will also work if you have polymeric sand in-between the pavers.

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Can’t I Just Pressure Wash it?

Unfortunately, pressure washing alone won’t be able to remove all of the stains from your pavers. It is a good way to start, but you will likely need to use one of the other methods mentioned below to get the job done.

The pressure washer can be used once the stain has been removed to clean the pavers and restore their original color.

Now you know this, let’s show you the many different ways you can remove oil, grease, and rust stains from your pavers.

Related: How To Clean Patio Slabs (Without A Pressure Washer)

Removing Fresh Oil Stains on Pavers

If the stain is new, you can try using a degreaser or a bleach solution to remove it. Degreasers can be purchased at most hardware stores, and they work by dissolving the oil or grease that is on the surface of the pavers.

Note: Before you try any of the methods I’m about to suggest, I recommend you test a small area to make sure the solution doesn’t damage the pavers.

Bleach solutions can also be used to remove oil and grease stains, but they must be used with caution.

Bleach can damage the surface of the pavers if it is not diluted properly. Always follow the instructions on the bottle, and never mix bleach with other chemicals.

Method 1 – Using a store-bought degreaser

Tools you will need – A degreaser, lots of tissue or old rags, a small handheld nylon bristle brush, a garden hose.

Step 1. Grab some tissue or old rags to blot up as much of the oil or grease as possible.

Step 2. Next, apply a degreaser to the area and let it sit for 15 minutes.

Step 3. After 15 minutes, use a brush to scrub the area where the degreaser was applied.

Step 4. Finally, rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

Method 2 – using baking soda and white vinegar

Tools you will need Baking soda, white vinegar, a small handheld nylon bristle brush, a garden hose.

Step 1. Make a paste of baking soda and vinegar, and apply it to the oil or grease stain.

Step 2. Let the paste sit for 30 minutes.

Step 3. Use a brush to scrub the area where the paste was applied.

Step 4. Rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

Method 3 – Using liquid dish soap or laundry detergent

It’s actually amazing how many tasks can be done with simple soap and detergents found in your home. Removing oil or grease stains from your pavers is one of them.

Tools you will need – Liquid dish soap or laundry detergent, a small handheld nylon bristle brush, a garden hose.

Step 1. Apply the dish soap or laundry detergent directly to the oil or grease stain.

Step 2. Rub the area with a brush to work the soap into the stain.

Step 3. Rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

Method 4 – using bleach and water

Even though bleach can remove oil from your pavers, we wouldn’t recommend it because it can also damage the pavers. I would recommend testing a small area before applying bleach to the entire stain.

Where possible, purchasing a commercial oil stain remover is a more effective way to clean your pavers.

Tools you will need – Bleach, water, a small handheld nylon bristle brush, protective gloves, goggles, and a garden hose.

Step 1. Mix bleach and water in a ratio of 1:10.

Step 2. Apply the bleach solution to the oil or grease stain.

Step 3. Let the bleach solution sit for 15 minutes.

Step 4. Use a brush to scrub the area where the bleach solution was applied.

Step 5. Rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

Removing Old Oil Stains on Pavers

If you have an old stain on your pavers, unfortunately, no household chemicals will be able to remove it. In this case, you will need to use a more aggressive approach.

A paver cleaner can be purchased at most hardware stores, and it is a product that is specifically designed to remove oil or grease stains from pavers.

Method 1 – using store-bought paving cleaner

Tools you will need – store-bought paver cleaner, an old toothbrush or a small handheld nylon bristle brush, a garden hose.

Step 1. Pour the paver cleaner onto the stain and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Step 2. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the area where the cleaner was applied.

Step 3. Finally, rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

Method 2 – Using Muriatic Acid

Muriatic acid is a very strong chemical that should be used with caution. Always follow the instructions on the label, and make sure to wear gloves, goggles, and a respirator when using this product.

Muriatic acid dissolves a micron-thick layer of efflorescence on the surface of your paving stones, resulting in colored standing water or foaming.

Tools you will need – Muriatic acid, water, gloves, goggles, a respirator, an old toothbrush or a small handheld nylon bristle brush, a garden hose.

Step 1. Mix muriatic acid and water in a ratio of 1:10.

Step 2. Apply the mixture to the stain and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Step 3. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the area where the cleaner was applied.

Step 4. Finally, rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

Method 3 – Using a Commercial Paver Cleaner

If you have an oil or grease stain on your pavers, a commercial paver cleaner may be the best way to remove it.

Even though I have laid out simple instructions, it is just a guideline. Your best bet is to read the label before using any type of cleaner on your pavers.

Tools you will need – A commercial paver cleaner, an old toothbrush or a small handheld nylon bristle brush, a garden hose.

Step 1. Pour the paver cleaner onto the stain and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Step 2. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the area where the cleaner was applied.

Step 3. Finally, rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

Preventing Oil and Grease Stains on Pavers

The best way to remove oil or grease stains is to prevent them from happening in the first place.

Here are a few tips to help you do that:

  • – Use mats or rugs at all entrances to your home to help collect dirt, mud, and debris before it has a chance to get on your pavers.
  • – Periodically clean your mats or rugs to prevent them from becoming a source of dirt and debris.
  • – Clean up any spills immediately.
  • – Keep your pavers clean by sweeping or power washing them on a regular basis.
  • – Seal your pavers to create a barrier against oil and grease

How To Remove Oil Stains From Granite Paving

The best way to remove oil stains from granite paving is to use a commercial cleaner like Grimex. Grimex is a heavy-duty stain remover that is specifically designed to remove oil and grease stains from pavers.

Even though I have laid out simple instructions, it is just a guideline. Your best bet is to read the label before using any type of cleaner on your pavers.

Tools you will need – Grimex, an old toothbrush or a small handheld nylon bristle brush, a garden hose.

Step 1. Pour Grimex onto the stain and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Step 2. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the area where the cleaner was applied.

Step 3. Finally, rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

LTP Grimex is suitable for Sandstone, Granite, Slate, Limestone and Porcelain Paving.

Using Vinegar To Remove Oil Stains From Brick Pavers

You can only use vinegar on fresh oil stains since it is not powerful enough to remove old stains.

Vinegar has an astringent nature, making it a good degreaser. Its acidic properties make it ideal for dissolving oil stains from bricks, concrete, and other hard surfaces.

If the vinegar mix is too strong it can damage some pavers, hence, why I always recommend using white vinegar or another mild vinegar.

Tools you will need – White vinegar, a cloth, water, an old toothbrush or a small handheld nylon bristle brush, a garden hose.

Step 1. Saturate the stain with white vinegar using a cloth.

Step 2. Let it sit for 10 minutes.

Step 3. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the area where the cleaner was applied.

Step 4. Rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

How To Remove Citronella Oil From Concrete

Citronella Oil is a common ingredient in mosquito repellents. It is also a common ingredient in oil based paints.

If you get citronella oil on your concrete, the best way to remove it is with kitty litter and neat detergent (used in soap flakes, powders and bars)

Tools you will need – Kitty litter, neat detergent, an old toothbrush or a small handheld nylon bristle brush, a garden hose. dust pan and brush.

Step 1. Pour kitty litter onto the stain and let it sit for several hours.

Step 2. Brush up as much of kitty litter and oil residue as possible.

Step 3. Add 3 or 4 drops of the detergent onto the stain and with a stiff brush scrub the detergent into the stain.

Step 4. Rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

Step 5. Repeat the process several times if necessary.

How To Remove Olive Oil Stain From Pavers

If you have a fresh olive oil stain on your pavers, you can use either liquid dish soap or laundry detergent to remove it.

Tools you will need – Liquid dish soap, laundry detergent, an old toothbrush or a small handheld nylon bristle brush, a garden hose.

Step 1. Pour liquid dish soap onto the stain and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Step 2. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the area where the cleaner was applied.

Step 3. Rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

If you have an old olive oil stain on your pavers, you can use acetone to remove it.

Tools you will need – Acetone, cotton balls, an old toothbrush or a small handheld nylon bristle brush, a garden hose.

Step 1. Soak a cotton ball in acetone and apply it to the stain.

Step 2. Let it sit for 10 minutes.

Step 3. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the area where the cleaner was applied.

Step 4. Rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

How To Remove Fertilizer Stains From Pavers

It is quite easy to remove fertilizer stains from your pavers by simply using lemon juice or white vinegar.

Tools you will need – Lemon juice, white vinegar, an old toothbrush or a small handheld nylon bristle brush, a garden hose.

Step 1. Pour lemon juice or white vinegar onto the stain and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Step 2. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the area where the cleaner was applied.

Step 3. Rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

Removing Rust Stains on Pavers

The solutions I’m going to suggest will all work with all paver types including colored ones.

Method 1 – Using Fresh lemon juice and white vinegar

The reason why the combination of lemon juice and white vinegar work so well is because of the acidity in both ingredients. The citric acid in lemon juice helps to break down the rust while the acetic acid in white vinegar helps to remove any residual lemon juice.

Tools you will need – White vinegar, fresh lemon juice, an old toothbrush or a small handheld nylon bristle brush, a garden hose.

Step 1. Combine equal parts of white vinegar and lemon juice in a bowl.

Step 2. Apply the mixture to the rust stain using a cloth.

Step 3. Let it sit for 10 minutes.

Step 4. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the area where the cleaner was applied.

Step 5. Rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

Method 2 – Using Baking Soda and Vinegar

The reason why baking soda and vinegar work so well is because of the chemical reaction that takes place between the two ingredients.

The acetic acid in vinegar reacts with the sodium bicarbonate in baking soda to form carbonic acid, which is a weak acid that helps to break down the rust on your pavers.

Tools you will need – White vinegar, baking soda, an old toothbrush or a small handheld nylon bristle brush, a garden hose.

Step 1. Combine 1 cup of baking soda with 1/2 cup of white vinegar in a bowl.

Step 2. Apply the mixture to the rust stain using a cloth.

Step 3. Let it sit for 10 minutes.

Step 4. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the area where the cleaner was applied.

Step 5. Rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

Method 3 – Using a wire brush and liquid dish soap or washing detergent

Tools you will need – A wire brush, liquid dish soap or washing detergent, a garden hose.

Step 1. Scrub the rust stain with a wire brush to loosen it from the surface of the pavers.

Step 2. Mix 1 cup of water with 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap or washing detergent in a bowl.

Step 3. Apply the mixture to the rust stain using a cloth.

Step 4. Let it sit for 10 minutes.

Step 5. Scrub the area with a wire brush again to remove any residual rust Stain.

Step 6. Rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

Method 4 – Using LTP Rust Stain Remover (commercial stain remover)

LTP rust stain remover is a popular choice for removing rust stains from pavers. It is a non-caustic solution that is safe to use on all types of pavers. These chemicals can be used on many types of stone including porcelain, granite, marble, and limestone.

Tools you will need – LTP Rust Stain Remover, an old toothbrush or a small handheld nylon bristle brush, a garden hose.

Step 1. Apply the rust stain remover to the affected area.

Step 2. Let it sit for 10 minutes.

Step 3. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the area where the cleaner was applied.

Step 4. Rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

How To Clean Grease Off Patio Slabs

Removing grease from your pavers is much easier than removing oil or rust stains. All you need is a little dishwashing detergent and some hot water.

Tools you will need – Dishwashing detergent, hot water, a garden hose.

Step 1. Mix 1/4 cup of dishwashing detergent with 1 gallon of hot water in a bucket or container.

Step 2. Apply the mixture to the grease stain using a cloth or sponge.

Step 3. Let it sit for 10 minutes.

Step 4. Rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

How to clean bbq grease off concrete

The way in which you clean bbq grease off your concrete is very similar to what I have already discussed for removing grease from your pavers.

Method 1 – Using baking soda and vinegar

Tools you will need – Baking soda, white vinegar, a garden hose.

Step 1. Combine 1 cup of baking soda with 1/2 cup of white vinegar in a bowl.

Step 2. Apply the mixture to the grease stain using a cloth or sponge.

Step 3. Let it sit for 10 minutes.

Step 4. Rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

Method 2 – Using dishwashing detergent and hot water

Tools you will need – Dishwashing detergent, hot water, a garden hose.

Step 1. Mix 1/4 cup of dishwashing detergent with 1 gallon of hot water in a bucket or container.

Step 2. Apply the mixture to the grease stain using a cloth or sponge.

Step 3. Let it sit for 10 minutes.

Step 4. Rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

Method 3 – Using Trisodium Phosphate (TSP)

Before you start using any chemicals like TSP, make sure you follow a strict safety protocol. This includes wearing gloves, long pants, and long sleeves. You should also make sure you are in a well-ventilated area.

Tools you will need – Trisodium Phosphate (TSP), a garden hose.

Step 1. Mix 1/2 cup of TSP with 2 gallons of water in a bucket or container.

Step 2. Apply the mixture to the grease stain using a cloth or sponge.

Step 3. Let it sit for 10 minutes.

Step 4. Rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

Method 4 – Using Cat Litter and Cola

Now, this may sound a little strange, but it does work. The cat litter absorbs the grease and the Cola helps to break down the bbq grease.

Tools you will need – Cat Litter, Cola, a garden hose.

Step 1. Cover the grease stain with cat litter.

Step 2. With old shoes walk across the surface to grind the cat litter into the grease stain.

Step 3. Sweep up the cat litter and grease residue.

Step 4. Pour a can of Cola over the remaining grease stain.

Step 5. Let it sit for 10 – 20 minutes.

Step 6. Rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

Method 5 – Using acetone

This is a very strong chemical and you should take caution when using it. Acetone can be harmful if ingested, so make sure to wear gloves and goggles when using it.

The method is similar to the baking powder method I described earlier. In fact, it works much better if you combine both the baking powder and acetone.

Tools you will need – Acetone, baking powder, gloves, goggles, a garden hose.

Step 1. Combine 1 cup of baking soda with 1/2 cup of acetone in a bowl.

Step 2. Apply the mixture to the grease stain using a cloth or sponge.

Step 3. Let it sit for at least 24 hours.

Step 4. Sweep away the baking soda and acetone mixture.

Step 5. Rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

Method 6 – Using a steam cleaner

This is one of the most effective ways to remove grease from your pavers or concrete. The high-pressure steam will loosen the grease and dirt, making it easy to wipe away.

A steam cleaner will remove all types of grease from your pavers like meat grease, cooking grease, and even oil.

Tools you will need – A steam cleaner, a garden hose.

Step 1. Connect the steam cleaner to the garden hose.

Step 2. Turn on the steam cleaner and wait for it to reach full temperature.

Step 3. Apply the steam cleaner to the grease stain, moving it in a circular motion.

Step 4. Let it sit for 10 minutes.

Step 5. Rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

Method 5 – Using WD-40

WD-40 is a popular choice for cleaning greasy surfaces as it is safe to use on most materials. It is non-toxic and biodegradable so it won’t harm your pavers or the environment.

WD-40 is an oil displacer that has the ability to penetrate and remove grease from hard-to-reach places. Spray the stain and leave it to act for around 20 minutes with WD-40. Clean the area using a brush or a sponge, then rinse it with water.

Tools you will need – WD-40, gloves, a garden hose.

Step 1. Wear gloves to protect your hands.

Step 2. Spray WD-40 onto the grease stain.

Step 3. Leave it to work for 20 minutes.

Step 4. Brush or sponge the area clean.

Step 5. Rinse with water to remove any residue.

How To Remove Cement Stains From Pavers

You can remove cement stains from your pavers quite easily with either liquid dish soap or laundry detergent.

Tools you will need – Liquid dish soap or laundry detergent, a garden hose.

Step 1. Wet the cement stain with water from the garden hose.

Step 2. Apply liquid dish soap or laundry detergent to the stain and scrub with a brush.

Step 3. Rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

Repeat this process if necessary until the stain is removed. You can also use a power washer on stubborn stains. Just be careful not to damage your pavers with the high-pressure stream of water.

What Is The Best Paver Cleaner?

There are several store-bought chemicals on the market to help you clean your pavers. Use these when the DIY methods of using baking soda, vinegar, liquid soap and laundry detergent fail to work.

  1. Karcher RM 564 patio & deck cleaner concentrate (500ml).
  2. Ultima-Plus XP Green Mold & Algae Remover 5 liters.
  3. Jeyes Patio & Decking Power Outdoor Cleaner 4 liters.
  4. Wet and Forget Rapid with Sniper Nozzle.
  5. Pro-Kleen Ready to Use Simply Spray & Walk Away 5 liters.
  6. Patio Magic!

Related: What Is The Best Paving For Patios?

How To Remove Oil Stains From Driveway Block Paving

Removing oil stains from your driveway block paving will also remove petrol and diesel in the same way.

Method 1 – Using white spirit

Tools you will need – White spirit, a garden hose.

Step 1. Soak up as much of the oil as you can with paper towels or an absorbent cloth.

Step 2. Pour white spirit onto the stain and scrub with a brush.

Step 3. Rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

You might have to repeat this process a few times for stubborn stains. Be sure to wear gloves and safety goggles when using white spirit.

Method 2 – Liquid dish soap or laundry detergent, hot water

Tools you will need – Liquid dish soap or laundry detergent, a garden hose.

Step 1. Wet the area with water from the garden hose.

Step 2. Apply liquid dish soap or laundry detergent to the stain and scrub with a brush.

Step 3. Rinse the area with hot water to remove any residue.

Repeat this process if necessary until the stain is removed. You can also use a power washer on stubborn stains but be careful not to damage your pavers with the high-pressure stream of water.

Method 3 – Using a degreaser

Tools you will need – A degreaser, a garden hose.

Step 1. Soak up as much of the oil as you can with paper towels or an absorbent cloth.

Step 2. Pour the degreaser onto the stain and scrub with a brush.

Step 3. Rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

Repeat this process if necessary until the stain is removed. Be sure to wear gloves and safety goggles when using a degreaser.

How to remove oil stains from asphalt driveway

The process is similar to the previous methods but you will need a liquid dish soap or laundry detergent that is designed to remove oil.

Tools you will need – Liquid dish soap or laundry detergent, a garden hose.

Step 1. Wet the area with water from the garden hose.

Step 2. Apply liquid dish soap or laundry detergent to the stain and scrub with a brush.

Step 3. Rinse the area with hot water to remove any residue.

Repeat this process if necessary until the stain is removed. You can also use a power washer on stubborn stains but be careful not to damage your pavers with the high-pressure stream of water.

How to remove oil from driveway tarmac

Again, using liquid dish soap or laundry detergent that is designed to remove oil is the best way to go.

Tools you will need – Liquid dish soap or laundry detergent, a garden hose.

Step 1. Wet the area with water from the garden hose.

Step 2. Apply liquid dish soap or laundry detergent to the stain and scrub with a brush.

Step 3. Rinse the area with hot water to remove any residue.

Repeat this process if necessary until the stain is removed. You can also use a power washer on stubborn stains but be careful not to damage your pavers with the high-pressure stream of water.

FAQs

What causes rust spots on pavers?

Rust spots can be seen on your pavers when water runs over rusty metal fixtures or when metal furniture is left on your pavers for extended periods of time. It also happens if you accidentally spill weed/moss killer containing ferric sulphate.

Will bleach remove oil from pavers?

Yes, bleach will remove oil from your pavers but you need to make sure the ratio of bleach to water is correct or you could damage your pavers. The ratio should be 1 part bleach to 10 parts water.

What is the best way to clean pavers?

The best way to clean pavers is by using a pressure washer with a detergent attachment. You can also use a brush and hose to scrub your pavers clean.

Can you remove oil stains from concrete with coke?

Yes, you can use coke to remove oil stains from concrete. Simply pour coke onto the stain and scrub with a brush. Rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

Summary

Removing oil, grease, and rust stains from your pavers is important to maintain their appearance and longevity. There are a few different methods you can use to remove these stubborn stains.

Be sure to wear gloves and safety goggles when using harsh chemicals. Try out a few different methods until you find one that works best for you.

These methods will also remove hard water stains from pavers.

What have you used to clean oil and grease stains off your pavers?

Let us know in the comments below.

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