Cleaning Pavers

/Cleaning Pavers
Before and after of a paver cleaning and sealing project.


Cleaning pavers correctly will wash away years of grime, stains, oil and tar buildup. This tutorial will cover the basics of cleaning your pavers without compromising the foundation.


  • Power Washer
  • Rotary Surface Cleaner Sidewinder
  • Broom


  • Walkway: 2 – 4 hours
  • Patio: 4 – 6 hours
  • Driveway: 8+ hours


First, sweep away any excess dirt or buildup clearing as much debris as possible before washing. Once the area is swept, use a power washer with a rotary surface cleaner attachment to begin cleaning pavers. Some pavers may require a little more attention to remove stains from caused by oil and tar.


Pro Tip:Using a high pressure wand can actually etch your pavers or undermine the bedding sand. A rotary washer reduces the impact and cleans pavers without compromising your pavers and foundation.


Oil and Grease

For oil and grease stains use Techniseal Professional Grade Oil & Grease. Apply a generous amount to the stain and let it sit for a few hours. Once it has dried, sweep away any remaining debris with a broom.


For organic stains such as moss, mildew, blood, wine and food stains we use Techniseal Organic Strain Remover. Apply to the affected area and scrub with a brush. After the stain is removed wash away the solution with a garden hose..

Tar & Tire

For paint, tar and tire marks we use Techniseal Paint Tar & Rubber. Easily remove stains by applying a generous amount to the affected area. Scrub the pavers clean and wash away the remaining with a hose.


To remove sealant, use Techniseal Sealant Stripper. A five gallon container will cover up to 200 square feet. Apply to pavers and use a power washer with a rotary head attachment to remove the old layer of sealant.

After you have cleaned your pavers you may choose to seal them before re-sanding the joints. Sealing your pavers will help to keep them clean for up to 3 years. Learn how to seal pavers.


We recommend waiting either 24-48 hours or until the pavers are dry to begin the re-sanding process. Choose polymeric sand (gray or beige) for your joints to provide extra protection. Use a broom to sweep the sand into position filling in the spaces between each paver.