Not All Paver Stains Are Equal

When properly maintained, Belgard pavers are guaranteed to last the life of your home. However, even if your concrete pavers were sealed when they were originally installed, sealants will wear over time, leaving your pavers vulnerable to stains from spills, dirt, grease and other elements. Pavers that have never been sealed are particularly vulnerable. However, before sealing or resealing pavers, it’s important to remove existing stains, and even more important to note that not all stains are equal. Thankfully, the experts at Techniseal® developed a full line of paver cleaning products, each specifically formulated to combat a particular type of concrete stain. Their products can be found through various dealers, including Ace Hardware stores.

Techniseal Pre-Seal Paver CleanerPre-Seal Cleaner

If you’re simply dealing with ground-in dirt or efflorescence, this general cleaner will do the trick, as well as prep your pavers to be sealed. Efflorescence refers to the whitish salt deposits that can develop on paver surfaces and make pavers look dull and lifeless. Techniseal® Pre-Seal Cleaner will gently remove efflorescence, scuff marks and dirt, and brighten paver color.

 Techniseal Rust Remover for PaversRust Remover

If you’ve ever moved a planter and discovered a rusty ring beneath it, you’ll be happy to know that Techniseal® Rust Remover for Pavers effectively dissolves stains caused by dripping rusted water, rusted metal furniture or objects, steel streaks, and fertilizer granules. Since it contains no muratic acid, Rust Remover for Pavers won’t damage the paver material. To remove fertilizer stains from a large surface, however, it’s recommended to use Techniseal® Pre-Seal Cleaner.

 Techniseal Dirt & Grease Cleaner for PaversDirt & Grease Cleaner

When you’re looking to remove motor oil stains from your paver driveway or barbecue stains from your outdoor kitchen or patio, Techniseal® Dirt & Grease Cleaner for Pavers is the ideal choice. Recommended for sealed surfaces and fresh stains, it dissolves, dislodges and encapsulates grease, thoroughly cleaning without leaving any oily film after rinsing.

Techniseal Oil & Grease RemoverProfessional Grade Oil & Grease Remover

So, how about grease stains that have been there a while? Ideal for older, penetrated petroleum-based stains, Techniseal® Professional Grade Oil & Grease Remover is an industrial strength cleaner that lifts and absorbs embedded oil stains as it dries from a liquid to a powder. Formulated to work with pavers, concrete slabs, walls and natural stone, this product works without damaging or discoloring the material and requires no scrubbing or rinsing (yes, you read that correctly).

 Techniseal Organic Stain RemoverOrganic Stain Remover

For those of us who are a bit clumsy in the outdoor kitchen, have no fear, there’s a cleaner for that. Red wine, blood, non-greasy food stains…they’ve got you covered. Techniseal® Organic Stain Remover will also effectively remove stains from moss, mildew and dead leaves from either bare or sealed surfaces with minimum scrubbing.

 Techniseal Paint, Tar and Rubber Remover for PaversPaint, Tar And Rubber Remover

If the neighbor’s kid spits his gum out on your paver pool deck, there’s a cleaner for that, too. Techniseal® Paint, Tar and Rubber Remover for Pavers effectively dissolves paint, tar or bitumen, rubber, or chewing gum on pavers, concrete slabs and masonry.

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NEXT WEEK: To seal or not to seal, that is the question. Come back to the Outdoor Living by Belgard next week for tips on knowing when it’s time to reseal your pavers and how to get the best results.

8 Replies to “Not All Paver Stains Are Equal”

  1. We were going to have Belgard come out to the house and give us an estimate on an expansive stone patio and outdoor kitchen. I noticed in your recent post that you would need to clean and seal the stone on a regular basis. Problem….we live on a water well and actually it is near where the addition will be added. I can’t have any contaminants near the water source. What are your suggestions?

    1. Sealants shouldn’t be an issue, because they are applied directly to the paver surface (somewhat like paint) and do not run off. Regarding cleaning the pavers prior to resealing every 3-5 years, there is typically a rinsing process, which could result in runoff. I will direct your question to Techniseal to get their input and will get back with you. Another option you may want to look into is Belgard porcelain pavers. Porcelain does not absorb stains like concrete and therefore do not require maintenance.

    2. The response from the experts at Techniseal:
      While I would always recommend cleaning with the appropriate products, if the concern of contaminants is too much to risk it, power washing would be the next best option. Be sure to use a lower setting to avoid removing the surface texture of the pavers and exposing the aggregate. At least new pavers shouldn’t be heavily stained yet, and sealing them will help prevent stains from being absorbed into the pavers. Sealers don’t produce any runoff, so there’s no concern of contamination during the sealing process itself.

  2. Is there a recommended product that are effective in removing pencil marking and sidewalk chalk marking on newly installed Belgard Laffit Grana pavers that have yet to be sealed?

    Simply hosing it off with a garden hose and rain water did not wash the pencil and chalk marking residue off. Tried the following methods/solutions with heavy scrubbing with a push broom and scouring pad without success to remove pencil and chalk markings: 1) soapy water, 2) baking soda and vinegar, 3) baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, 4) denatured alcohol, 5) 3100 psi pressure washing. Any help is appreciated.

    1. Wow! Sounds like a tough stain. I’ll check with the experts at Techniseal and let you know what they recommend.

    2. Techniseal recommends either of these two products: (click on product name for link)
      * Paver Restorer: This is this their best gentle general paver cleaner.
      * Paver Prep: This product is a stronger formula — just be sure to follow the directions strictly.

      To find a Techniseal dealer in your area, visit the Techniseal locator at Techniseal.com.

  3. Thank you for your reply. Is TechniSeal Paver Prep proven to remove the pencil and sidewalk chalk mark? Has it be tested? It seems to me that the product advertised above on this page such as the rust remover would be effective in removing particular rust stain. Similarly, is it guarantee that the TechniSeal Paver Prep you recommended will remove pencil mark and sidewalk chalk mark? I would hate to purchase yet another product which claims to do the trick only to find out that it does not work.

    Also, I contacted the local dealer here in Northern California to see if we can get the Paver Prep you recommended and was told that the product can only be ordered in bulk “by the pallet” and there is none available in our area. I was told by the dealer that the Paver Prep also has an undefined and indefinite wait time for it to be shipped from a Florida warehouse if they are to ordered in bulk which they are not prepared to when there is only one customer (me) who is interested in the product and apparently there is a limited shelf life to it. This seems counter-intuitive for a company who wants people to use its product to make it so difficult for the general public who is willing to give it a try to gain access to it in the first place.

    I have about 1,200 sq ft of pavers that have either pencil or chalk marks on them that I cannot get rid of. I would like to give the Pro Series Techniseal Paver Prep a try as you recommended. Can you send me some sample directly?

    Last, if the Pro Series Techniseal Paver Prep cannot lift sidewalk chalk residue and the graphite stain left by pencil, I would also like to know what would be the next step in tackling these stains? Thank you for your help.

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