How to Stain Cement Pavers

Mason Howard

Personalize your cement pavers to accent and compliment your home’s exterior by staining them with concrete stain. Concrete stain is available in a wide array of colors and is easy to apply to previously unfinished pavers. Use a single color or use more than one color to create unique patterns.

Stain can be applied to new pavers before installing them or old, faded, and already installed pavers can be cleaned for restorative staining. Follow these basic steps to prepare and stain your concrete pavers.

  1. Wash previously installed pavers with a high-pressure washer to remove all dirt. Use a plastic bristle scrub brush with a solution of detergent and warm water to remove oil, salt stains, mildew, grease and other hard-to-remove stains.

  2. Wash the pavers, whether they are new or old, with an industrial cleaner that has etching agents. Mildly etching the pavers will allow the stain to better absorb into the pores of the cement. Wear latex gloves to avoid skin absorption of the chemicals in the cleaner and work outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Scrub the cleaner onto all surfaces with the plastic bristle scrub brush. Rinse the pavers with water and allow them to dry.

  3. Test the stain in an inconspicuous area and allow it to dry for a few minutes to ensure that the color is to your liking.

  4. Seal and protect the stained surfaces by applying a concrete sealer. Use a concrete sealer that is recommended by the manufacturer of the stain. Apply a single, even coat and allow the sealer to dry for at least four hours, or until dry to the touch. Apply a two to four additional coats to ensure even and adequate coverage. Allow coats to dry before applying additional coats. Sealer can be applied to pavers with a sprayer, roller or brush.

  5. Allow the pavers to dry for two to three days before installing (if they are new pavers) or before walking on them (if they are previously installed pavers).

  6. Add new sand as needed to the grout lines of previously installed pavers. Much of the original sand may have been washed away during pressure washing.