How to Clean a Sandstone Patio

Sandstone is a siliceous stone, composed of particles such as quartz or silica.
Cleaning a sandstone patio is inexpensive; homeowners probably have the necessary materials on hand.Cleaning a sandstone patio is inexpensive; homeowners probably have the necessary materials on hand.
It is less expensive and easier to cut than granite and comes in a range of colors; adding this to its durability makes it a popular choice for outdoor patios. Over time, collected dirt, vegetation and even algae or moss can dull the color or stain the surface of the sandstone pavers. While care must be used in choosing a proper cleaner to avoid damaging the porous surface of the patio, restoring a new look to the patio really just requires some elbow grease.

Step 1

Pull any weeds that are poking up through the sandstone pavers. This will make cleaning the patio easier, and weeds will not get stuck in the brush during the cleaning process.

Step 2

Add the correct amount of cleaning fluid to a large bucket of water following the manufacturer's guidelines. The water temperature will not matter in the cleaning process.

Step 3

Don a pair of waterproof or latex work gloves -- such as used for household cleaning -- to protect your hands while cleaning the patio.

Step 4

Dip the stiff-bristled brush into the soapy water. Begin with one section or corner of the patio and vigorously scrub the pavers in a circular motion with the brush, applying cleaning solution freely.

Step 5

Continue around the circumference of the patio. Additional scrubbing may be needed on areas that are excessively dirty or appear stained. Repeat the process until the entire patio has been scrubbed clean.

Step 6

Rinse the patio with clear water. Allow it to dry, and examine the sandstone to see if there are areas that need repeat scrubbing. If so, repeat the process, making sure to rinse off the cleaner to remove any soap residue.

Step 7

Prepare a solution of equal parts bleach and water in the bucket. Using a sponge, apply this solution to any areas of the patio that appear black. If the stain remains stubborn, use the stiff brush to apply the bleach; rinse the area thoroughly.

Things You Will Need

  • Acid-free, mild soap (such as mild dish detergent)
  • Large bucket
  • Stiff brush with a long handle
  • Waterproof work gloves
  • Bleach
  • Sponge

About the Author

Lori Lapierre holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science in public relations/communications. For 17 years, she worked for a Fortune 500 company before purchasing a business and starting a family. She is a regular freelancer for "Living Light News," an award-winning national publication. Her past writing experience includes school news reporting, church drama, in-house business articles and a self-published mystery, "Duty Free Murder."