How to Remove Maple Leaf Stains From Paving Stones

If you have maple trees on or near your property, the odds are good that your paving stones, also called pavers, will be stained by fallen leaves.

Maple leaf stains frequently resist pressure washing and heavy rains. Some turn to muriatic acid to remove the stains. However, since this acid can damage the stones, you will have more success with an a homemade cleaning solution and a little elbow grease.

Sweep the area clean. You need to get rid of all loose leaves and debris, otherwise you will just make a big, muddy mess.

Mix up the cleaning solution. Pour in 1/2 gallon of bleach, 4 cups of vinegar and 1/2 gallon of water. Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from the bleach.

Saturate the stains with the cleaning solution. Wet a scrub brush thoroughly and use it to apply the cleaning mixture to the stains.

Scrub the stains using the wire brush. Use firm pressure and circular motions. If there is a "grain" on your pavers, go with the grain rather than against it.

Rinse the paving stones with a garden hose. You may have to treat the stains two or three times before they fade completely.

Things You Will Need

  • Broom
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Rubber gloves
  • Wire brush
  • Bleach
  • Vinegar
  • Garden hose


  • Test the cleaning solution on a small, unnoticeable area of your paving stones before you apply it to your entire patio to make sure it doesn't damage or stain them.