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How to remove bacon grease from brick pavers

Brick pavers add a decorative touch to your walkway, patio or driveway. In addition to being sturdy and functional pavers come in many colours, shapes and textures, adding visual interest to your outdoor areas. Pavers are often used in patio areas, where they can be exposed to many types of spills and stains, including bacon grease from grilling. Brick pavers, like many other stone surfaces, are porous and will absorb the stain from bacon grease if the spill isn't cleaned up quickly. Remove the stain fully to avoid discolouration.

Wipe up as much bacon grease substance as possible using paper towels. Try to keep the bacon grease contained to the stain area as you wipe it up, rather than smearing it further onto your brick pavers. Discard the soiled paper towels.

Pour cornstarch over the site of the bacon grease spill so the stain is completely covered with a mound of cornstarch. Allow the cornstarch to absorb the excess bacon grease for at least one hour before removing it with a broom and dust pan.

Clean surface dirt off the surrounding brick pavers by sweeping them so you don't have dirt and debris getting mixed in with your oil stain as you work to remove it.

Hose down the bacon grease-stained brick pavers with a high pressure hose. Apply 1 tbsp dishwashing detergent to the stain and work it into the grease with a stiff push-broom to form a foamy lather.

Rinse the dishwashing soap off your brick paves with the high pressure hose. Air dry the pavers then check to make sure the grease stain is completely gone. Proceed to the next step to tackle remaining bacon grease stains.

Apply a paver stain removing solution to the last traces of grease stain on your brick pavers, using the solution according to directions. Wick up excess moisture on the brick pavers with old towels before letting them air-dry.

Tip

Absorb bacon grease from your pavers with sawdust, cat litter or baking soda. Wipe up grease spills quickly and pour an absorbent on them for the easiest stain removal.

Warning

Grease and oil stains that are left unattended become dirt magnets, attracting all kinds of debris and stains to your pavers.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Cornstarch
  • Broom
  • Dust pan
  • High pressure hose
  • Bucket
  • 1 tbsp hand dishwashing detergent
  • Stiff-bristled broom
  • Paver stain remover
  • Old towels
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About the Author

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.