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How to Remove Mold From a Concrete Path

By Kimberly Johnson ; Updated September 21, 2017
Bleach kills mold and prevents it from spreading.

Concrete surfaces such as pathways are porous even if they have been sealed. Because they are flat, horizontal surfaces, water often remains on them after rains. In areas of shade, the water takes longer to evaporate and leads to the growth of mold. While mold on pathways is not harmful, it is not attractive. Removing mold from concrete paths requires only basic household cleaning supplies and a bit of scrubbing to accomplish.

Fill a bucket with a mixture of four parts of water and one part of bleach.

Pour the mixture onto the concrete path, concentrating it on the areas where visible mold is growing. Allow the mixture to sit for five to 10 minutes to begin killing the mold.

Scrub the surface of the concrete path with a long-handled scrub brush. Use firm pressure and continue scrubbing until all traces of the mold is removed from the path.

Rinse the path off with a garden hose that has a sprayer attached to the end. Direct the water runoff away from desirable plants since the bleach may harm them.

Refill the bucket with one gallon of water and one to two tbsp. of dish soap. Insert the scrub brush into the bucket and scrub the surface of the concrete path to remove the remaining bleach residue.

Rinse the path again with the garden hose to remove the soap. Again direct the spray away from desirable plants.

 

Things You Will Need

  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Bleach
  • Long-handled scrub brush
  • Garden hose with sprayer attachment
  • Dish soap
  • Pressure washer (optional)

Tip

  • If the mold is difficult to remove, use a pressure washer instead of a garden hose.

About the Author

 

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.