Over time, garden stones can accumulate dirt, grime, and algae, often reducing the beauty of your garden or outdoor space. But do not worry! With a bit of elbow grease and the right techniques, you can restore your white garden stones to their former glory for the upcoming landscaping season.

And in this guide, we'll walk you through the steps on how to clean white gardening stones so that they can enhance the aesthetic appeal of your garden.

White garden stones nestled amid lush greenery, adding elegance to the garden landscape.


Before you begin, the first thing you will need to do is gather the right tools and supplies, which will be:

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Step 1: Clear the area

Start by removing any debris, fallen leaves, or loose dirt from the surface of the garden stones. Use a stiff-bristled brush or broom to sweep away larger particles. 

This step will make the cleaning process more effective and prevent further contamination of the stones.

Step 2: Rinse with water

Using a garden hose or pressure washer, thoroughly rinse the white stones in the garden to loosen any remaining dirt or debris. 

A pressure washer can be particularly effective in dislodging stubborn stains and grime but be cautious not to use too high a pressure setting, as this could damage the stones.

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Step 3: Prepare the cleaning solution

In a bucket, mix a mild detergent or stone cleaner with water according to the manufacturer's instructions. Avoid using harsh chemicals or acidic cleaners, as they may damage the surface of the stones or alter their colour. 

Alternatively, you can create a natural cleaning solution by mixing equal parts water and white vinegar.

Step 4: Scrub the stones

Dip a scrubbing sponge or brush into the cleaning solution and begin scrubbing the white garden stones in small sections. 

Work systematically, focusing on areas with visible stains or discoloration. Use firm but gentle pressure to avoid scratching the surface of the stones.

Step 5: Rinse thoroughly

After scrubbing each section, rinse the stones thoroughly with clean water to remove any traces of the cleaning solution. This step is crucial to prevent residue buildup, which can attract dirt and make the stones appear dingy over time. 

For particularly stubborn stains or heavily soiled areas, you may need to repeat the cleaning process multiple times. Be patient and persistent, and don't be afraid to apply extra elbow grease where needed.

Step 6: Allow to dry

Once the white garden stones are clean, allow them to air dry completely in the sun. This will help prevent the growth of algae and mildew and restore the stones to their natural brilliance. 

Once they have dried, they may become dirty again, so it is important to establish a regular cleaning routine. Sweep away debris and rinse the stones with water periodically to prevent buildup and maintain their pristine appearance.

Pressure washer effectively removes dirt and grime from garden stones, restoring their natural beauty with ease.


Cleaning garden stepping stones

Garden stepping stones not only provide practical pathways through your outdoor space but also contribute to the overall charm and aesthetics of your garden. 

However, stepping stones, like white stones for gardening, can get very dirty, especially during the rainy season. As a result, we've included a step-by-step instruction for cleaning garden stepping stones, so you can get them ready for the summer!

Garden stepping stones laid out in a peaceful pathway, enhancing the beauty and functionality of the outdoor space.


Step 1: Clear the pathway

After assessing the state of your garden stepping stones, such as finding any apparent stains, algae, moss, or dirt buildup, you can start clearing the pathway. Start by removing any debris, fallen leaves, or loose dirt from the surface of the stepping stones, and use a broom or a leaf blower to sweep away any larger particles. 

This step will make the cleaning process more effective and prevent further contamination of the stones.

Step 2: Choose the right cleaning method

The appropriate cleaning method for your garden stepping stones will depend on the material they're made of. Common materials include concrete, natural stone, and pavers. Here are some methods tailored to different materials:

  • Concrete Stepping Stones: For concrete stones, a solution of mild detergent or soap and water is usually sufficient. You can also use a pressure washer on a low setting to remove stubborn stains.
  • Natural Stone Stepping Stones: Natural stone requires more gentle care to avoid damage. Use a pH-neutral stone cleaner or a mixture of water and white vinegar for cleaning. Avoid acidic or harsh chemical cleaners, as they can etch or discolour the stone.
  • Paver Stepping Stones: Pavers are typically made of concrete or clay. Clean them with a solution of water and mild detergent or a commercial paver cleaner. Avoid using abrasive brushes or pressure washers, as they can damage the surface of the pavers.

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Step 3: Apply the cleaning solution

Prepare a cleaning solution suitable for your stepping stones and generously apply it to the surface. Work the solution into the stone with a scrub brush or a stiff-bristled broom, paying special attention to any obvious stains or discolorations.

For tough stains, you may need to apply more pressure or use a mixture of baking soda and water as a scrubbing paste.

Step 4: Rinse Thoroughly

Once you've scrubbed all the stepping stones, rinse them thoroughly with clean water using a garden hose or a bucket. Ensure that all the soap residue and cleaning solution are completely washed away.

If you notice that some stains or dirt spots are still persistent after the first cleaning round, don't hesitate to repeat the process. You may need to use a stronger cleaning solution or allow the solution to sit on the stains for a longer period before scrubbing again.

Step 5: Allow to Dry

After rinsing, allow the stepping stones to air dry naturally in the sunlight. This will not only speed up the drying process but also help to kill any remaining bacteria or algae.

Light and dark blue pebble stones in a garden amongst a garden bed. Perfect for landscaping season.


Overall, cleaning your garden stepping stones doesn't have to be a daunting task. By following this step-by-step guide and using the right cleaning supplies, you can easily rejuvenate your outdoor space and enhance its beauty. 

With regular maintenance, your garden edging stones will continue to serve as functional and decorative elements for years to come. So, roll up your sleeves, grab your scrubbing brush, and get ready to enjoy a revitalized garden pathway!

We hope this article has helped you understand more about white garden stones and how best to clean them in the future. However, if you have any more questions about garden stones, or would just like to know more about the products we sell at Howarth, we offer helpful advice from our Customer Service team who may be able to advise you further, and you can contact them on the number 01472 907051.

Or if you’re interested in checking out our wide range of garden landscaping products, you can access the category here, or you can visit us in branch for more information.

20th Mar 2024 Emily Green

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