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How to Remove Moss from Walks and Steps in Your Yard

By: Tricia Craven Worley

Moss growing on stone, brick, or block walls can give your yard or garden a beautiful, timeless look. However, you should remove any moss growing on surfaces you walk on—such as sidewalks, stepping stone paths, decks, steps, or stairs—since it can make them slippery and cause a safety hazard.

To remove moss from surfaces in your yard or garden:

  1. Scrape the moss away with a putty knife.
  2. Mix a 50/50 mixture of water and bleach.
  3. Fill a pump up garden sprayer with the bleach mixture.
  4. Wet the surface with the bleach mixture.
  5. Allow the bleach mixture to remain on the surface for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Scrub the surface with a scrub brush to loosen any moss residue.
  7. Hose the bleach mixture and residue off the surface.

Exposure to bleach can damage or kill plants, so be sure to cover any plants you wish to save before applying, and use plenty of water when rinsing to dilute any runoff. Bleach also can damage fabrics and can cause skin irritation, so be sure to wear old clothes, rubber gloves, and eye protection.

A pressure washer can also be used to clean walking surfaces. Watch this video to find out more.

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  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    April 14th, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    That is our go-to recommendation, Karen: Wet and Forget Outdoor! 🙂
    It removes moss, mold, mildew and algae stains.
    Thanks for your question!

  • Karen Says:
    April 9th, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Having a hard time trying to find a solution to clearing the moss off my rocks in my flower bed. I’ve heard Wet & Forget works great. Any recommendations please.

  • Dwayne Says:
    March 23rd, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    Anyone know how to kill moss on flexible grout? Power washer washes the grout out. I really don’t want to replace the grout every year

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    August 2nd, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Hi, Carol,
    Wet & Forget Outdoor can help remove moss, mildew and mold on headstones and other items. You can learn more about the product here:
    Good luck!

  • Carol Norman Says:
    August 1st, 2018 at 10:56 am

    have a white porous headstone on a childs grave it is covered in a green moss bought scotts 2 i 1 moss remover but have no instructions to use it please advise me if able .

  • Nancy Says:
    April 26th, 2018 at 8:36 am

    Sprinkle baking soda liberally over moss and it will be dead and dried up within the week!

  • Official Comment:

    thomas Says:
    February 22nd, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Thank you for the note, Janice. You are absolutely right; that is a typo. We have corrected the article. Thanks for reading!

  • Janice Scanlon Says:
    January 29th, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    In the line you have published “Bleach also can damage fabrics and can cause skin irrigation”….should be irritation.

  • Rodman Says:
    January 16th, 2017 at 11:40 am

    From looking up mildew removal, I found the CDC recommends never use bleach solutions over 10:1 as it can damage one’s lungs.

  • Bunny Rabbit Says:
    August 14th, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    I think ultrahydrophobic coating solutions may resolve the problem. Just found an interesting product from

  • clare beakhurst Says:
    October 10th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    hi how do i remove moss from tarmacadan driveway clare

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How to Remove Moss from Walks and Steps in Your Yard