Help removing Bradford Pear stains on concrete

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Forum topic by Michigander posted 12-15-2015 04:36 PM 642 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-15-2015 04:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bradford pear berry stains

I belatedly cut down a 30 foot tall Bradford pear tree because of the terrible berries that get everywhere. I said belatedly because I should have cut it down when I first bought this house. Long story but take it from me NEVER PLANT A BRADFORD PEAR. In doing so I dropped the top of the tree that was full of berries in my nice white concrete driveway. My driveway looked like a red wine grape truck dumped a load of grapes there and there is a 30’ section of the driveway that is stained from the berries. The stain has turned black in 1 week. I tried to scrub it off with just plain water and a stiff broom, but the stain still persists. I also have a lesser problem with my sidewalk which is grey decorative pavers. I was hoping to find advice on the internet but google, and bing and youtube got me nowhere.
Knowing all the talent on this site, I thought you might be able to help.
Any experience and suggestions would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 12-15-2015 04:38 PM


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#2 posted 12-15-2015 04:41 PM

TSP or muriatic acid come to mind. Most likely power washed after the application.

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#3 posted 12-15-2015 05:10 PM

We had a Bradford Pear near the front porch. After one season I took it out. What a mess it was. I have now planted 4 Chinese Pistachio trees. They are fruitless and have a wonderful fall color.

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#4 posted 12-16-2015 03:53 AM

Bleach then pressure wash it off. Going to take some time and it will be slow. I do my driveway min us heavy stains every other year and it usually takes a few evenings of chipping away at it.

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#5 posted 12-18-2015 03:16 AM

What ever you use to remove the stain ( I favour the M-Acid soak, then power wash off) get a bucket od concrete sealer. You will need to reseal the surface of the concrete. Unless you want it to turn to gravel in a few years…

BTW: IF the concrete had been properly sealed in the first place, the stain would not have gotten into the concrete to begin with.

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#6 posted 12-18-2015 03:29 AM

Ditto. Acid.

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