How to Properly Clean Paving Stone Surfaces
Pavers are a fantastic way to add beauty and value to practically any outdoor space. From walkways, driveways, and patios to poolside surfaces and family retreats in the backyard, paving stones are as durable as they are beautiful.
Now just because pavers are naturally beautiful and low maintenance, doesn’t mean you can leave them alone and that they’ll stay that way forever. It’s important to ensure that your pavers are properly cared for and thoroughly cleaned on a semi-regular basis. This is very important for making sure those well-crafted stones maintain that same stunning look that you originally fell in love with in the first place. To get the job done, you’ll just need some Simple Green non-toxic cleaner and degreaser, and a semi-soft bristle push broom.
Preparing Pavers for Cleaning
To make things easier on yourself, you’ll want to start by removing any furniture and potted plants that stand in the way of being able to clean the pavers underneath. Next, spray down the pavers with a high-pressure hose (not a power washer. This avoids the pavers collecting film on top and leaving a residue behind after they’ve been cleaned. Be mindful that you won’t need to soak the pavers completely. You just want to be sure all the dust and dirt buildup that collects on them has been removed.
Properly Cleaning Pavers
Now, you’re ready to start cleaning. Per the Simple Green website, you’ll want to mix one cup of water for every ounce of Simple Green being used. PRO TIP: Don’t forget to spot test the mixed solution in a hidden area PRIOR to cleaning the entire surface. Next, pour the solution over the pavers and let it sit for 1-2 minutes. Depending on the current state of your pavers, you’ll either scrub the pavers or simply rinse them after you’ve waited the two minutes. If you end up using your push broom, be sure to scrub lightly, and in different directions. You don’t want to overdo it and accidentally scratch the pavers. Lastly, spray down the area with a hose and allow it to dry.
Stabilizing and Sealing Pavers
Further than just cleaning your pavers is the option of sealing and stabilizing them. These are two different functions that overlap each other to benefit your pavers in the long run. Both functions WILL require a professional if you want either to be done properly. You can choose to seal your pavers at any time after the initial installation. A few benefits of sealing your pavers include enhancement in the depth and longevity of the paver color. Joint sand stabilization, on the other hand, secures sand in the joints of the pavers after installation. This helps deter weed growth and sand migration.
All System Pavers project managers are trained and certified on the products used to seal pavers. Please contact us directly at 888-603-1882 to discuss having your pavers sealed with a certified professional!
What to Avoid
Scrubbing the pavers down with a wire brush. A wire brush can scratch pavers and remove the sand that interlocks them. Also, don’t use a power washer to clean the area. Again, you may inadvertently remove the interlocking sand.
Hints and Tricks
Make sure your pavers are being installed with polymeric sand. It’s denser and provides more security when locking the pavers into place. To ensure durability and longevity, use only high-quality pavers specific to your needs, such as Pool & Deck Pavers, Driveway Pavers, and Walkway Pavers.
You’re All Set!
Now that your pavers are clean and have regained their brilliance, your patio, walkway, or driveway is ready to resume normal use!