How to Clean Interlocking Concrete Pavers (and When to Call a Pro to Help!)
Interlocking concrete pavers are used in driveways and pathways to not only provide aesthetic value but also be one of the most durable choices for a home’s exterior space. Homeowners having Interlocking concrete pavers or planning to install them should be aware of the basics of cleaning and maintaining them to ensure they last a lifetime.
Interlocking concrete pavers are used in driveways and pathways to not only provide an aesthetic value but also be one of the most durable choices for a home’s exterior space. Homeowners having Interlocking concrete pavers or planning to install them should be aware of the basics of cleaning and maintaining them to ensure they last a lifetime.
1. Basic Cleaning
Putting your pavers on a general cleaning schedule is a great way to keep them looking gorgeous for years to come. How many times per year is up to you - but some helpful tips are to prevent your pavers from accumulating dirt and eliminating all traces of moss and weeds as soon as possible. Regular cleaning of pavers can be done in various ways, depending on how often the paver surface is used. You can use a wet mop and lukewarm water for your regular cleanings. Common stains can be easily cleaned with household cleaners - just take care that they are made specifically to clean stone surfaces. Pavers are highly durable and can be gently scrubbed to remove contaminants. We recommend using a scrubber retailed specifically for natural stone surfaces.
“Common stains can be easily cleaned with household cleaners - just take care that they are made specifically to clean stone surfaces.”
Weeds can sometimes grow through the joints in between pavers so ensure that first you clear moss and weed growth by taking a stiff bristled handheld brush or brush broom to agitate and brush away any moss growth on or in between pavers. Gently pull the weeds out in between paver joints. If the growth is too heavy to remove by hand, spray a weed killer and wait at least two weeks before cleaning the pavers. Alternatively you can use powder herbicides and sprinkle this powder along the seams. You can prevent future weed growth between patio stones with polymeric sand. Weeds grow because seeds land on the sand and grow from the top, not from underneath the pavers. Polymeric sand and sealer prevent this.
If you want to use a more environmentally friendly cleaner try vinegar and move away from petroleum-based products. Look for a label stating “made from grain.” Apply the vinegar and thoroughly soak the affected areas and after some time wash the pavers with dish soap and water. The vinegar will have loosened and even removed some of the stains on its own, and the scrubbing will do the rest. White vinegar also is a great alternative to store-bought weed killers. It is recommended to add white vinegar to a spray bottle along with a teaspoon of dishwashing soap to break down the plants.
“Apply the vinegar and thoroughly soak the affected areas and after some time wash the pavers with dish soap and water.”
Before you start cleaning the paver surface with soap or any other type of cleanser, hose down the entire area with water. The pavers need to be wet so they don’t soak up the cleanser and form a murky film. Try to keep the direction of the hose’s spray away from the joints. Afterward, ensure that you dry the paver surface properly. Then prepare your mild cleaning solution with a mixture of warm water and a mild degreaser detergent. Mix the soap into the water thoroughly and gently pour some onto the paver surface, working in small areas at a time. Use a stiff bristled broom to scrub the cleaning solution into the paver surface. Scrub in different directions to avoid wearing out the same spot. Don’t overdo it, as these tools can scratch the paver surface. Once you’re finished rinse down the area gently with clean water and into a nearby drain.
2. Eliminating Harder Stains
Most cleaning can be done using household cleaners like dish soap, laundry soap. However, if detergent doesn’t do the job, visit a home improvement store and look for a specialized cleaning product for your pavers. Many of these are highly corrosive and/or toxic, including trisodium phosphate and muriatic acid. Make sure you follow the safety precautions which may include wearing rubber boots, protective clothing, rubber gloves, mask, and safety glasses. Avoiding stains altogether is a tough one. One way to make the clean up a bit easier would be to put a sealer on your project which can range from invisible to a high gloss wet look. If you are in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, contact a specialist you can trust like Clean & Seal Pro. With years of experience and hundreds of happy customers, we can help preserve your pavers for years to come!
“Make sure you follow the safety precautions which may include wearing rubber boots, protective clothing, rubber gloves, mask, and safety glasses.”
3. Hiring Help
If you find it difficult in having to take extra steps in cleaning and maintaining, you should consider hiring professional help. Driveway or patio pavers often need repeated sanding, particularly with surfaces that are heavily used. Re-sanding the paver joints is technically easy but can be a very time-consuming and messy job. You can use sealers if heavy footfall is expected.
The most effective way of guarding against dulling (due to general use and external weather conditions) is sealing your pavers. This will help in future cleanups as well as give your pavers some character as well. The sealant maintains the brightness of the paver surface. You’ll need to re-seal the pavers every few years. The sealers are easy-to-use, but you have to be careful to apply them evenly - or you can call Clean & Seal Pro for fast and easy service! Ensure that you properly clean the patio surface before sealing it as debris impairs the bonding of the sealing agent. Don’t forget the sand in the joints should be periodically touched up in between the pavers.
Are You Asking Yourself “Who is the Best Paver Cleaner Near Me?”
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Based in San Ramon, CA we provide expert, professional, and reliable services to make each and every one of our customers satisfied with the high quality of work we strive to achieve. Not sure how to tackle a serious cleaning job on your pavers? Tired of looking at that stained building? Have tough stains that won’t come out? Contact Clean and Seal Pro for our Industrial Power Washing and Sealing services and get a quote today!