Because some pavers are porous and exposed to many harsh elements, they require a moderate degree of maintenance to keep their good looks. Paver sealers are the best way to protect pavers against stains, discolorations, and grime buildup, but they won’t stop everything. After pavers have been sealed, then DIY maintenance is relatively simple. Read through our 6 easy steps to keep your pavers looking their best all throughout the year!
Clear The Space
First thing’s first, you’ll want to clear the space surrounding your pavers. All furniture, potted plants, and other objects sitting on the pavers must go. It’s only temporary, however – this way, you can access all your pavers without furniture or décor getting in the way.
Tidy Up Your Vegetation
After enough time has passed, your pavers may start to have weeds, moss, or lichen growing between their joints. This is especially likely in areas that have higher rainfall than average. If any weeds are large enough to grab, then pull them out of the paver joints with your hands. For all other vegetation, scrub it loose using a non-wire stiff bristle brush.
Get the Pavers Wet
Before applying any cleaning solution to your pavers, it’s crucial to first make sure they are all wet. Soaking the pavers will make it easier to wash out all the debris from between the joints. So, grab a garden hose or a large bucket of water and start saturating your pavers. The more water, in this case, the better.
Prepare Your Cleaning Solution
There are plenty of commercial non-acidic concrete cleaning products that you can go and buy off the shelf right now. However, you likely have the ingredients at home to whip up a batch of your very own DIY cleaning solution. You can simply stir mild degreasing dish detergent into a large bucket of warm water, then distribute it evenly over the pavers. Avoid acid-based cleaners, as they can damage the seal on your pavers.
Scrub Your Pavers
After soaking your pavers with water and your cleaning solution of choice, then use a stiff bristle scrub brush or push broom and gently scrub the pavers. Again, please be careful to avoid using wire bristle brushes or scouring pads, as these tools can scratch the pavers and damage any sealants. It’s especially important to scrub between the paver joints to get out any moss, dirt, and grime.
Rinse Off the Pavers
Using a garden hose with a nozzle attachment, spray down the scrubbed areas to remove any debris that was lifted up by your scrub brush. When doing so, be sure to avoid digging up joint sand, as this can compromise the integrity of your pavers. Also, never use a power washer to rinse your pavers, as it can potentially damage their seal.
Even with fresh paver sealers or routine paver maintenance, a little elbow grease may be necessary from time to time to keep your surfaces looking brand new. For stains, discoloration, and vegetation that ends up sticking around a little too long, we’ve got just the thing for that. A to Z Pressure Washing is your leading choice for pressure washing services around Volusia County. Call today and ask about our pressure washing, patio cleaning, driveway cleaning, paver sealing, and more.