Pavers Maintenance Tips
A beautiful floor made of paving stones can easily be ruined by the weather, chemical spills, and other outside factors. This is why proper cleaning and maintenance is necessary to keep it looking as if it was installed yesterday.
Tips for maintaing pavers appropriately
Sweeping. As with any floor type, pavers need to be regularly brushed to avoid dust from accumulating. Cleaning the entire floor will also prevent spores and weeds from germinating.
Mopping.Marble, flagstone, and other smooth surfaces can benefit from a little scrubbing with soap and water. This will remove mud, dirt, and recent moss that stuck to its exterior. Be careful when using strong detergents and corrosive acids as not only can they destroy the quality of the paving stone but also affect nearby garden beds.
Power Washing. For a faster and more effective scouring, use a compressor to power wash the pavers. With the right chemical mix, the use of a pressure washer can remove dirt, moss, and algae from even the most unkempt patios.
Rust Removers. When pots, metallic furniture, and wrought-iron pieces drip rainwater to the floor, rust will blemish your smooth surface. Lemon juice, vinegar, and oxalic acid can easily remove smaller stains. Before using heavy-duty rust removers, be sure the strong chemicals in the solution will not damage your patio flooring.
Super Glues. The use of joint stabilizers will ensure the lifespan of your paving stones. This is one investment where expensive but quality products will cost you less in the long run. Good joint-stabilizing sealers will help prevent weeds, minimize brick movement, and reduce water seepage and the consequent settling.
Sealants. To keep the new look and for surface protection against spills and stains, use a good sealer. Think of it as the paver equivalent of car wax. You can pick from several glossy, clear, and matte finishes. The solution also helps prevent against water absorption and fading. It requires a periodic reapplication every 2 to 3 years.
Immediate repairs. Regularly check your paving stones for damage, movement, and settling. Speedy responses to the emergence of weeds, the destruction of tiles, the spread of stains, and the depression of the ground will help keep the problem from growing.
However, not all pavers are the same. Sensitive paving stones are susceptible to fading and cleaning stains caused by harsh chemicals. Before purchasing or installing this type of flooring, always ask your supplier or paver manufacturer on its proper cleaning andmaintenance procedures.