The best way to maintain pavers is with proper sealing, which minimizes wear and tear, as well as staining. Traffic and weather conditions help determine the length of time between sealing, along with how often it’s already been sealed.
Sealing reduces algae, mildew, fungus and efflorescence. Weed growth is minimized and staining from rust, grease and/or oil is prevented. Sealing also enhances the pavers natural color and gives it a wet look.
By frequent sweeping, keeping pavers debris-free and not allowing weed growth between them, their good condition is prolonged.
Continually inspect your pavers, noting any potholes or cracks. Any problems should be addressed immediately.
For cleaning pavers, run water over the surface. A mild detergent can be applied and allowed to sit for ten minutes or so, but not to a point of completely drying.
Note: Test the cleaner on a small area first, making certain it does not discolor or damage the surface.
Before rinsing, use a nylon brush to scrub the pavers. Do not use wire brushes.
Pressure washing of pavers should only be done by a professional service. This is recommended at resealing time.
While running water onto the pavers from a hose, see if it beads up. If it doesn’t, it’s time to reseal.
Normally, resealing should be considered every one to three years.
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