How to Clean Your Pavers and Enhance Their Look

///How to Clean Your Pavers and Enhance Their Look

The summer season is only a month or so away, it’s time to make sure your pavers are pristine! If your home serves as the backyard, barbecuing weekly gathering hotspot, it’s important to keep your pavers looking better than ever. To do so, you must make sure you clean your pavers regularly so they look just as beautiful as they did when you first had them installed. For those of you new to paver maintenance, it’s important to clean and maintain your pavers just as you would with the rest of your home. By spending an hour or so to clean your pavers each week you will save yourself the hassle and frustrations that accompany getting them professionally restored.

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Pavers before and after cleaning and sealing.

Importance of Cleaning Pavers

A paver installation is not a cheap investment. Taking both time and a decent amount of money, it would be a shame to let such an important aesthetic feature fade and stain. Your pavers are susceptible to all of nature’s elements, including freezing temperatures, humidity, and months of rain. If that wasn’t enough, those beautiful accents to your home are constantly walked, driven, or leaked on by your vehicles. Without the proper maintenance, your beautiful pavers can quickly become stained and worn from oil, chemicals, and more. By adding your pavers to your weekly chores you can prevent your pavers from becoming tarnished and keep them looking more attractive than ever. Unless you enjoy spending thousands in restorations every few years, take the time to clean your pavers and save yourself the frustration!

What You Will Need to Clean Your Pavers

Materials:

  • A deck broom/brush
  • Power/pressure washer
  • Rotary surface cleaner

Solutions:

  • Techniseal’s Tar & Tire, Oil, or Organic solutions
  • Techniseal Sealant

How to Clean Your Pavers

Cleaning your pavers is easier than you may think. It heavily depends on the materials and equipment on hand and the dedication to maintain. Generally, a garden hose with a spray attachment can remove the dirt and grime that has built up over time. For the more difficult spots, pressure washers can do the trick, but be sure you are using it on the fan setting to avoid directly hitting the pavers and joints. This can actually damage the pavers structural integrity and can create larger areas for dirt to embed itself. After spraying your pavers down, use a broom to replace any of the sand that’s been displaced.

If your power washer is unable to remove those difficult stains, you may need to use some basic cleaning solutions. A general rule of thumb for cleaning solutions is to first test it on a small area of your pavers. If that area does not become faded or discolored, the solution should be fine to use for the rest of the area. Make sure you follow the solution’s directions when you clean your pavers so you can avoid making any mistakes. After letting the solution sit for however long the instructions say, rinse thoroughly with water and let dry. Once dried, you should consider sealing your pavers as an additional layer of protection and make future maintenance much simpler.

 

How to Clean Concrete Pavers

Concrete pavers are common, as they are one of the strongest and most reliable surfaces. To clean your concrete pavers you should follow the general guidelines mentioned above. What differs are the type of solutions that you can use and the additional materials. There are those who have used general shop cleaners or muriatic acid solutions to do the job, DO NOT FOLLOW THEIR METHODS! Muriatic acid solutions will actually damage your pavers, so stick to the solutions specifically made for pavers. For grime that has been built up over time, you may require a rotary surface cleaner attachment with a high heat power washer. This usually requires a commercial grade power washer with a heater attachment that most homeowners do not own or will not be able to rent.

How to Clean Brick Pavers

An alternative to concrete pavers are brick pavers. It is a much more attractive alternative and the upkeep also follows the same process. Like other surfaces, brick pavers become victims of abuse from nature’s elements and man’s machines. From rainfall to oil leaks, your pavers will tarnish and fade without cleaning your pavers regularly. Use the Techniseal solution that applies to your type of stain and closely follow the directions. Repeat the process for any stains that were not initially picked up and follow with a thorough rinsing by simply using your garden hose and spray attachment.
Insider Tip: A great way to get rid of oil stains is to sprinkle a layer of cat litter over the area. Let it sit overnight so it’s absorbed into the litter and sweep away the next morning.

Clean Your Pavers Before Sealing

If you are thinking of sealing or re-sealing your pavers, you need to clean them before anything else. There’s no point in taking the time to seal and protect your pavers if you haven’t cleaned them first. Clean your pavers to remove all the dirt and grime buildup and eliminate any stains you see. Once you clean your pavers, you will be able to lay a coat of sealant down to help you protect your pavers for the years to come. Just make sure your pavers are dry and that there is no rain in the near forcast. You can very easily ruin your pavers if you do not know what you are doing with the sealant. Be sure to follow the manufacturers instructions very carefully. This step might be best to leave to a professional, certified company that specializes in paver sealing.

Clean Your Pavers Weekly

Like any other investment, it’s important to maintain your pavers. Just like you make sure you keep up with your car’s oil changes, your pavers need some love every week. By simply spraying your pavers down a few times a month, you will avoid dirt and grime buildup. You will also avoid any damage when using stain removes by making sure all of your pavers are dirt free. For stains that just don’t seem to go away or an overwhelming amount of grime and dirt, it may be time to pick up the phone and contact a professional paver restoration company to get your pavers shining once again!

NJ’s local paver cleaning professionals NJ Paver Restorations services the following Central New Jersey areas including: Hillsborough NJ, Princeton NJ, Belle Mead NJ, Bridgewater NJ, Somerset NJ, Skillman NJ, Montgomery NJ, and many more, call (732) 558-6011 today to get started!

4 Comments

  • I make the mistake to use Muriatic acid to remove oil on my pavers and know I have a big mess.Not only the pavers are discolored but it will not dry! I put send on it and still wouldn’t dry ! What can I do to fix it?

    atina patterson 15.06.2015
  • I had a hummingbird feeder leak (sugar water) on my concrete pavers. I now have a large spot that looks wet all the time. HELP!

    Rose Funkhouser 25.09.2015
  • Seriously ? Why would anyone get pavers if you had to clean them weekly. I just cleaned mine with nothing but soap and a pressure washer for the first time in 15 years and they look new. While I probably should do it yearly now that I can see the benefit, weekly or even monthly is a bit much for me..

    Jon Cohn 29.05.2016
  • I purchased some old cobblestones and they are very dirty. What is the best way/product to clean them?

    C. Martin 11.09.2017

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