Installing pavers will significantly improve the aesthetic appeal and value of your home. However, these additions need work. If you don’t take time giving them the best care, you will find yourself spending a lot of money to restore pavers. In this post, we will be looking at some of the best practices that will keep your pavers looking new and elegant for years.
Sweep them often
While it is hard, you should make the point of sweeping your pavers daily using a standard broom or a push broom. Doing so will prevent the buildup of soil, dust, leaves and other debris which easily stain the pavers and get in the nooks and crannies. It is also a great idea to sweep your pavers whenever you are expecting rain because that will make cleanup easier later. The easiest way to restore pavers is to sweep them regularly.
Rinse them thoroughly
Every once in a while, you need to thoroughly rinse your patio pavers using a garden hose after sweeping. A thorough rinsing will dislodge stuck debris. If the area is prone to moss or mold, consider using a power washer. Rinsing the pavers will restore their vibrant colors and remove stains.
Wash with a paver cleaning solution
Sweeping and rinsing your pavers is not enough. Every now and then, you should consider washing your pavers with a preferred paver cleaning solution. Dish soap and water will do. There are also gentle cleansers available for washing pavers. Don’t be too hard on the pavers when cleaning. Always use a bristle brush to clean the pavers and the crevices.
Another solution you can use is white vinegar and water. Never use darker varieties of vinegar as they will end up staining the pavers. When using white vinegar, allow the solution to get absorbed into the stones first for about an hour. You should then wash it away using soap and water.
In everything you do, never clean your pavers using standard soap. If you use a soap that is too abrasive, you will end up damaging your pavers. This may not happen immediately but over time you will notice the impact of using the wrong soap.
Get your pavers sealed
To make cleaning easier and to make your pavers last long, you should think about sealing them up. Getting your pavers sealed is the best way of ensuring they remain vibrant for years. There are many types of paver sealants that are available. Working with a professional will help find the best sealant for you.