Because they offer classic curb appeal and easy maintenance compared to concrete driveways and patios, which are prone to crack over time, brick paver driveways and patios are popular. To keep them looking sharp, particularly in hot, humid climates, brick pavers still need regular maintenance, especially in areas where the summer months can increase the possibility of mold and algae growth on top of the standard dirt and grime. It can also break down the pavers and require paver replacement as well as buildup hurting curb appeal. Fortunately, cleaning block paver joints and sealing your pavers can help keep your pavers looking great and increase their longevity. Today, we at Big Moose Pressure Cleaning would like to share how to clean block paving joints.
Prep For Deep Cleaning Block Pavers
Removing all weeds and grass growing between the joints is the most important part of preparing pavers for cleaning. Apply weed killer a week before you plan to clean to make sure that they are dead and easy to remove if the weeds do not come up easily. While removing a large weed with active roots still growing under the surface, damaging the underlying sand is the last thing you want to do. Particularly with the larger ones, a weed removal tool will help pull up all weeds. It is especially important before deep cleaning your driveway or patio, but you should regularly sweep your brick pavers for ongoing maintenance. A stiff broom will help remove loose dirt and debris that could hurt the surface or become an unexpected projectile during cleaning. Particularly dirty pavers, and especially if they appear to be stained, Soap and water or white vinegar and water will help spot clean. You can increase the likelihood of an evenly clean surface by pre-treating spots.
What is the Best Thing to Clean Block Paving?
When cleaning the entire surface of your deck or driveway, there are a few things that you’ll need to consider. As a result, having a professional clean them is the best way to ensure efficiency. At the corner of the highest point of the surface you are cleaning is the best place to start. Instead of making already clean surfaces dirty again, this will allow the dirty water to run away from the clean surface. To avoid working towards buildings, cars, and neighbors’ property and rinse surfaces, such as windows and siding, that have been splashed as you go, pay attention to run off. In order sweeps to avoid the appearance of “tiger stripes” as the pavers dry, work in gentle sweeps. By either inexperienced user holding the wand at an inconsistent distance away from a given surface, or fluctuating water pressure levels from defective equipment are how tiger stripes are caused. The tiger stripes are a sign that your pavers aren’t evenly clean, essentially.
Paver Joints Post Cleaning
Before you start checking the joints, allow the surface to dry. A professional will re-sand areas that lost jointing sand to maintain the structural integrity of the pavers if it is discovered that some joints need repacking. Any areas that may have come loose can be re-pointed with cement and replace any brick pavers that may be too damaged to repair. Seal the surface before you can consider the job done. This can help protect your surface for 3-5 years, depending on the product.
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Pressure washing is the most effective way to ensure you block paving joints are cleaned. When you want quality services and to make sure the job is done safely, call in the experts of Big Moose Pressure Cleaning and let us assist you!