Paver stones are simply one of the most popular exterior materials used for walkways, driveways, and sitting areas. Paver stones add a beautiful design feature to the landscaping and home. However, they can be difficult to maintain and keep clean, especially in the State of Georgia. Moss and algae often develop tightly within the cracks, which then slowly erodes and damages the pavers. To prevent premature erosion of the pavers, Big Moose Pressure Cleaning will share tips on maintaining clean paver stones and how pressure cleaning can prolong the life of the paver stone.
Basic Paver Stone Care & Cleaning
Paver stones will simply last decades due to the durable materials and manufacturing involved. However, our local climate can shorten the life of paver stones and leave them looking worn and terrible. To maintain clean and healthier paver stones, you will want to make sure to keep the surface clean and free of debris. To maintain paver stones in your yard, you will want to keep the following tools and materials.
• Stiff Deck Broom
• Polymeric Sand
• Roller Brush
• Liquid Detergent
• Pressure Hose Nozzle
How to Clean Pavers Before Sealing
When cleaning the pavers, you will want to sweep the area clean. Be sure to remove all dirt and debris off of the pavers. It is recommended to sweep the paver stones once a week to prevent organic matter from decay and seeping into the paver stones. With a bucket of water, mix the dish detergent into the water to make it mildly soapy. With the stiff broom, brush clean the surface of the stones. Avoid scrubbing aggressively. Instead, lightly clean the paver stone’s surface. Use a garden hose with the pressure nozzle to remove the soapy residue. Make sure to also thoroughly remove all of the soap off of the paver stones. You may need to apply a fresh layer of polymeric sand in-between the grooves. For those who like the look of the sealed paver stone, apply the sealer after the stones are dry.
Brick Paver Stone Maintenance
To maintain clean paver stones, there are a few rules you may want to follow. Make sure to clean up after each spill from drinks and food as they can stain the pavers. Also, remove bird droppings as they are highly acidic and cause discoloration and erosion. Avoid using metal shovels when picking up leaves or even snow.
Cleaning Pavers with a Pressure Washer
It is recommended to have paver stones professionally pressure cleaned annually to ensure the beauty and longevity of the paver stones. A professional pressure cleaning service can properly deep clean your paver stones. A pressure washer can remove microbes and other organic matter that may be deep in the stones’ pores. If these microbes and other organic matter isn’t removed, it can lead to premature erosion. A pressure washer has enough force to deep clean the paver stones. However, a professional pressure cleaning service can also use solvents and other treatment solutions to kill bacteria, moss and microbes that may be living in the paver stones. With annual pressure cleaning services, you can extend the life of the paver stone while maintaining their beauty.