How to Maintain Pavers This Winter
Paving stones are extremely durable and will hold up to extreme weather changes. In Southern California, pavers are used for driveways, patios, walkways, pool decks and more. While the weather is normally mild year round, there are the occasional winter storms that bring in heavy rain. With 2013 being such a dry year, many environmentalist are hoping that this winter will be a wet one. You can protect your pavers from inclement weather by following our easy maintenance tips.
Sweep Away Dirt and Debris
This basic chore can even be completed by the kids. Maintain pavers by sweeping on a regular basis and after any wind storms to brush away loose dirt and debris such as fallen leaves, branches, or even cut grass. You do not want to leave items on your pavers because if it rains that pretty leaf can leave a messy stain.
Spray your paving stones with water. Simply use a standard garden hose with a spray head to clean any mud or grime off of your paving stones. This is especially important for pavers that are next to a soggy lawn. Simple mistakes like leaving the sprinkler system on too long can turn your lawn into a soggy mess and place mud onto your pavers. Removing it early will make maintenance easier than if you let it dry. For grime that is particularly hard to remove use a pressure washer. This may come in handy if you have had standing water and moss grow on any of your paving stones.
Removing stains is easy when you maintain pavers with regular cleaning. You simply won’t get that many stains to begin with. If one pops up you can easily remove it by creating a simple cleaning solution made of water and detergent. Scrub the stain with some elbow grease and it should come out fairly quickly. If your driveway pavers get stained with oil you can purchase a special oil remover to use.
Laying paver sealer is an excellent way to maintain pavers. When you use a paver sealer it will keep them looking brand new, prevent grass from growing in the cracks, repel stains, and keep the ants away. Paving stones that have been sealed can typically be cleaned with water only because the stains don’t seep in to the actual stone. We recommend laying a fresh coat every couple of years.
If you have a paving stone that is particularly hard to clean it can be easily replaced. One of the huge benefits of installing pavers over traditional concrete is that you can replace the stained or damaged stone while leaving the rest intact. Instead of a major repair project, it is a simple task that will not disrupt the rest of your space. We can come out and replace damaged pavers in one day and there is no required time to set so you can use the space immediately.
Go Pavers Maintenance Service
We offer ongoing maintenance services to our customers. If you have had pavers installed by us or a competitor, we can maintain them on a regular basis. We will clean them, inspect for cracks or chips, and replace them as needed. For more information call us for a free consultation at 1-855-9-PAVERS. We have received the Angie’s List Super Service Award and are committed to excellence in customer service while keeping your pavers looking brand new.
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