Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Pavers
This article was written by a Go Pavers expert and originally published on Angie’s List on April 22nd, 2014.
When warmer temperatures arrive and inclement weather exits, it’s time to prepare your garden and your hardscapes for spring and summer. Paving stones are an ideal solution for your patio, driveway, walkways and pool decks. They have a rustic beauty and are easy to maintain.
It is still important to clean and inspect them to ensure they stay in the best shape possible.
Seven Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Paving Stones
1. Brush off loose dirt
Wind and rain can cause dirt, branches and leaves to land on your paving stones. Use a broom and sweep away any loose dirt or debris.
2. Rinse them off
Take a normal garden hose with an attachment and spray down your pavers. This will remove most of the remaining dirt. If moss has built up on your pavers, it is best to use a pressure washer.
3. Remove stains
Stains can build up from wet fallen leaves, mud or other items that fall on your pavers and are left there over the winter. You can typically remove the stain with a simple solution made of water and detergent. You can do this at home and save money on a cleaning solution. Simply mix the solution in a tub and use a rag to scrub away the stain.
4. Remove oil
Oil stains can be harder to get off and we recommend using an oil remover. This can be bought at most automotive stores.
5. Inspect your pavers
During the cleaning process, identify any pavers that may have been chipped, cracked or have stains that won’t come out. These paving stones should be replaced.
Fortunately, you can replace a single paver or multiple pavers without disturbing the rest of your space. This is more convenient than if you had to replace an entire area of concrete.
6. Replenish the sand filler
Sand filler goes in between your stone pavers to help hold them in place. It can wear down due to inclement weather and wind. If you notice that the sand is low in between certain pavers, purchase a bag of refined sand and pour it into the cracks.
7. Apply paver sealer
You can extend the life of your paving stones by applying paver sealer. This easy process can be done yearly and will prevent grass from growing in between your paving stones and help to keep ants and other bugs off of your pavers.
Spring cleaning is not only an important part of maintaining your indoor living space, but your outdoor areas as well. It will keep your pavers looking fresh and new, as beautiful as the day they were first installed.
If you don’t have time to clean and inspect your pavers, you can hire a pavers contractor that offers maintenance service. Your paving stones can last a lifetime; ongoing care will help them to stay beautiful while they do.
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