Are you considering installing pavers around your home? It’s a good choice. They’re both more attractive and easier to manage than most options.
You’ll still want to know how to clean them, of course, since that’s the central element of maintenance.
So, if you’re looking to learn how to clean brick pavers, read on and we’ll show you the ins-and-outs.
1. Proper Installation Before You Learn How to Clean Brick Pavers
Pavers are very easy to maintain… provided that they’ve been installed correctly in the first place. While some people choose to do it themselves, it’s usually a better option to go with a professional.
Otherwise, you run the risk of uneven pavers and bad sealing which can make cleaning a much harder task than it needs to be. It’s pretty easy to find a company that will do it well, just make sure you have some before and after photos to work with before you decide on a contractor.
2. Always Sweep First
Sweeping down the pavers before you begin to do anything else will remove any loose debris.
You should be doing it regularly, wet leaves or wood and other organic debris can stain your pavers. Indeed, there are a wide variety of stains that happen to bricks, but regular sweeping should keep it to a minimum.
This is especially true if it’s been a while since the last time they were sealed.
3. Grab the Hose
Once you’ve swept the debris off the pavers, the next step is to spray them down. If they’re being maintained properly you should be able to do it with a garden hose and a regular nozzle.
Avoid spraying in between the cracks, as this can disrupt the medium that keeps the pavers solid and level.
Don’t overspray on stains, they may need to be spot-cleaned instead.
4. Scrub Out Your Stains
With a bit of ingenuity, you can make a homemade brick cleaning solution. Most people recommend a white vinegar and water mixture. Grab a good sponge and you’re set.
Try to use as little of the mixture as possible, especially if the seal is questionable. This mildly acidic solution should take care of the majority of stains which are keeping your pavers from looking perfect.
5. Stay Up on Sealing
Sealing your pavers should be done every two to three years. The coating will help keep stains off and can even keep your pavers in place for longer depending on the application.
Your contractor should be able to help you with a maintenance schedule. Without a good seal on your brick pavers, you’re just making more work for yourself when it comes time to get them clean.
Getting Your Brick Pavers Right
Knowing how to clean brick pavers isn’t all that hard. They require far less maintenance than most people think, just a little bit of know-how and vigilance.
Of course, if you’re not careful when installing them you’ll just be making a lot more work for yourself.
If you’re interested in getting a piece of your property looking great then perhaps it’s time to contact us and see what we can do for your yard.