Paving is a great way to enhance the aesthetic appeal of any outdoor space. However, keeping them clean and in good condition can be a challenge. Hiring professionals to seal pavers can ensure a long-lasting, pristine finish. Sealants create an impermeable layer that is resistant to liquids and scratches and also provides protection against ultraviolet rays. However, even with compaction, pavers are still prone to dirt accumulation. In this post, we explore some simple steps to keep your pavers shining.
Start with basic cleaning by regularly sweeping the cobblestones. This step prevents the accumulation of dirt and debris that can tarnish the appearance of sealed stones and build up in the solution. If this is not done, the constant traffic of people will shred the debris, causing damage to the finish. After sweeping, remove stubborn dirt with a hose. If water remains, try sweeping it up with a clean broom to prevent mold growth. In nine cases out of ten, sweeping or rinsing is sufficient. However, for stubborn stains, use a mild cleanser once a month and rinse with warm water to remove excess oil and restore shine. If there is a significant oil stain, lift it as much as possible and apply a degreaser, leave it for as long as recommended, then remove it. After that, wash the area with soap and water and rinse.
In addition to basic cleaning, simple maintenance can help protect the foundation of the entire system. Remove any cracked or chipped pavers and replace them as soon as possible to prevent moisture seepage. Weeds damage cement mortar, dislodge paving stones, and eventually destabilize the structure. The application of sealant suppresses weeds and deprives them of any source of moisture. However, if the stones are not sealed, regular weeding is necessary. You can also use weed killers, but make sure it’s safe for your pavers first. Finally, consider creating a regular maintenance schedule to get ahead of any problems. Keep your grout in good condition, take the time to deep clean the area regularly, and consider hiring a professional driveway maintenance crew once or twice a year.
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