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Tips on Cleaning Your Brick Paver Driveway

Brick pavers make any setting look more interesting. Your pavers will lose their finish over time, whether you use them to make a path through your garden, a patio, a pool deck, or a driveway. With a gentle cleaning solution, a stiff-bristled broom, and some new sand, you can fix your pavers.

With the eight steps below on how to clean brick pavers, your home pavers will last a lifetime. So what is the best way to clean brick pavers at home? 

Clear Your Paved Areas 

You need to move any furniture or potted plants that might make it hard to clean them. When cleaning, you want a clear surface with no things in the way. You should also cover any nearby plants that could be hurt by the water or chemicals in the cleaning products with a tarp. Make sure to cover metal things as well, these can get damaged. 

Remove Any Moss And Weeds That Have Grown 

Use a handheld brush with stiff bristles or a brush broom to brush away any moss that has grown on or between pavers. Pull weeds out carefully from between the paver joints. When all of the plant growth has been loosened, sweep the debris off of your prepared surface. If you pull a lot of weeds and remove a lot of the sand underneath (or if you haven’t re-sanded your pavers in a few years), you will need to re-sand your pavers when you are done cleaning.

Soak The Surface Of The Brick Pavers 

Before you use soap or another type of cleaner to clean the paver surface, spray the whole area with water. At this point, you don’t need to power wash the area. The pavers just need to be wet so that they don’t soak up the cleaner and leave a cloudy film.

Get Your Cleaning Solution Ready To Use 

You can clean your brick pavers with a number of different products. The safest way to clean is with a mixture of warm water and a gentle household cleaner, like dishwashing liquid. Fill a gallon bucket with water and add a small amount of dishwashing liquid. Mix the soap and water together well. Once your cleaning solution is ready, carefully pour some on your paver surface and clean small areas at a time. You can also find cleaning solutions that are designed for paving.  You can find these cleaners at stores that sell things for the home. Ask a worker for advice about what kind of cleaner to use on your pavers.

No matter what cleaner you choose, make sure to follow the instructions that come with it. Be careful with highly acidic cleaners because they can damage your pavers and hurt your children, pets, and the plants around your pavers.

Use A Stiff Brush To Clean Your Pavers 

Scrub the cleaning solution into the paver surface with a stiff-bristled broom. Dirt and stains will come loose from the floor because of how hard the broom’s bristles scrub. Depending on the cleaning solution you’re using, you may need to leave it on the paver surface for a while. This time will help the cleanser get through the tough accumulation of dirt.

Thoroughly Rinse The Area You Have Cleaned 

Once you’re done scrubbing, gently rinse off the cleaning fluid with clean water and pour it into a nearby drain. You can rinse off the cleaner with a regular garden hose or use a power washer to blast away tough stains. But power washers can sometimes do more damage than good, so be careful if you decide to use one.

Re-sand Your Pavers 

Once the brick pavers have been thoroughly cleaned, the sand needs to be put back into the spaces between them. Open your sandbag and pour about a third of the sand onto a small area of the pavement. Use a dry, stiff-bristled broom to spread the sand all over the paved surface.

Spray The Sanded Bricks 

Once all the sand is in the spaces between the brick pavers, use your hose’s mist setting to spray water over the brick pavers. The water mist will let the sand settle in the spaces between the pavers. Try not to get the pavers too wet or wash away the sand that was just put down.

Sequoia Stonescapes Can Help 

If your brick pavers need more than just a simple cleaning because of wear and tear, you might want to think about replacing them. Get in touch with us right away so that we can give you a quote 

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