The Essential Guide to Cleaning and Maintaining Your Pavers

Use these simple tricks to have great-looking pavers for decades

Concrete pavers can be used for a wide variety of structures. You can create elegant walkways through your garden, use them to create a unique, attractive driveway, or assemble a backyard patio for grilling and outdoor fun. But no matter what you use patio pavers for, you need to maintain them if you want them to last.

Sometimes it seems like nature wants your pavers to look old and worn, taking away the clean and elegant appearance you love so much. So how can you have pavers that will look great for decades? With the right strategy and a little commitment, your pavers will look fantastic no matter what nature throws your way.

Weeding is a year-round task

Nothing makes pavers look old and unkempt more than weeds growing between them. It can be a tough battle, but not one that’s impossible to win. Pull them out much as possible to keep them from taking over the area. Once a few weeds start growing, they can accelerate quickly, so keep them in control.

Because windblown seeds can lodge in the joints, you’ll want to sweep regularly to keep them from taking root. If they manage to take root anyway, or are already there, you can choose to pull them out by hand or use an herbicide. Just remember to double-check that the weed killer you choose won’t stain your pavers.

Inspect your pavers individually

Once or twice a year, take a close look at the pavers to see if any are damaged or severely stained. Look for pavers that have been chipped or cracked, or single bricks that are loose. They may need to be replaced in the near future.

A particular paver could be discontinued, so if you have the luxury of availability, you may want to purchase some extra ones and keep them in storage. You’ll be glad you did when you find that first cracked paver. Remember that if you are cutting the paver to fit, cut it small so you can repack sand around it.

Rinse them regularly

About once a week, take your hose and give the pavers a good rinsing. This will remove any dirt and grime, and will wash away any weed seeds that are trying to get a foothold. If you garden or have plants that need watering, simply use your regular watering as a chance to rinse off the pavers.

You can also use a pressure washer, but be careful to not set the pressure too high. Also, don’t hold the stream in one location for too long and avoid spraying pressurized water directly into the cracks.

Get high-quality cleaners and sealers to complete the process

Concrete cleaners and sealers are essential for the care of long-term pavers. SurfaceLogix has just the right cleaner to meet your needs. Cobble Clean is a concentrated dirt and de-greaser that cleans oil, tar and grease stains on paving stones and concrete surfaces. Cobble Clean is recommended for routine cleaning of driveways, patios, pool decks and walkways. Cobble Prep is an efflorescence and organic stain remover. Choose Cobble Oxhide if you need to remove sprinkler rust or fertilizer stains. All cleaners are concentrated and biodegradable.