You’ve just installed your dream outdoor patio. You have a custom fire pit textured to make your New Orleans backyard feel like a Tuscan oasis. You have a beautifully paved walkway that leads to your custom outdoor kitchen, complete with a custom paver design that makes your backyard into an elegant escape.
You’ve put in the time and the resources to have the backyard of your dreams — and now it’s time to maintain it.
When it comes to paver designs, cleaning them the right way is incredibly important. Not only will it help to keep your backyard sparkling, but it will also ensure that your paver designs retain their structural integrity.
Cleaning Tips For Your Paver Designs
If you have any questions about how to clean your paver designs, learn more today from the Brickstone Pavers and Design, LLC blog. To work with the Top Rated Local® pavers in New Orleans, give our team a call today.
Using A Pressure Cleaner
Using a pressure cleaner or power washer on your paver designs is one of the best ways to truly clean the surface. A pressure cleaner can tackle grit and grime better than any amount of elbow grease can.
The thing about using a pressure cleaner is that you want to be aware of just how much pressure you’re using. Aim to keep your pressure between 1,000 and 1,200 psi units of pressure. If you exceed this number, you’re exposing your design pavers to risk. In fact, the pressure from a cleaner could be enough to fracture your pavers or otherwise damage the surface.
Cleaning With Vinegar
If you’re worried about pressure cleaning or have a textured surface that you want to maintain as opposed to wear down, then good, old-fashioned vinegar might be the solution for you.
Vinegar is non-toxic and environmentally friendly, which makes it an excellent choice to use on your design pavers.
You should apply white vinegar to your pavers using a spray bottle; if you dump vinegar directly onto the surface, it will cause an uneven distribution of the solution. Spray across the surface enough for it to be damp to the touch.
Let the vinegar solution soak for an hour, giving enough time for it to seep into the surface of the paver and free up dirt and grime.
Finally, clean the pavers with a solution of dish soap and water. Scrub the surface with a bristled sponge or brush to really ensure the surface is clean.
Clearing Moss and Weed Growth
Having an excess of moss and weeds between your pavers isn’t just unsightly; it’s also a surefire way to compromise the pattern, structure, and integrity of your patio. Removing organic growth takes a bit of leg work, but it’s not an impossible job. Remove weeds from the root and sweep away any excess growth.
If you want to reduce long-term maintenance and keep your pavers protected, you can opt for sealing. Sealing, as the name suggests, involves applying a coat of sealant to the pavers. This process helps to lessen the absorption for which concrete is known. Indeed, without sealing, concrete is a porous substance that will likely absorb and keep a stain.
Sealant generally lasts between three and five years, so it’s also a long-lasting form of protection than routine cleaning.
Dealing With Existing Stains
The reality is that your design pavers might already look more weathered than you’d like. Whether you have tire marks, oil spills, or a tough stain that just won’t come out, it might be worth it to hire a professional company to clean your pavers. After all, remember how much time and thought you put into the pavers — they’re worth cleaning the right way.
About Brickstone Pavers and Drivers, LLC
Whether it’s time to replace outdated concrete pavers or whether you want to invest in the patio of your dreams, our team at Brickstone Pavers and Drivers, LLC in New Orleans can help. Main services include walkways and patios, driveways, custom fire pits, custom outdoor kitchens, retaining walls, and bobcat rentals.
Reach out to us today for a free quote. We’re excited to get started or to help you clean your existing pavers.