6 Easy Steps of Cleaning and Sealing Pavers
Pavers are a popular paving material for driveways, sidewalks and patios. They come in many different shapes and sizes, and can be made from a variety of materials such as concrete, brick or stone. Pavers are durable, but over time they can become stained and lose their color. Cleaning and sealing pavers is a simple process that can be done in just a few hours.
Here are the steps to follow:
Step 1: Cleaning the pavers
Removing any dirt or debris from the pavers with a broom or pressure washer is essential to ensure that the paver cleaner can do its job. Sometimes surface debris can be dislodged by lightly brushing the pavers with a broom. Heavy duty cleaning may require scrubbing with a stiff brush, especially if there’s algae growth on the pavers.
Step 2: Mixing a batch of paver cleaner
Once the rubble is removed, it’s time to mix a batch of paver cleaner according to the directions on the bottle. Typically, this entails adding some cleaner concentrate into a bucket and then filling it up with water until the mixture appears milky white. If you’re using multiple buckets, make sure the same amount of cleaner and water is used for each.
Step 3: Applying paver cleaner to the pavers
The next step is to apply the cleaner mix to the pavers and scrub with a brush or sponge. The cleaner can be applied all at once or in sections, depending on how big the area is that you need to clean. To save money on paver cleaner, you can make a large batch and share it with friends who have pavers.
Step 4: Washing the paver cleaner off
Rinsing the pavers with water and allowing them to dry completely is very important because it will wash the paver cleaner off the pavers and prevent it from drying on the surface. The cleaner is acidic and can damage the paver material if left for too long.
Step 5: Sealing the pavers
After they’re dry, seal the pavers with a paver sealant following the directions on the bottle. Typically, this means evenly applying it over the pavers with a brush, roller or back-and-forth motion using the spreader. The sealant should be applied in thin even layers and allowed to dry completely before moving on to the next section.
Step 6: Allowing the sealant to fully dry
Allowing the paver sealant to fully dry can take anywhere from one to two days, so be sure to check the directions on the bottle before applying it. Once it’s dry you can allow it to cure overnight and then get your driveway or walkway ready for use again.
Cleaning and sealing your pavers is an easy way to keep them looking new for years to come. By following these simple steps, you can clean and seal your pavers in just a few hours. Make sure to apply a sealant annually to protect them from staining and weathering.
“Note: Cleaning pavers with paver cleaner is an essential step for maintaining them over time.”
Glass Act Paver Restoration
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