A sandstone paver can make a great deck for your pool. However, if it is not maintained properly, it will stop being as attractive as it once was. Fortunately, cleaning a sandstone paver is not particularly complex, and can be done mostly using very common supplies that you should have lying around the house. Follow the simple steps below to effectively clean your sandstone pool deck without damaging the pavers.
Tools and Materials
- Sandstone Cleaning Solution
Step 1 - Select Your Materials
To avoid damaging your sandstone paver deck, you must use the correct cleaning supplies. Certain cleaning products, while useful in other situations, can damage your deck or sealer permanently. The list of materials to avoid includes ammonia, any type of acid, alkaline, and bleach. You should have no trouble finding a cleaner specifically formulated for use with sandstone and labeled as such.
Step 2 - Prepare the Work Area
Before you do anything complicated or time consuming, save yourself a lot of effort by sweeping away any loose dirt, dust, and debris with your broom. Skipping this step will definitely save you a lot of work in the following steps. However, it may even save your seal or sandstone paver from damage. It is quite easy to accidentally scratch a surface such as a paver or seal by mopping small hard particles of dirt over it repeatedly. Naturally, doing this can cause a seal to become less effective, or a deck to gain unsightly damage.
Step 3 - Prepare the Cleaning Solution
The instructions on your sandstone specific solution should take precedence over what you read here. However, most cleaning supplies of this type have a few things in common that you should expect. For one thing, they will almost always require a great deal of dillution. Because of this, you should have a bucket and a way to measure water and cleaning supplies by volume. The cleaning solution may require the water to be cold or hot, so be prepared in that department as well. Read the instructions beforehand to save yourself some trouble.
Step 4 - Clean the Sandstone Paver
Dip your mop into your bucket and apply the cleaning materials that you have prepared to the sandstone paver. Mop the entire area thoroughly as you would any other floor.
Step 5 - Rinse the Paver
Finish up by using your mop to rinse off the paver. Use a bucket of clean water with your mop to remove all of the used cleaning solution. When you are done, your sandstone paver should be as good as new.
Step 6 - Seal the Paver
If your sandstone paver is not sealed, this is the perfect time to do so. Sealing a paver can keep it in good condition, increase its lifespan and save you time and effort that you would normally spend on cleaning. If you need to find the best sealer for your sandstone paver, start at your local hardware store and look for products specifically designed to be used on sandstone.