How to Clean and Maintain Concrete Patio Pavers
Concrete patio pavers are popular and found in various outdoor areas. Relatively speaking, they are very durable and require little maintenance and upkeep. However, you still have to make sure to clean them well so as to maintain them in good condition. Follow the simple steps below to effectively clean your concrete pavers.
Step 1: Sweeping
It is important to regularly sweep the patio. Use a push broom to better collect the dust and dirt. If the pavers have unsealed edges and any cracks, you will need to more effectively remove any build-up. If there is ice or snow, you may need to use a shovel to remove them effectively. Should you opt to use ice-melt products because you feel that there is too much snow to shovel away, bear in mind that you will have to remove the puddles immediately afterwards. Leaving a lot of melted ice on the pavers for a relatively long period of time will most likely cause damage to the pavers. Any sand or grit will have to be removed as well, and if mud developed it is best to wash it away.
Step 2: Inspection
Once the majority of the dirt has been sweeped or shovelled away, you should spend some time inspecting the pavers. You may notice areas which have cracked, or others where there are stains. Inevitably, you will need to act so as to treat or repair such problems.
Step 3: First Wash
Start off by rinsing the patio pavers with plenty of water, using a garden hose. The gush of water will help to remove the more persistent dirt. However, do not use too high a pressure as you might cause damage to the pavers. Add some mild detergent and scour the pavers with a push broom. Then, rinse with clear water and allow to dry well. Squeezing away the water with a squeezer will facilitate the drying up stage, especially if it does not happen to be a sunny day.
Step 4: Finding and Treating Stains
If there are still any stains left after the first wash, then it means that you need to ascertain what kind of stain it is so as to better treat and hopefully remove it. Mold stains can often be effectively removed by applying bleach to water and scrubbing well. In case of oil stains, it is best to apply some liquid degreaser. Any paint stains should be scraped off or removed with paint stripper. Always try to use cleansers that are not acidic or made from chemicals that could harm the pavers' finish further. Discoloring or fading may result if you do not pay special attention in these cases.
Step 5: Repairing
Proper maintenance requires occasional repairing needs. Any cracks or holes need to be filled up to prevent the cracks from becoming larger or deeper. If weeds developed in any cracks, make sure to remove them immediately. Then, clean the cracks or holes from any dirt, residuals or loose stones. When done, fill them up with a suitable grouting. Smooth it well and allow to dry. Then, apply sealer for improved protection.