Brick pavers may lose their color and luster over time due to a variety of factors such as heavy foot traffic, sunlight and other harsh elements of nature. The same can be said for brick pavement that is barely cleaned over the course of the year. Mold, mildew and algae may inhibit the surfaces of brick pavers and destroy an otherwise attractive appearance. A well maintained and restored surface will add beauty to the surrounding area. Dirty brick pavers are unsightly and may prove slippery due to the formation of algae.
Mold and algae can be removed using an oxygen bleach solution. After removing any traces of contamination, here are the steps on how to restore faded brick pavers.
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Paint or brick stain
- Paint brush or roller brush
- Pressurized washer (optional)
- Small plastic bucket
Step 1 – Clean the Surface
Clean the faded surface thoroughly using a pressurized washer and hand brush. Use mild household detergent and an oxygen bleach solution to remove any traces of dirt on the brick pavers. This will ensure that the surface is free from dirt and oils that may affect the color of the finish. Let the surface dry thoroughly as most brick surfaces are porous. Allow a drying time of at least 24 hours depending on the climate.
Step 2 – Apply Paint or Brick Stain
Pour a small amount of paint or brick stain in a plastic bucket. Put on the protective hand gloves. Dip the paint brush and apply the stain all over the brick surface. A roller brush may be utilized to quickly cover a large surface area.
Paint can be bought at the nearest hardware store. On most cases, paint needs to be diluted with water to provide a more natural look. Add a small amount of water and stir the paint in the bucket. Apply more water until you get a thin consistency.
Brick stain comes in a variety of colors to choose from. It is safe to say that choosing a stain color that is of the same color as the old brick pavers are a safe choice and will produce the best results. Brick stain also contains sealers that will further protect the surface against UV rays and everyday wear and tear.
If you want to obtain a unique finish, you may blot the painted surface with a hand towel and let dry. This will result in an antique and natural look. Otherwise, remember to briskly apply the stain on all exposed surfaces of the brick pavers. Let the painted or stained surface dry for at least 24 hours.
Faded brick pavers can be easily brought back to life. It would be best to clean your brick pavers with a pressurized washer at least once a week. This will help prevent the accumulation of molds and algae. Painting and restoring brick pavers are ideally done in the summer time or whenever hot weather is present.