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Caring for Your Brick Pavers

By Whirl Construction (602 words)
Posted in Retaining Walls/Pavers on September 18, 2019

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Brick is one of the oldest materials used in building, and its continued use is a testament to its classic beauty and endurance. Today, brick pavers are commonly used in homes or on lawns as a stunning upgrade from classic concrete. 

One of the biggest benefits of installing brick pavers is the economical advantage. Not only are pavers environmentally friendly, but they are also easy to care for. Maintaining your brick pavers takes minimal time and money - and because brick is so durable they’re all but guaranteed to last for years to come as long as you follow basic maintenance instructions. 

Read on to learn how to care for your pavers. We’ll cover both standard maintenance and what to do if your pavers need a deep clean or another round of sealing.  

Regular Paver Maintenance

Standard care for brick pavers is straightforward - simply sweep them! It’s important to keep dirt, grass and leaves off pavers because the sun will naturally bleach the brick over time. Debris on your pavers can lead to uneven fading, which can affect the aesthetic appeal of your brick. 

For oily or greasy stains, a little sand will fix the issue. Simply apply a layer of sand (cornstarch or baking soda will also work) and give it time to soak up the grease or oil. Once it’s soaked up, mix detergent and hot water and apply it to the stain. Scrub the area with a stiff brush to remove the oily residue, and then rinse with a hose. 

Deep Cleaning Your Pavers

To prevent pavers from becoming sunken or uneven, it’s best to deep clean them at least every 2-3 years. You may need to clean them sooner if you notice any issues such as stubborn weeds, uneven pavers, or other concerns. 

The simplest way to clean your pavers is to use a pressure washer. You can hire a professional if you choose, but if you have access to a pressure washer and if your paver area is small, you can save a bit of money and clean them yourself. 

This process requires no special chemicals - the pressure exerted through the sprayer is enough to clean your pavers. Start with a small area and direct the nozzle at the bricks, moving back and forth steadily until the area is clean. Remember to also clean in between the bricks to remove dirt, debris, and any weeds that may have sprung up. This also opens up the space for filler sand, which will keep pavers in place and steady for years to come. 

Sealing or Setting Your Pavers

Sealing pavers requires polymeric sand, which hardens when it gets wet. Simply pour the sand onto the pavers, and sweep until all the open spaces are evenly filled. Once the sand is in place, lightly mist the area using a garden hose and wait a few hours. The wet sand will harden, and once it dries you’ll have a lovely setting for your pavers! 

Some homeowners also choose to add a sealant to further protect their pavers. These acrylic sealers help to protect the brick from water, oil and other potential stains. For this process, you’ll need to purchase brick paver sealer and a paint roller and tray. Simply pour the sealer into the tray and roll it evenly across the bricks using the paint roller. Allow it to dry, and then apply a second coat if desired. 

As you can see, pavers are easy to install and even easier to maintain. With the right care and attention, your brick pavers will be a beautiful part of your home for many years to come!

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