Summer is almost here, and it's time to start thinking about how to clean patio pavers to get them ready for parties and backyard barbecues. Just like you clean the inside of your home, there are many areas outdoors that need it too, especially your paver patio.
As time goes by, you may start to notice that your paver patio looks dingy, or just isn't as vibrant as it once was. This is all perfectly normal, and with a little bit of cleaning, it will look good as new in no time.
It's essential to maintain your patio surface by keeping it clean and ready for weather and other elements that can damage it. Being prepared is your first defense, so it stays in the best condition possible.
Even if you don't plan on spending lots of time outdoors in the spring and summer months, you will enjoy your patio so much more when it's clean and refreshed. Spending time with family outdoors is fun, and it's even better when you have a yard to be proud of.
While it will take a little bit of elbow grease and some time, you can have your paver patio in the best shape again! Trust me, when it's free of debris, mold, and it's shiny and bright again, you will be so glad you put in the effort. Let's take a look at how to clean your pavers so you can get started on this project.
If you have furniture, a grill, pots, or anything else, now is the time to remove it. Place the items in the garage or on your lawn, so it's out of the way. You want to make sure that nothing damages those items, so put them where they can stay dry and safe from the elements.
Weeds can wreak havoc on your patio, so you will want to pull them out. Make sure not to be harsh when you do this so you don't damage the pavers or loosen them. You can also use a brush that has stiff bristles to scrub the pavers and remove any moss on it.
Using plain water from your garden hose, wet down the entire space. After it's wet, then add some dish soap or a degreaser to a bucket of water. Using a brush that's stiff, pour some water and soap on the pavers and give it all a scrub. Keep it gentle, and don't go overboard on the scrubbing, so you don't damage any of the surfaces.
Give the patio a good rinse and see if there are more areas that need a little stronger cleaning. If you see that there are, go ahead and repeat the steps to reclean the patio.
If you use sand in between the pavers, you may need to add more. If there are spots where it seems broken or damaged, call a professional to help you replace those pavers. After all of the pavers are in good repair, then you can move to the next step.
After all the cleaning and repairs have been made, it's time to add some sealant to the paver patio. You can use a sealer that's intended for pavers and roll it on with a paintbrush on a long handle. Apply at least 2 coats and allow for dry time in between each one.
The best way to have clean pavers is to ensure they are properly installed in the first place. Mold, rot, and chipping pavers are indications they may not have been done correctly.
That being said, hope is not lost! Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about cleaning pavers on your patio.
No, you should not pressure wash your patio pavers. I know a lot of people think it's a good idea because it would get the job done quicker.
In theory, that sounds great, but if you use a pressure washer, you are risking damage to the pavers themselves. You may find yourself needing to replace many of the pavers because the pressure washer damaged them beyond repair.
You can use bleach if it's been diluted with water. We recommend only using bleach if you can't get the stains up with dish soap. Stick to the ratio of 1 cup of bleach per gallon of water. If the concentration of bleach is too high, you risk causing damage, and you aren't going to want that.
Yes, vinegar is NEVER safe to use on pavers. It can cause a lot of damage, and you may have to replace a lot of the pavers if you try this. I know that vinegar is often used for household cleaning projects, but when it comes to your patio, it's a big no!
If your original cleaning didn't remove any mold, you may have to repeat the steps a few times to get rid of it. Mold can be very stubborn and difficult to remove if you don't do it right.
Plus, oftentimes, it will grow right back, so make sure to get rid of all of it whenever you clean the patio pavers. For best results, use warm water (not hot) and add some dish soap to the mix. Then pour it on the moldy locations and let it sit anywhere from 5-10 minutes. Then, using a brush that has reasonably stiff bristles, scrub the area lightly.
You don't want to scrub it too hard because it can scratch the finish on the pavers. If the mold is still there, then you may need to clean it with watered down bleach.
While you may need to repeat these steps a few times, the mold should go away after a thorough cleaning. If you find that no matter what you do, you can't get rid of it, it's time to call the professionals, and we can help you.
Cleaning patio pavers doesn't have to be a huge headache. If you do this regularly, you will find it's beautiful and will last so much longer.