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Unsealed interlocking pavers are susceptible to staining chipping and growth of creepers through the cracks and edges. Although pavers require minimum maintenance regularly cleaning of the pavers and occasionally sealing them is necessary to preserve the well-tended look of your pristine patio or driveway. Sealing pavers is quite easy considering that a lot of good quality acrylic based sealants are available in the market. It is important to identify the material of the pavers whether it is clay concrete or stone because scrubbing material depend on it. To clean pavers you can use a scrubbing brush and water with a little amount of regular household detergent. Let the solution sit for fifteen minutes before scrubbing off with a broom.
There are several options while choosing amongst the patio ideas for pavers. These include concrete brick and stone pavers. Concrete pavers are the least expensive while the brick patio pavers are the most expensive. Therefore the choice of the pavers will depend on the individuals budget for the task. After installing the pavers it is important to maintain the area. The maintenance requirement is also based on the type of material used. Pavers that can be cleaned easily are easy to maintain while others that cannot be cleaned easily need more time on maintenance. Brick pavers show cracks over time and therefore they need to be maintained to keep their appearance.
Your job does not end with sealing pavers. You have to clean pavers regularly because damp weather makes pavers absorb moisture from the environment along with dust and can spoil the show of your pavement. So clean them and mop them regularly. Avoid using any highly concentrated chemicals that damage the environment. Always look for natural formulae for cleaning. You can use a high pressure cleaner and spray the pavers with salt water. For cleaning stains that are lighter a solution of detergent and warm water would be advisable. However stains of petrol or oil will not dissolve in water or soap. You can use a commercial product available in the market under the guidance of a professional. Another way of cleaning oil or petrol stains is the use of kitty litter on pavers on the previous night and sweep off the next day.
Inspect the joints of the pavers for sand loss. If the sand is more than ¼ inch below the joint surface youll have to "re-sand" the pavers. To re-sand you must use paver sand. You can buy this in bags at Lowes and Home Depot or at a brick yard. Spread the sand our on the pavers and using a push broom sweep the sand back and forth at a 45 degree angle from the joint lines until the level is 1/4th to 1/8th of an inch to the top of the joint surface. After the pavers have been adjusted cleaned and re-sanded (and every time after re-sanding) you want to seal your pavers with a good quality sealer. Sealing your pavers will protect the pavers from most kind staining and it will harden the joint sand locking your pavers into place and preventing anthills and weeds from growing between pavers. A good quality sealer will prevent a haze from forming on the paver surface caused from moisture in the paver when sealing. If you currently see a haze on the surface of your pavers from previous sealing youll have to strip the existing sealer before applying new sealer.