Paver stones add a lot to your yard. They are perfect for jazzing up a patio or creating a small sitting area. Or you may use them for a path to your garden or around your flowers. They really do not require a ton of maintenance, and paver restoration is fairly simple.
Now you might be thinking, but I have never done paver cleaning before. That’s ok. Here are some tips that you can employ for your next paver restoration.
First, when doing paver cleaning, you need to make certain the weather is right. The outside temperature should be a minimum of 40 degrees Fahrenheit and a maximum of 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Between these temperatures, the cleaner and sealer will be able to work as they should.
You should also not do paver restoration before, in the course of, or following rain. The weather needs to be dry to work the best.
Debris, such as dirt and foliage, can accumulate on top of your pavers. It is a good idea to employ a dry brush to remove this, then use a garden hose to rinse off the pavers. If the pavers are not super dirty, this might be adequate enough to get them clean.
If they are still dirty, you may want to wash them with a power washer. Oils, moss, and stains will require this step.
Do you hate to pull weeds? Use too! You can use your power washer to help flush them out of the paver cracks. This is a simple paver restoration tip that is super simple to do. If you do not have your own power washer or do not know anyone that has one, you can often rent one at various places.
If your stones need to be recovered, now is the time to do it when you are cleaning them. If you notice pavers that have sunk down, you can level the area back out. The paver can be removed by prying it up with a wrecking bar or screwdriver. The dirt beneath the removed pavers should be compacted, then some paver base or polymeric sand should be added. Before exchanging the stone, you’ll need to push down this new material. Use a level to determine if the pavers are flush. Keep placing new sand under the stone until the section is even.
In between the pavers, sand holds them in place. Windy conditions and various climates will wear these down over time. You will want to consider adding extra sand if the path or terrace is lacking sand between the pavers or if you pressure-washed the pavers. Sand should only be added when the paver stones and sand are entirely dry.
Replenish the sand on your terrace or pathway by sweeping polymer sand across the top and into the joints. A leaf blower or broom can be utilized to sweep off any extra sand. You must add the sand until approximately one-eighth of an inch of sand is underneath the paver’s top.
Gently sprinkle the area with water from a hose to activate the sand. Generally, two sessions of watering are suggested. Give it a minimum of 24 to 48 hours after activating the sand to complete any other work on the patio.
If you’re interested in paver restoration and are located in or around Tampa, FL, contact Unreal Paver Seal. This family-owned company has been in the business since 2016 and looking forward to showing you how they can help you.