Paving My Driveway Again

6 Steps For Keeping Your Pavers Clean

by Minnie Larson

If you have pavers installed outside of your home, you are going to want to make sure that spend some time cleaning up the pavers this spring. Cleaning up the pavers and taking care of them on a regular basis will extend the overall life of your driveway paving.

Get Rid of Dirt

The first thing you need to do is get rid of loose dirt on your pavers. It's relatively easy to get rid of loose dirt, you just use a broom and sweep it away. Getting rid of loose dirt is the first step of the cleaning process.

Rinse off Your Pavers

Second, you are going to want to rinse off the pavers with some water. You can use a regular garden hose with a spray attachment to clean off your pavers. This is an easy way to get rid of loose dirt. You only need to use a pressure washer if moss has built up on your pavers.

Get Rid of Stains

Third, stains can develop on your pavers over time. Stains are often left behind by mud, food, or even wet leaves. To get rid of stains, you just need to scrub the stains with some soap and water. The soap you use to wash your dishes should do this job. Just mix up some soap and water, and use a rag to scrub the area clean.

If there are oil stains on the pavers, you are going to need to do a little more work though. You are going to need to purchase an oil remover to get rid of any oil stains.  You are going to want to use gloves and a mask when working with an oil remover.

Replace Damaged Stones

Fourth, you are going to want to inspect all the stones. If you find any that have been chipped or cracked, you are going to want to replace those stones. Figure out how many pavers you have that need to be replaced, and get rid of those pavers.

Add More Sand Filler

Fifth, you are going to need to add more sand filler between your pavers. The sand filler can wear down over time and will need to be replenished at least once a year. Add more sand between the pavers by carefully pouring it through the cracks.

Seal the Pavers

Finally, you are going to want to seal the pavers. This is a process that you should do on a yearly basis. You are going to want to purchase and apply the paver sealant to help keep the pavers intact and to make it easier keep your pavers clean.