Concrete pavers are a popular choice for outdoor spaces due to their durability, versatility, and aesthetic appeal. Whether they are installed in your courtyard, garden or pool, proper maintenance of your concrete pavers is essential to ensure they stay beautiful and functional for years to come.
In this guide, we’ll discuss the tried and true methods to clean and maintain Anston concrete pavers, helping you preserve their longevity and enhance the overall charm of your outdoor space.
The first step in maintaining concrete pavers is to keep them free from debris. Sweeping the paved surface regularly is a simple task that prevents dirt, leaves, and other organic matter from accumulating. Left to collect, these materials can cause stains or promote the growth of moss or algae, leading to a less appealing appearance and potential slipping hazards.
For a deeper clean, a gentle wash with a garden hose and scrubbing with a stiff broom can remove more persistent grime. For stubborn spots, consider using a pressure washer to remove embedded dirt and stains. Adjust the pressure settings to avoid damaging the pavers and use a fan tip nozzle to cover larger areas efficiently. Be cautious with the pressure, as excessive force may dislodge grout from the joints between the pavers.
Spot Treatment & Stain Removal
Like all outdoor flooring materials, concrete pavers are susceptible to stains from leaves, bird droppings, oil, and other substances. Accidental spills can easily occur in an outdoor entertaining space.
The key to managing stains is to promptly address any spills, wiping them up or blotting them with an absorbent material such as cat litter or cornstarch.
Organic stains such as leaf tannins or animal droppings may require an alkaline product, such as baking soda or bleach, to be diluted in water and applied to the affected area, and then scrubbed gently with a stiff brush to remove the stain.
For non-organic stains, a light acid wash may be the more appropriate treatment if mild detergent and water is not effective. Anston highly recommends that acid washing is best performed by an experienced cleaning contractor, as a product that is not properly neutralised may risk burning the concrete paving.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals & Seek Professional Support
When cleaning your concrete pavers, avoid using harsh chemicals that can damage the surface or harm nearby vegetation. Stick to mild detergents, soapy water, or specialised concrete cleaners designed for outdoor use.
For more advanced cleaning requirements, such as long-lasting stains or grime build-up that will not budge, we recommend employing a professional cleaning contractor. Depending on the type of stain, they will be able to advise the type of cleaning product and treatment required. They will also have all the tools and equipment required to complete the task.
To enhance the longevity and appearance of your concrete pavers, consider applying a sealing product to your pavement every 5-10 years. Sealants act as a protective barrier against stains, UV rays, weathering and general wear and tear. It is important to note, however, that stains can still occur even on sealed pavers. Stains should still be addressed promptly to prevent them from settling into the pavers.
Before sealing, pavers should be clean and free from efflorescence. The type of sealing products applicable for concrete paving are penetrating sealers, as opposed to topical products. This will ensure there is no discolouration of the paving after the sealant has been applied. For best results, employ a professional cleaning contractor who will know exactly which product to use.
Maintaining the beauty of your concrete pavers involves a combination of regular cleaning, preventative measures, and prompt stain treatments. By incorporating these practices into a regular routine, your concrete pavers will retain their beauty, serving as a testament to both their durability and your diligent care. Clean, pristine pavers will help to preserve the charm and functionality of your outdoor environment, creating a welcoming oasis that remains an enduring and attractive feature of your home for years to come.