After investing in your patio or driveway pavers, it only makes sense to protect that investment. So, sealing is a no-brainer.
However, since sealing can’t be done right away after installation, chances are those beautiful pavers have gathered dust, grime, and even weeds that need to be removed before moving on.
But don’t worry; preparing your pavers for sealing is easier than you think! Here’s how to clean pavers before applying the sealer.
How to clean pavers before sealing
Preparing and washing your paver is no easy task. However, the good news is that after finishing up the whole sealing process, maintenance will be a breeze. So, gear up for the job, and let’s move on!
Step #1. Clear the way for cleaning
The first step is removing everything from your pavers, so you don’t miss a spot during cleaning. If you have patio furniture, potted plants, decorations, or any other outdoor furnishing on your pavers, pick up and relocate every item so you can clean the area thoroughly.
Step #2. Remove weeds and moss
You might find weeds between the tiles or moss over them, especially if the installation isn’t recent. One way to solve this problem is by relying on store-bought products like weed killers (or even making your own), but they will need time to take effect.
If you don’t mind putting more effort into the task, slip on a pair of gloves and pull out all the weeds. Then, with a stiff brush, brush the pavers until removing the remaining weeds and moss.
Step #3. Wash the pavers
Once you clear out your pavers from furnishings and vegetation, the next step is washing them. Of course, the best way to clean your pavers depends on the materials, so keep in mind the manufacturer’s recommendations.
If you are looking for a safe method, soapy water is usually the best option for this chore. Here’s how you do it:
- Make the cleaning solution by mixing warm water and a gentle liquid soap or degreaser.
- Then, wet the area you are cleaning with a garden hose before applying the mix.
- Pour the cleaning solution onto a small section, and scrub gently with a stiff brush. Focus on grimy spots. Continue until covering the entire patio, walkway, or driveway.
Another way to clean your pavers is by pressure washing. If you own one of these devices, you can use it to wash away the dirt and debris on your patio. It takes less effort but is a bit riskier, so do it carefully!
Step #4. Let dry, re-sand, and prepare for sealing
At this point, your pavers are grime-free, but they are wet. The next step is to let them dry thoroughly and check if re-sanding is needed. After packing the sand carefully between the tiles, you are ready to seal.
Do you need a helping hand with your project?
Sealing your pavers is easier said than done. However, you can trust the professionals at First Coast SoftWash & Paver Sealing to help you with your paver sealing project. We use top-quality and eco-friendly products to ensure results up to your expectations.