Because pavers (paving stones) are so attractive, versatile, durable, and low-maintenance, they’re commonly used for all sorts of hardscaping. They’re an ideal material for driveways, walkways, patios, grill station and outdoor kitchen flooring, pool decks, and so many other types of yard features and enhancements.
Of course, nothing outdoors is immune from soiling and the potential for damage. Time, the elements, feet, tires, spills, and other forces can leave their marks eventually. Cleaning and maintaining pavers is a small part of yard care, just as any other part of your home should be cared for.
Fortunately, cleaning and maintaining pavers requires minimal effort on your part. Just a little upkeep and tending promptly to any problems that arise helps protect your investment and ensure that it continues to look its best for many years to come.
Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Pavers
- Sweep paving stones with a broom as regularly as you can to remove dirt, leaves, and other debris. It’s a good idea to sweep before it rains to avoid accumulation of mud, wet leaves, etc.
- If one or more pavers are stained, scrub them with a solution of warm water and dish soap using a heavy-duty sponge or a rag.
- There’s generally no need to pressure wash paving stones; power washing can actually expose and disturb the aggregate underneath the pavers, and is best avoided.
- Soak up spills—never rub them in—just like with a carpet.
- Apply specialized cleansers indicated for use on paving stones for particular types of stains. For example, use an oil stain remover for oil and grease; an organic matter remover for stains from moss, mildew, wet leaves, mold, blood, etc.; a rust remover for stains left by a rusty item; or paint remover for paint spills or splatter. Follow all package directions and warnings.
- When using any cleansing solution, review the usage instructions and warnings. Test a small amount in an inconspicuous spot on a paver before applying it anywhere else to be sure it doesn’t cause discoloration or other problems.
- Use a weed preventative around the edges of your hardscaping features to avoid any growth that can affect paver placement. Professionally installed pavers should not get weeds growing between them.
- Apply a coat of paving stone sealer every three years, or as recommended by your hardscaping contractor. While DIY products are available, for best results, it’s recommended that you have a professional do this.
- Have your hardscaping contractor repair or replace damaged paving stones as needed. One of the major benefits of pavers is that it’s so much quicker, easier, and cheaper to address localized issues than with most other materials.