how to clean patio pavers

A Simple Instruction Guide for How to Clean Pavers

By Tyler Kirk | Pressure Washing

Are your patio pavers looking dingy and old? Are you thinking about replacing them? You should first know patio pavers are a big investment. The average paver patio costs around $15 a square foot to replace, which can run you anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000 to replace depending on size. But there's actually another solution instead of shelling out thousands of dollars. You can clean them! Check out our handy instruction guide for how to clean patio pavers by pressure washing.

How to Clean Pavers: An Overview

Patios make a huge difference in your home's curb appeal. You want them to stay nice so they don't have a negative impact on your home's look. Even though pavers are very durable and reliable, they can still begin to get a little scruffy after all the fun barbecues and weather conditions take their toll. Overall, cleaning your pavers properly has more benefits than just making them look nice—regular cleanings make your pavers more durable and safer, too.

As a rule of thumb, if you maintain your pavers, cleaning is less time-consuming and less costly since you won't have to restore or replace them all the time—so let's get started.

Step #1: Choose a Cleaning Method

To begin, you should power wash your patio annually. You may need to purchase a basic cleaning solution for your pavers, or you can simply create a homemade water and white vinegar solution to remove stubborn dirt and stains.

Effective Cleaning Methods

    1. Pressure Washing: Using a pressure washer to clean your pavers helps remove any tough stains and breakdown all buildups. Believe it or not, grass, leaves, dust, debris, and spills leave marks on your patio over time.
    2. Dish Soap: Add some soap and water in a bowl, then start lightly scrubbing the dirty spots with a rag or sponge.
    3. Simple Green: It does not have any harsh chemicals to discolor or ruin your stones, and easily cuts through dirt and stains.
    4. White Vinegar and Water: A more natural way to touch-up your paver stones is to use a mixture of water and white vinegar. Let the vinegar mixture sit on the pavers for about an hour before using soap and water to scrub away any stains.
    5. Use a Broom: It's important to remove dirt regularly from your patio stones.

Step #2: Removing Weeds

Weeds grow between the seams and are more than eyesores; they can also weaken these seams. Use an anti-weed agent to solve this problem, or mix together a DIY solution like this one from HGTV.

Step #3: Sealing Pavers

You should re-seal your patio pavers at least every couple of years to help guard against stains and prevent chips. Simply apply sealers with a paintbrush after your patio is fully cleaned.

Step #4: Repair Grout Lines

Use a putty knife to apply a small amount of grout where you need it. Then, make sure you remove any excess grout from the pavers because it could stain. To do this, use a wire brush to remove the dried grout traces.

Step #5: Replace Pavers

No matter how often you clean, you may need to replace a few pavers once in a while. While this isn’t a must-do “step,” it could be necessary. Overall, it's easy to replace a new stone without damaging the area. Getting rid of that damaged stone will enhance your patio instantly.

Need Help Cleaning Pavers with a Pressure Washing?

If you pressure wash your pavers correctly, it will help your property look good as new. However, don't fret if you don't want to handle cleaning pavers with a pressure washer on your own—it can be intimidating because you don't want to ruin your patio and displace the pavers. Instead, rely on the experts who know how to pressure wash your pavers with care and efficiency. Labor Panes’ soft touch wash is safe for all types of surfaces and our team is highly trained to get the job done right the first time. Contact us today for a free quote to clean any part of your home's exterior—we do it all from pavers, windows, gutters, siding, and more.

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