Brick or stone pavers are a great way to add a touch of elegance to your yard without piling too much extra work onto your landscaping duties. They’re versatile in style and durable in structure—the perfect investment when you want to upgrade your landscape!
Just like with any landscape feature, you want to do your research on the best ways to take care of your stone pavers, so they retain their high quality for years to come. Start your investigation with a run down on the basics from the team at VistaPro!
Regular Cleaning & Maintenance:
As we’ve already mentioned, one of the advantages of brick and stone pavers is that they’re pretty low maintenance. Still, you will need to do some semi-regular cleaning to help keep them at their best.
Sweep, scrub, and weed your stone pavers regularly.
You can use anything from warm water mixed with dish soap to a paver cleaning solution to give your pavers a good wash. After you spot test it, cover your pavers in the solution and allow it to sit for one to two minutes. Then, depending on how dirty they are, you can either hose or scrub it off. Just make sure you’re using a soft-bristled brush, as harsher materials like wire may scratch the stone.
You’ll also want to take the time to regularly remove weeds that pop up in between the stones. If left unkempt, they weaken the seams and can cause cracks over time.
Treating Common Stains:
Oil & Grease
Didn’t realize your car had an oil leak until you parked it in the driveway? No worries! Simply mop up as much of the stain as you can with a cleaning solution and then cover it with cat litter. Let the litter absorb the oil or grease for 24 hours before wiping it away. Repeat until the stain is gone.
Food & Juice
With all the parties you’ll be having on your back patio, it’s almost guaranteed someone will spill something on it eventually. That’s okay though, all you need to do is spot clean it! Use a small, soft brush (like a toothbrush) to scrub the stain with undiluted soap or laundry detergent and let it set for 30-60 minutes. Then, scrub it with very hot water to remove the soap. Repeat this process until the stain has been lifted.
Looking for an easy, yet effective way to enhance your landscape? Enlist the pros at VistaPro Landscape & Design to create and build a custom brick paver installation! We’ll help you choose the right sizes, colors, design, and other features you need to nail to complete the look of your backyard.
Contact us today to get started on that gorgeous patio or inlay you’ve always wanted!