A patio or walkway constructed of brick pavers can add an elegant, eye-catching flair to your home’s exterior. We love working with pavers because they offer so many opportunities for creativity. They’re also quite low maintenance, which makes them ideal for use in high traffic areas. To keep them looking their very best, however, you will want to perform a little upkeep now and then. Today we’ll walk you through the process of cleaning and sealing your brick pavers.
The Cleaning Process
We can start by sweeping dust and dirt from the surface of the pavers. This will reveal any areas that need further attention. If you spot any oil or grease stains, you can apply an absorbent material such as baking soda or dry sand to lift it to the surface. Let your absorbing agent sit for about 30 minutes, and then sweep it away. Next, use a deck brush to scrub the area with a mild solution of hot water and dish detergent. Then rinse the pavers with a garden sprayer or pressure washer. If the masonry sand between the cracks in your pavers gets dislodged in the process, take care to sweep it back once you’re done.
Sealing Your Pavers
Brick paver penetrating sealer is designed to protect your pavers from oil and grease stains. You should always give your pavers a good thorough cleaning before applying a new coat of sealer. Next, shake your can of sealer thoroughly before pouring into a paint tray. Use a paint roller to apply it to the pavers in a thin, even coat. You can use a paintbrush to coat the sides of the bricks around the edges of your patio or walkway. Let the sealer dry for about an hour, and then add a second coat in the same fashion. Keep foot traffic off of the pavers for about two days after sealing.
And there you have it! With regular cleaning and an occasional coat of sealer your brick pavers will continue to make your neighbors jealous for years to come.