How to clean and maintain your pavers
23 November 2017
Be a paver-saver and save yourself the extra work!
One of the reasons that concrete masonry is a popular choice over other options, is its proven performance and durability. Concrete pavers have been designed for external use so they are well suited to stand up to the elements over time however, they are not unsusceptible to stains.
Usually, stains or marks can be removed with a stiff broom or pressure washing, (provided you don't blast the stabilising sand out from the joints) however, if you have a specific stain that just won't budge we have a comprehensive list of stain removal methods to help you out.
Remove that stain!
To remove a stubborn stain, have a look at our stain removal list HERE.
If you're worried about accidentally staining your pavers with BBQ grease, dog poo, red wine, decaying leaves or something else, you should consider sealing them. We have more information about the benefits of sealing your concrete masonry products HERE.
What is efflorescence and how does it affect my project?
We sometimes get reports of a white chalky substance forming on the tops of pavers. This is called efflorescence and is a naturally occurring substance. Efflorescence is bought on by excess moisture and will present itself when the cement in the paver hydrates. This process may release salts and minerals that can later come through the surface of the paver. This happens most commonly after rain and will dissipate naturally over time.
There are some easy ways you can reduce the risk of excess moisture. If you receive your concrete masonry products and its going to be a few weeks before
you lay them, unwrap the pallet and store them in a cool dry place so they don’t get wet. Also ensure the sand you’re laying your pavers on is nice
If efflorescence does occur, don’t stress because it will dissipate naturally. If you want to speed up the process the best course of action is to treat the surface with a specific efflorescence cleaner, which is a treatment that can be purchased at most landscape supply yards. Always follow manufacturer instructions when using chemical agents, especially the directions around testing the product on a sample area before applying to your entire pavement.
You can learn how to treat efflorescence in this short video with our DIY expert and Better Homes and Gardens guru, Jason Hodges.
Got more questions?
If you have any questions about your project, get in touch with our team on 1300 230 633 or check out our social media pages for more DIY friendly inspiration.