Patio pavers come in a range of materials, colors, shapes and designs. How you can choose to install them can also help create visual depth and a patio space you enjoy whenever the weather is warm. Most patio pavers are also incredibly strong and easy to care for, making them the perfect choice for outdoor spaces.
Over time though, your patio pavers can start to look a little worse for wear. However, unless you’ve got serious damage, a thorough cleaning is likely all that is required to bring them back to life. Use this guide to learn more about how to clean patio pavers around your home.
Clear Your Work Area
Before you can start the process of cleaning patio pavers you’ll first need to clear your work area. To do this, remove all outdoor furniture, potted plants, tables and other items from your space. If possible, put these somewhere safe and out of the way like inside your garage.
After removing furniture and decorative items you should sweep up and remove any loose debris like clods of dirt from potted plants. Starting with a clean work area will make it much easier to clean patio pavers efficiently.
Rinse and Assess
Your patio pavers might look extremely dirty if you’ve basically ignored them for six months, a year or more. They’re probably still in pretty good shape though, and in some cases, a thorough rinse can make a dramatic difference.
Start the cleaning process by rinsing your patio pavers thoroughly with a hose. You can use a spray nozzle, but avoid pressure washers since they may cause minor damage that can’t be easily repaired.
Allow your pavers to dry and asses any damage or areas that need extra cleaning and weed or moss removal.
Remove Weeds and Moss
Weeds and moss can both take root in-between your patio pavers, but getting rid of them doesn’t have to be difficult. Here’s how you can remove weeds and moss before you clean patio pavers:
Pull weeds by hand, grabbing them from the root where possible. While using a hand tool like a weed cutter might seem efficient, weeds must be removed from the root up so they don’t take hold again. Discard weeds and clear excess debris.
Use baking soda to get rid of moss between patio pavers. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda between your patio pavers and lightly saturate the area with a spray bottle. Leave the baking soda mixture overnight.
Rinse your patio pavers with a hose. Check to make sure weeds, moss and debris are gone. Sweep your patio pavers again once they are dry.
Make Your Own Cleaning Solution
Commercial cleaning solutions made for outdoor materials like patio pavers work just fine. Many people find that making their own eco-friendly cleaner is simple and cost-effective though. You can also use it on many other outdoor surfaces that need cleaning.
To make your own cleaning solution, simply combine a small amount of dish soap or eco-friendly detergent in a gallon of water. A few tablespoons of detergent will go a long way, so avoid using too much soap that could leave a hard-to-remove residue.
You can put this mixture in a garden sprayer or simply use a bucket of soapy water to clean patio pavers.
Clean Your Patio Pavers
Cleaning patio pavers is something pretty much everybody can. In fact, all you need is the soapy water mixture outlined above and a hard-bristled brush. An outdoor broom can also be used if you don’t want to scrub on your hands and knees.
Avoid using a wire brush when you clean patio pavers. Hard wire bristle brushes can scratch even relatively resilient materials in an unsightly manner.
When cleaning patio pavers, consider where you want to be pushing dirty water as you scrub. You don’t want to work toward your home or pool. Instead, work toward utility areas or dirt and grassy areas that can easily absorb the water.
Keep Mold and Algae at Bay
Mold and algae are common patio paver problems that tend to pop in the spring and summer months. These are particularly problematic in damp areas like around your swimming pool or on a patio space that’s exposed to the elements around the clock.
A mixture of about 1-part white vinegar to 5-parts to 10-parts water can go a long way toward getting rid of mold and algae before it becomes a serious problem. Applying this mixture with a garden sprayer is also a simple solution that you can handle in a matter of minutes a few times each spring and summer.
If you find that vinegar isn’t strong enough you can move to a solution of water and bleach. However, you’ll need to make sure that your patio pavers won’t be damaged by bleach before you begin. Most natural materials won’t be, but testing a small, hard-to-spot portion of your patio before covering large quantities of stone is recommended.
Re-sand, Re-seal and Enjoy!
Once your pavers are clean you may find that they still don’t look the way they did when they were new. This isn’t uncommon for pavers that have been in place for years soaking up the sun and dealing with difficult weather like rain and snow.
Now is an ideal time to re-sand and re-seal pavers if you’re going for a more modern, refined look. You may also choose to seal pavers that were previously unprotected. Check out our guide on the pros and cons of sealing pavers to learn more.
Cleaning patio pavers around your home can bring them back to life and make them look brand new again. Learning how to prevent mold and algae buildup will also ensure that wet areas like the pavers around your pool can look their best year-round.
Ready to upgrade your patio pavers or create a brand new space where you can spend time with friends and family? Our trained representatives can advise you on the right materials for covered spaces, pools and whole backyard installations. We can also help you learn more about the process of cleaning, caring for and repairing parts of your patio if your space just needs a little extra care.
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