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Cleaning Your Brick Paver Driveway

Cleaning Your Brick Paver Driveway
Everyone loves the classic and attractive look of a brick paver driveway. Brick paver driveways are popular among many homeowners in Brevard County Florida because they are easy to maintain and they look amazing. In order to keep your brick paver driveway looking sharp you will need to stay on top of maintenance. Here are a few things to consider when cleaning your brick paver driveway.

Why Do Pavers Get So Dirty?

Brick pavers require regular maintenance to prevent them from looking worn and dirty and to keep them from becoming loose or uneven. Sweep frequently to maintain their appearance effectively. However, pavers can also become soiled from various sources, such as potted plants, muddy shoes, windblown dirt, food spills, and standing water, which may require more cleaning effort.

Why Clean Brick Paver Surfaces?

Brick pavers have porous surfaces. Even when you seal them, pavers will eventually start to hold dirt and grime. The Florida air is always humid, especially in the summer, allowing mold and algae to grow on pavers.

If you don’t remove the build-up, you will do more than damage your curb appeal. The grime, mold, dirt, and algae will break down the pavers, and you will eventually need to replace them. Cleaning brick pavers isn’t as simple as renting a pressure washer and removing the dirt build-up. In fact, doing so could cause more damage to your driveway, especially when trying to remove stubborn stains.

Before cleaning your driveway or patio pavers, look at the entire surface and the joints. Sealing your pavers will help protect them from stains and weed growth. If you seal your pavers, it’s best to have a professional clean and seal them together.

Simple Paver Cleaning Methods

While it’s tempting to purchase cleaning solutions branded for outdoor pavers, some clean water and elbow grease will do the trick in most cases.

Soap and Water

First, you may want to try using dish soap to clean your pavers. Combine mild dish soap and warm water in a bowl. Then, start lightly scrubbing the dirty spots with a stiff-bristled brush.

White Vinegar and Water

Another natural cleaning option for touch-ups is using clean water and white vinegar solution on your paver stones. Let the vinegar mixture sit on the pavers for about an hour before using soap and water to scrub any stains.

Use a Broom

Sweep your patio pavers at least once a week for ongoing maintenance. If you think it will rain, grab the broom and do a quick sweep because dead leaves and plant pot run-off can stain your concrete pavers when wet.

How to Clean Brick Paver Surfaces

Similarly to how professional non-pressure roof cleaning equipment is safer and more effective at cleaning and preserving the integrity of your roof shingles, when you hire a professional paver cleaner you will ensure your driveway pavers will be cleaned the right way the first time.

After the driveway surface dries, the joints may need repacking. Once sealed the driveway may be protected for up to 3-5 years depending on the sealer and application. If left unsealed, the life of the driveway will be shorter-lived. Having your brick paver driveway sealed helps solidify the sand and prevent weeds and moss from appearing in the joints.

Brick Paver Driveway Maintenance

The best way to avoid damaged surfaces is by scheduling maintenance for your brick pavers. Have your driveway professionally pressure washed annually.

If you do find a damaged paver don’t panic. Brick paver driveways are relatively easy to repair because they are blocks that fit together like puzzle pieces and allow the driveway to accommodate shifting and maintain structural integrity.

Contact Pressure Washing by Mike Schwab in Melbourne, FL for all your pressure washing and paver sealing needs. If you would like more information about cleaning and sealing your brick paver driveway in Brevard County, FL, contact Mike Schwab Pressure Washing. We offer free estimates.
This article was originally published in September 2020, but has been updated for accuracy and freshness.