When consulting clients on project ideas, we are often asked about how to care for concrete paver patios. Concrete paver patios are relatively easy to maintain. With just a few easy steps, your paver patio can stay just as beautiful as the day it was installed! Concrete pavers are actually more dense than regularly poured concrete, making them easier to clean- if done right away!
We recommend you regularly hose off and sweep your patio for upkeep. Never use a pressure washer though. It can damage the joint sand, and loosen the pavers.
If your pavers need a bit more cleaning than sweeping or regular water can provide, try using dishwashing soap and a stiff bristle brush. This can help loosen dust, dirt, bird droppings, etc.
If you have an oil spill on your pavers, try to soak it up with kitty litter. If you have a paint spill, try using a paint thinner. Time is of the essence here, and stains should be treated immediately. Simply wash off the kitty litter or paint thinner after they have had time to work.
If your pavers seem a bit faded and you would like to restore or deepen their color, try using a sealer, tint or stain.
Sealing your pavers is always an option. Sealing them not only makes them easier to clean, but also helps protect them. With sealant, stains remain on the sealant, and are prevented from penetrating the concrete. Sealant should only be applied to clean pavers, and lasts about 3 years. Once sealed, pavers can simply be cleaned with a hose.
Techniseal offers a wide variety of hardscape products including stain removers, primers, cleaners, and protectors. They have products designed to remove everything from rust to rubber. They also market products that can change the look of your pavers, providing them with a color boost or a semi-gloss wet look.
If one of your pavers happens to get chipped or cracked, replacing it is usually no problem. Simply use a flat-headed screw driver to pry out the damaged paver and replace it with a new one. It is always a good idea to order some extra pavers to have on hand, just like you would tile for your house.
Sometimes, landscapers cut corners when laying concrete paver patios, and their workmanship does not stand the test of time. It is best to always use a licensed contractor, one that can guarantee their work. If the pavers have been laid poorly, they can shift, become uneven, and create an eye sore. Pavers should be laid on a tightly compacted surface of ABC and sand, and should be simply held in place by the locking of the sand. It is not recommended to use any type of mortar or grout. The pavers need to be somewhat flexible and able to expand and contract, as needed, with changes in the temperature, etc. Often times, if paver patios are laid incorrectly, it is difficult to fix them, and they might have to just be relaid.
With a little TLC and proper planning, you will be able to protect your investment and enjoy your concrete paver patio worry free for years to come!