Natural stones can last for the lifetime of your home when properly maintained. Regular cleaning and weeding will keep your hardscape looking good, but to ensure that it stays looking exceptional, a few more tasks that must be completed yearly. To protect your investment, you should conduct annual inspections, remove stains, replace joint sand as needed, and apply sealers for natural pavers.
Walkways and hardscape patios will accrue stains over time. The best way to remove these stains is to act quickly, but we all know that there isn’t always enough time in life to scrub the grease drippings from under the barbeque. Fortunately, stain removal is pretty easy, especially if the stone has been properly sealed. Sweep the entire surface to remove loose debris, rinse off the stone with your garden hose or use your pressure washer on its lowest setting, and then identify the stained areas. Use a mild household cleaner and a plastic scrub brush to penetrate and dislodge most grease stains. To remove stains caused by algae, moss, and mildew, use a mild bleach solution and rinse thoroughly to avoid discoloration.
All-natural pavers will benefit from sealing. Many pavers sold already have a clear sealant that protects the surface from weathering and damage. Over time, this sealant will wear away and needs to be refinished. When restoring the protective coat, you should research or seek the advice of our professionals regarding the types of sealers for natural pavers that we recommend. There is a wide variety of penetrating sealers, waxes, and acrylic polymers, with each type having a specific benefit.
Pavers are commonly locked into place using joint or polymeric sand. Over time, the sand between the pavers may wash out or weather away. This can cause the pavers to dislodge, move around, or become trip hazards. To avoid this, replace the joint sand when needed. Polymeric sand is becoming a popular choice because it does not wash out, locks the pavers together, and makes a hostile environment for weeds. Once again, there are choices to make depending on the type of sand used, and our installation professionals can guide you in the decision.
The beauty of natural pavers is that they genuinely require little upkeep compared to manufactured stone and will last for decades. A quick annual inspection will help keep your pavers looking fresh and maintain the value of your investment. Remember that if you have questions about what chemicals are safe to use on your stone, ask our professionals.