Stone pavers are a type of building material that can be used to create walkways and driveways in your yard. However, like all exterior building materials, paving stones are subjected to a great deal of wear and tear due to extended weather exposure, which can cause them to break down over time. Thankfully, there are a few basic maintenance tasks that you can perform to help maintain the appearance of your stone pavers so they'll stay looking good as new for as long as possible.
Make sure to remove any plants that may begin to grow between the pavers, taking care to remove all the roots as well. If left unchecked, these plants can cause the ground underneath the pavers to buckle and swell, ruining the flat surface of your pavers and causing cracks to develop. Certain materials, like sand or grout, can be purchased at most hardware stores and used to fill in the gaps between pavers to make it harder for plants to take root and grow.
Removing organic debris from the surface of your pavers is essential to ensuring that stains and discoloration do not occur. You should do this periodically, but especially after rainy or damp weather, as moisture can speed up the decomposition process and make it more likely for debris to leave their mark on your pavers. A broom, rake, or hose are usually more than enough to remove any debris, but power washers will work for stubborn stuck on materials.
If stains do manage to set themselves into the surface of your pavers, you can use a mixture of common cleaning detergent mixed with warm water to scrub away the stain. Try to use a firm bristled brush, but avoid steel wool and other materials which could potentially scratch or otherwise damage the surface of your pavers. Scrub the affected area thoroughly until the stain has disappeared.
Pavers, just like asphalt and other hard surfaces that are constantly exposed to the elements, must be sealed to ensure that their color will not fade and their surface will not become damaged. Specialized paver sealant can be purchased from most hardware stores, but it is recommended that you have a professional actually seal your pavers to ensure that the process is done correctly, as improperly laid sealant can lead to uneven wear, which can ruin the beautiful aesthetic which your pavers create. Contact a business, such as the Trinity Masonry & Concrete, for more information.