Essential Tips on How to Maintain your Block Paving
Block Paving Maintenance
All types of paving, no matter how well they were installed or the quality of materials they are made of, require basic maintenance to keep them at their best condition. Proper and regular maintenance will prevent your paving from deteriorating and help make their pristine look last longer. Here are some basic tips on how you can maintain your block paving.
Get Rid Of and Keep Weeds, Algae, Mosses and Lichens at Bay
As time goes by, you will start to notice some greenish colour, blackish stains or spots starting to form on the surface of your paving. This is caused by weeds, mosses, lichens or algae growing on your block paving. This is expected to happen, as part of the natural process in your paving being exposed in the environment. To clear them off the surface, you can use non-bio detergents, a stiff brush and a washing liquid. You will need to clean the area more often to keep weeds and algae from coming back. For mosses, lichens and weeds, you will need a quality moss and weed killer or fungicide to completely get rid of them.
Clean the Build Up of Dirt
The simplest way to get rid of accumulated dirt is to scrub it with soapy water. You may use an acid-free cleaning product or a wash-up liquid. As much as possible avoid using acid-based cleaners as they can cause harsh effects on concrete and certain types of paving materials. Apart from the soapy water, the next most important cleaning material is the stiff brush. Your stiff brush must have thick bristles with rough and tough handle and base. The overall cleaning process is simply done by swilling the soapy water on the floor then brush as much as you can until everything is squeaky clean. Then wash it off with pressured water using a hose.
Adding sealants on your paving gives the protection it needs from dirt, stains and cracks and breaks. There are many types of sealants with varying uses. Some sealants are used mainly to add colour, add shine and other decorative elements on your paving. Some are applied to provide added stability on the joints, surface or composition of the paving blocks and essentially extend the lifespan of your pavement. Sealants are very useful addition to your pavements, but you have to keep in mind that some sealants are not suitable for certain types of paving. So be sure that you are fully aware of the composition of your sealant before applying.