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Pavers are a beautiful addition to any home, but, unfortunately, in high traffic areas, they can become dirty and dingy. To avoid hours of scrubbing your pavers to get them back to new it is best to stain and seal them when you install them. But if you have chosen to leave them natural there are a few methods available to clean them based on what made them dirty.
First you need to determine what is soiling your pavers. You will handle food and beverage stains differently than oil based stains or dirt. If dirt is the culprit, cleaning is simple. Sweep the excess dirt off the pavers and blast them with the garden hose or a power washer to get them like new.
Food, beverage, and grease stains require immediate action but can be managed. First, you will need to blot any liquids or grease (don’t rub as it will spread the stain) or remove any leftover food from the paver. Pour full strength dish liquid on the spot and let it sit for a minimum of 30 minutes. Then you will rinse the area with hot water. If the stain remains you may need to use a commercial product meant for removing stains from concrete. These can be found at your local home improvement stores.
A new oil stain can be managed by sprinkling kitty litter over the area to absorb any oil above the surface of the pavers. Let the kitty litter sit for a few days to absorb the oil and remove the stain. If the oil has penetrated the pavers you will have more difficulty removing the stain. Again, you can try using a commercial product intended for removing stains from concrete. Follow the directions carefully for best results.
Based on the specific area you live in you may also have hard water which can leave mineral deposits on your pavers making them look less than appealing. To remove hard water buildup from your pavers you can use a commercial product or spray on solution that contains equal parts of white vinegar and water. You may need to scrub a bit, but this is a more environmentally conscious option for removing hard water buildup. As the buildup comes off, rinse, and repeat as needed.
With a little work your pavers will be ready for summer in no time.
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