Block Paving Maintenance and Cleaning Guide

Updated: Mar 25

Check out how to Maintain and Clean Block Paved Surfaces



Block paving is an effective way to provide a durable, attractive surface for your outdoor spaces. It is one of the most popular methods for creating patios, walkways, and driveways. Over time of exposure to natural weathering and trafficking, it accumulates dirt and grime, making it look dirty and uninviting. One of the essential tasks homeowners need to perform is cleaning off that dirt and debris from their trails to keep them looking their best. It can be challenging to maintain Block Paved Driveways, Paths and Patios when people aren't sure how. The following are a few tips to keep your block paved surface clean, safe, and looking good.


General Block Paving Maintenance


To get started, move any vehicles, garden furniture and any other objects away from your block paved surface. Sweep the area or use a leaf blower. Now you are ready to conduct the most straightforward and safest Block Paving Maintenance, scrubbing it with warm soapy water. Cleaning the surface using any soap, washing­up liquid, or a non­acid based floor cleaner helps remove dirt, grime, and grease that accumulates over time and seeps into the surface.


Use soap and water in a bucket or other container with a stiff­bristled brush. Scrub the pavement by pushing the brush back and forth in one direction. Combining mechanical action with soapy water will effectively loosen any surface debris. Rinse well with clear water before moving on to another section.


Performing this general Block Paving Maintenance at the start of Spring and periodically when needed helps prolong the life of your block paving. Once the cleaning is finished, please do not forget to inspect the integrity of the block paving joints. If you discover any damages, please make sure you re­point or re­sand the affected ones as needed.


Block Paving Maintenance ­- dealing with weeds


Moss can appear if the area is shady or if it gets too moist. Algae will form in shady spots with insufficient air circulation to dry up the moisture underneath them. As there is no such thing as a weed­free surface, no matter where your block paving is located on your property, invasive weeds will inevitably start to grow up after some time.


You might think that your driveway is constructed correctly with a weed membrane underneath. Yes, it sure it is, but unfortunately, weeds tend to grow into paving by

colonising the joints filled with sand. The good news is that weeds do not manage to grow any deeper than 20cm of a pavement structure, and when regularly pulled out, they won't stop your paving from looking and performing at its best. Inspect periodically for weeds, moss, lichen, and algae growth, and keep it weed, moss and algae free.


Block Paving Maintenance ­Pressure Washing


Sparkling, clean block paving can be a pleasure for neighbours passersby and a reassurance to owners of nearby businesses. If you do not want to spend your free time on your hands and knees scrubbing with soapy water, fortunately, there's an easy way to clean pavement that saves your back and time ­ you can clean your block paving with a pressure washer.



The process of high-­pressure washing, also known as jet washing, relies on an intense jet of water that blasts away dirt, moss, lichen from block paved surfaces. Please note that while pressure washing is an excellent and convenient way of keeping block paving in a top condition, it can seriously damage block paved surfaces if done incorrectly or too frequently. There's a fine balance between effective pressure washing and harming. Getting a thoroughly trained and experienced expert block paving cleaner is always a good idea to avoid any potentially costly repairs.


 

Conclusion


Block Paving Maintenance does not require an enormous effort and complicated procedures, whether it is keeping a new driveway, patio or path looking pristine or giving an existing surface a new life.


Do you still have a question on how to carry out Block Paving Maintenance? Why not contact Yew Tree Landscapes­ your local landscaping company serving Hampshire and Surrey, and bring in an experienced professional to carry out Block Paving Maintenance? We are always on­hand to arrange a free quote.

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