Advice for cleaning your block paving driveway
One of the most popular driveway surface options available is block paving, as it’s a durable surface material that provides a cost-effective way to really enhance the look of your home. If you’re wondering how to go about looking after and cleaning your block paving in the best way, we’ve got some advice right here for you.

The basics of cleaning block paving

  • Use a quality broom and a strong detergent to clean the block paving
  • It’s a good idea to use weed preventative, simply apply it between the joints of the paving to keep your driveway looking its best.
  • If you decide to use a power washer, make sure you angle it at thirty degrees and spray diagonally on a medium pressure.
  • Ensure you always rinse away any cleaning products you’ve used on the paving. And consider re-sanding or re-pointing any joints if needed.

What about stains and spillages?

Different stains and spillages can unfortunately occur on your driveway surface, and they require different treatments. When treating a spillage or stain, it’s important that you carry the application of the treatment out on a small section of the affected area to begin with. And of course ensure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Focus on establishing the source of any staining that you notice. For example, the rust on iron gutters, and take steps to repair it sooner rather than later. Taking action early will help you to avoid further staining and possible damage to your paving. 

Treating the paving with chemicals and acids

When it comes to treating your block paving with chemicals or acids, it’s important that you:
  • Wear protective clothing.
  • Make sure you have sufficient ventilation when using any chemicals.
  • Use extra care to avoid damaging or staining adjoining material.
  • Remember to always add acid to water and not the other way around when diluting any acids.
  • Safely dispose of any clothing that has been stained with chemicals. 
  • Always keep the operating area as safe as possible, ensuring there are no hazards for those working in the surrounding area.
  • Dispose of any excess run off material.

Block paving maintenance

A general clean can work wonders for maintaining your block paving. As mentioned, simply use a good quality broom and a good detergent followed by the application of a proprietary weed preventative. As this helps to restrict the ingress of weeds between joints, which can affect the paving’s long-term durability. Also, make sure that you thoroughly rinse the surface after using any cleaning products, and channel the run-off to suitable drainage points. When cleaning, inspect the integrity of all the paving joints, and re-sand or re-point any damaged joints if necessary. We’ll be more than happy to offer you our advice and/or ideas and work with you to plan and design the perfect surface for your driveway. Our friendly experts can visit your property and provide you with a free quotation - feel free to contact us with your requirements on 01952 840 838 or [email protected]
Published: December 2020

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