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 acidsWhen 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.