Protecting Pavers from Debris

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Belgard pavers are designed to last the life of your home. However, like any decorative exterior surface, they are subject to the effects of use, weather and time if not properly maintained. It’s that time of year when patios, walkways and driveways are constantly filled with falling leaves and pine needles — all of which can stain pavers that are not properly sealed.

Even if your pavers were sealed when originally installed, sealant will wear over time. To keep them looking beautiful, it is important to reseal pavers every three to five years. If pavers no longer repel water, or begin to look dull or stained, it’s probably time to clean and reseal them. There are likely a number of contractors in your area who offer this service. To search for a local contractor click here.

For those interested in cleaning and sealing their own pavers, it’s a three-step process.

Step 1: Stain Removal. Remove any stains from the surface using a specialized cleaning product for the particular stain. For example rust, paint, red wine, and grease will each have different chemical properties. Best results will be achieved when using a specialized cleaner for the particular stain. Techniseal offers a high-quality line of concrete paver stain removal products and can be found at various dealers, including Ace Hardware stores.

Step 2: General Surface Cleaning. Once stains have been removed, prep the entire surface to be sealed by removing all efflorescence and ground-in dirt with a paver cleaner. Spray cleaner onto pavers, scrub with a push broom, then rinse with a hose. Allow at least 24 hours for pavers to fully dry.

Step 3: Sealing. Choose between a matte finish, semi-gloss or wet-look sealant, depending on your preference. Before you begin, make sure that sprinklers are turned off, pavers are completely dry, and rain is not forecast for the next 24 hours. Be sure to read the entire product directions and test a small area first. Also note that it is not advised to seal pavers when sustained temperatures are below 50°F (10°C). If all conditions are favorable, apply the product in small sections at a time. For best results, spray on sealant with a sprayer, then use a roller to evenly coat and remove excess. Most sealants will need a second coat. Drying time will vary.

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12 Replies to “Protecting Pavers from Debris”

  1. You wrote in this blog that you should choose paving sealing because it will actually remove any stains that may be on your concrete pavers. My brother’s driveway is made of pavers and he’s been a bit annoyed lately because it has become discolored and doesn’t look like it did just a few years ago. I’ll advise he find a quality service that could quickly come out and remove those stains, so that he can enjoy basically a brand new set of concrete to look at and drive on.

    1. Just applying a sealer won’t remove existing stains. Pavers should be clean of debris and stains prior to sealing. This can be done as a DIY project, but can be a tedious process. Often, the better option is to find a reliable contractor who specializes in paver cleaning and sealing.

    1. You want to make sure that the pavers are completely dry before you apply the sealer. You also want to avoid sealing in extreme temperatures. Ideal conditions would be 60-80 degrees F, with no rain for 24 hours before or after applying sealer.

  2. We have a brand new Belgard patio, and I was told that I should wait an entire season before sealing our pavers, to make sure they acclimatize properly. Therefore, we have a whole season with leaves and seeds falling that causes stains. Will these stains be removed through traditional cleaners, prior to us sealing next year?

    1. According to the folks at Techniseal, waiting more than 30 days to seal pavers can do more harm than good. If your pavers have gotten stained from not being sealed, they offer a full line of products that can help remove the stains, with different cleaners for different types of stains (organic, tar/paint, oil/grease, rust, efflorescence). For more information, visit http://www.Techniseal.com.

  3. Same question as J. We just had 2000sqft of pavers installed late last month. We want to protect our investment, however, is there a breath out time for efflorescences to weather away? I too was suggested to wait one year before sealing. I live in Central Florida. My pavers our around my pool deck(saltwater pool). Not worried about leaves staining. Our yard deck is clear of trees. Just all day sun.

    1. I am checking with the paver cleaning and sealant experts at Techniseal regarding any special conditions for your climate and will respond with their answers shortly.

        1. According to the folks at Techniseal, waiting about 30 days after an installation to seal pavers can be a good idea, but more than that is too conservative, and the detriments outweigh the benefits. If efflorescence is a problem, Techniseal Paver Prep cleaner will help dislodge efflorescence and prepare pavers for sealing.

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