Pavers are a great addition to any outdoor space, but there is one problem: they get dirty. If you don’t have a pressure washer, you may think that your only option is to hire a professional cleaner or buy expensive products that claim they’ll make the job easier.
However, there’s another way! We’re going to show you how to clean pavers without having access to a pressure washer and still get the results you want.
|Regular cleaning is important for maintaining the appearance and durability of pavers.|
|Different types of pavers require different cleaning methods and products, so it’s important to consult with a professional or manufacturer.|
|Pressure washing can be an effective way to clean pavers, but it should be used with caution to avoid damage.|
|Preventing weed growth between pavers requires regular maintenance and preventative measures such as weed barriers.|
|Additional resources are available for those seeking further guidance on cleaning and maintaining pavers.|
1. Spray And Scrub
You can also pressure wash your pavers with a power washer, but be careful—you don’t want to damage them or the surface below them. We recommend using a scrub brush or sponge on top of the pavers to protect the surface underneath from being scratched or damaged.
To clean pavers without damaging them, you will need:
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- A power washer (or pressure washer)
- A sponge or scrubber (for use with a larger area)
2. Chemical Cleaner
If you don’t have access to a pressure washer, you can use a chemical cleaner. Mix one part bleach and three parts water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto your pavers, working it into small areas with a brush or scrubber brush.
Let it sit for several minutes to break down grease and grime before wiping clean with rags or paper towels. If needed, repeat this process until all of the dirt is removed (or has been worn away).
3. Baking Soda And Vinegar
Mix baking soda into a paste with white vinegar. Spray the mixture onto your pavers, wait for it to sit for a few minutes, and then wash off with water. Repeat this process until you’re satisfied with the results—you can also add more baking soda if necessary.
A pressure cleaner is not necessary for this method of cleaning pavers but can be helpful if you want to clean them faster. If you don’t have access to one, we recommend using this combination of ingredients instead!
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4. Murphy’s Oil Soap
This is a great product to have around the house. It can be used for many purposes, such as cleaning your grill or rusting screws, but it also does a great job of cleaning pavers!
Mix 1 part Murphy’s Oil Soap with 10 parts water in a spray bottle and spray down your pavers. Let it sit for about 15 minutes before scrubbing with a stiff brush, then rinse thoroughly with water to remove any residue from the soap.
5. Dish Detergent & Baking Soda
You can also use dish detergent and baking soda to clean your pavers. Just mix the two and apply with a scrub brush or sponge to the stains. Let it sit for a few hours, then rinse with water.
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6. Tri-Sodium Phosphate (Tsp)
If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to clean your pavers, you may want to try tri-sodium phosphate (TSP). TSP is a powder that has a variety of uses, including cleaning and maintaining concrete surfaces. You can find it in the paint section at most hardware stores or online.
Here are some tips on how to use TSP on pavers:
Sprinkle the powder onto your paver surface and scrub with a brush; then rinse away with water. This will remove dirt from the pores of the concrete, leaving it sparkling clean!
Keep in mind that if you don’t rinse off all of the powder after using this method, it will leave behind an unsightly white film which will eventually fade as weather conditions change over time so be sure not miss any spots when applying this product!
7. Moss, Algae Or Mold Remover
Remove moss, algae and mold from pavers by applying a solution of 1 cup of bleach to 1 gallon of water. You can use a sponge or scrub brush to apply the solution evenly over the affected area. Rinse with clean water using a pressure washer or garden hose. Repeat if necessary until all visible signs are removed.
Mold: Mix 1 tablespoon of Borax in 2 gallons of warm water; add ½ cup of dish washing liquid and mix well. Apply solution with a sponge mop or brush; allow to stand for 10 minutes then rinse off with hose or power washer at full force (nozzle set on “stream”).
If needed repeat application until mold is completely gone. For stubborn stains continue treatment until all discoloration is gone – usually only takes one application! Be sure not to overuse this product as it may damage some stone surfaces such as limestone and sandstone due to its alkaline nature (acidic).
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8. Commercial Concrete Cleaner
Commercial concrete cleaner is the strongest chemical you can use on your pavers. This is a spray and scrub method, so wear protective eye gear, gloves and long sleeves to avoid getting this stuff in your eyes or on your skin. It’s also best to use this product during cooler months because it’s easier to clean when the surface isn’t hot.
Use commercial concrete cleaner as directed by its manufacturer (usually diluted with water), then spray onto pavers and let sit for 30 minutes to an hour before scrubbing with a brush or broom (if necessary).
This will not only clean but also degrease stains like oil, grease or grime that may build up over time. Commercial concrete cleaners work well on pavers, sidewalks and driveways–and any other hard surface!
9. Gel Cleaner
If you’d like to avoid the chemicals or harsh fumes produced by your traditional paver cleaner, a gel cleaner may be an ideal choice. Gel cleaners are non-toxic, biodegradable and safe for people and pets.
They’re easier to use than other types of cleaners because they require no mixing or dilution prior to application. Gel cleaners can also be applied with a brush or sprayer as needed; however, they usually won’t remove as much dirt from pavers as traditional cleaners do.
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10. Hot Water Pressure Washer
If you have a pressure washer, this is the best option. Pressure washers are designed to clean different surfaces, but pavers are no exception.
You’ll need a model that has a spray nozzle with an adjustable angle. This will let you direct your stream of water into corners and areas that aren’t easily accessible by hand sweeping or scrubbing.
Pressure washers can be either gas-powered or electric models; both work equally well at cleaning pavers as long as they’re in good condition (no cracks). If your pressure washer isn’t working properly, there might be an issue with the pump or hoses—or maybe it’s just time for new ones!
If none of these solutions help, contact customer service for assistance from an expert technician who can help figure out what went wrong with your machine so that it runs smoothly again soon.”
11. Pick Ax Or Breaker Chisel
If you do not have a pressure washer, then you can still use a chisel to break up dirt and grime.
Using the chisel, gently knock it into the pavers and gently push it side-to-side until they are clean. Do this two or three times per paver until all of the dirt has been removed.
If you do not have access to a chisel tool, then you can also use a pick ax or breaker chisel. The advantage of using these tools is that they will allow you to remove even more dirt than just using your hands alone would allow for!
12. Diamond Core Drilling System With A Turbo Blade
You can use a diamond core drilling system with a turbo blade to clean pavers.
To do so, you’ll need:
- A pressure washer (we recommend the Simpson Pressure Washer)
- A diamond core drill (we recommend the GreenWorks Diamond Core Drill)
- A turbo blade (this is an optional accessory for your diamond core drill that will make it easier for you to clean away debris)
The best way to clean pavers is to do it yourself. It’s not that hard, and you can save a ton of money by doing it yourself rather than hiring someone else to do it for you.
Remember that with any cleaning method, always test first in an inconspicuous area before applying the entire surface of your pavers.
Here are some additional resources you may find helpful for cleaning and maintaining your outdoor pavers:
How to Clean a Patio: Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Outdoor Space: This article provides detailed instructions and tips for cleaning different types of patios, including those made from pavers.
How to Clean Pavers for a Beautiful Outdoor Space: This article offers expert advice on cleaning and maintaining pavers to keep them looking their best.
Cleaning Pavers: Tips and Tricks from Kärcher: This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about cleaning pavers, including different cleaning methods and products to use.
What is the best way to clean pavers?
There are several effective ways to clean pavers, including using a pressure washer, using a solution of water and household cleaner, or using a mixture of vinegar and water. The best method will depend on the type of pavers you have and the level of cleaning needed.
Can I use bleach to clean my pavers?
While bleach can be effective at removing stains from pavers, it is not always recommended as it can damage the pavers and surrounding vegetation. It is best to consult with a professional or the manufacturer before using bleach on your pavers.
How often should I clean my pavers?
The frequency of cleaning will depend on factors such as the location and amount of foot traffic. As a general rule, it is recommended to clean pavers at least once a year to maintain their appearance and prevent the buildup of dirt and debris.
Can I use a pressure washer to clean my pavers?
Yes, a pressure washer can be an effective way to clean pavers, but it should be used with caution to avoid damage to the pavers or surrounding areas. It is recommended to start with a lower pressure setting and test on a small area before cleaning the entire surface.
How can I prevent weeds from growing between my pavers?
Preventing weeds from growing between pavers can be achieved by regularly removing any weeds that do sprout, using a weed killer, or installing a weed barrier before laying the pavers. It is also important to keep the area around the pavers clear of debris to prevent weed growth.
I am Hellen James, a landscape architect. For many years I have written about landscaping for various publications; however, recently decided to focus my writing on personal experience as a profession.