Keeping block pavement in top shape requires upkeep and knowledge. There are numerous methods for cleaning block paving, however the ideal one depends on the type of stain or buildup you have. Read on to learn everything you need to know about cleaning your block-paved driveway.


Maintainance

Maintenance and prevention are superior to cure, so covering up your joints with sand after your asphalt is laid is essential. If you don't do this, you risk flushing out the jointing sand (especially if your pavement is sloped) and causing damage to the foundations. General block paving upkeep includes regular cleaning with a medium-stiff broom, outdoor brick cleaner, and weed killer. This will ensure the life of your driveway or patio.

Here are our favourite tips for keeping your block paving clean: 
Purchase a medium stiff-bristled broom and specialist paving detergent.
Invest in a strong weed killer or deterrent and apply it to the joints between your paving slabs.
If you wish to use a power washer, do not use the highest setting. Angle it at 30 degrees and use the lowest force possible.
Wash your block paving thoroughly to remove any cleaning agent residue that could cause discolouration.
Re-sand or repoint any pavement joints as needed.
Seal your block pavement to increase durability, particularly in high-traffic areas. (checkatrade.com)


Preparation

Remove any debris from the area

Begin by cleaning away any loose waste in the area. This simplifies the cleaning procedure and keeps dirt from spreading and causing a mess.

Remove weeds

Carefully remove weeds from between the paving blocks. Pull them out by hand, eliminating the entire weed, including its roots. Apply weed killer and a preventative treatment at this point to avoid future weed growth, which can displace pavers due to sand displacement.

Check for loose bricks

Before cleaning, check for loose blocks or uneven areas that may need care, this helps you to handle any difficulties.


Methods

Pressure wash

A pressure washer, which cleans surfaces with high-pressure water spray, is one of the most commonly used instruments for cleaning block pavement. They provide a quick solution for cleaning dirt.
Place a pressure washer at a 45-degree angle. This helps to reduce the force exerted on the sand. Remember that when you do this, some of the top sand may come off, generally a few inches.
However, it is vital to remember that misusing a pressure washer, such as turning up the pressure too high, can damage the paving blocks. This procedure needs some hard labour, therefore some homeowners prefer to employ a professional who understands how to use a pressure washer correctly to rejuvenate their pavers.
However, if you want to do it yourself, check out our quick and detailed video on how to pressure-wash block paving.


Product in the video: Pressure Washer - Heavy Duty (240v)

Alternatively, you can also look at our blog on how to pressure wash a block paving driveway.

If you're looking for a pressure washer, browse our range of pressure washers for hire


A simple clean

If you don't have a pressure washer, do not worry. Just start by cleaning the area of litter or weeds; you only need a brush, water, and soap to complete the job. Gently brush the water across the block paving while sweeping the surface. This simple procedure may immediately refresh a paved area and make it easy to maintain. Make certain to clean the surface afterwards.

Steam clean
Another popular method is steam cleaning, which is an excellent way to remove debris from block paving and get deep into the crevices for a thorough clean.
Steam cleaning takes longer than other procedures, but it effectively removes persistent stains created by oil or tyre marks. Steam cleaning devices are often large and difficult to transport, therefore most people hire professional steam cleaners but you can also hire a steam cleaner from Frank Key Tool Hire where we transport it to you. We are experienced in equipment hire/handling and are accustomed to coping with minor difficulties.

Block paving cleaner
Block paving cleaners are designed specifically to remove dirt, moss, mildew, and algae from block paving surfaces. However, if your location contains a lot of dirt and debris, this cleaner may produce a different outcome. Thus, preparing and cleaning your paving before using block paving cleaner is important.
Different block paving cleaners contain various chemicals, thus prioritising safety while cleaning is critical. Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations and wear protective clothes as directed. If you're unsure, consult with an expert in the field.

How To Remove Oil Stains From Block Paving
Oil stains can be difficult to remove. Steam cleaning is one method for removing stains. However, there are several additional options you can consider. Consider using a grease-fighting pavement cleaner and a stiff bristle brush. This method will involve some strong scrubbing, and you may need to repeat it several times, but it should make the oil stain fade away.


With the right tools and techniques, repairing your decking is easier than you might imagine. By following the methods described in this guide, you can transform the look of gardens, patios, and driveways. So don't wait any longer – get started today and reclaim your outdoor space!