How to keep your pavers looking new throughout the seasons
A little love goes a long way. The care of high-quality concrete products is like the care of any product left exposed to the elements 365 days and nights per year. Just the way you get your home and yards ready for winter and summer, the same applies to your paving stones. They too require cleaning and maintenance.
Here are some tips on how to care for and maintain your investment so that you can fully enjoy the benefits of Techo-Bloc concrete products for years to come.
Just like concrete and asphalt pavements, Techo-Bloc pavers can be plowed and shoveled. In fact, the edges and joints around the pavers assist in melting snow and ice. When using a contractor for snow removal, it is recommended to verify that their equipment uses Teflon blades to avoid scratching the pavers. Using de-icing salt (sodium chloride or calcium chloride) to remove snow and ice will not harm Techo-Bloc paving stones. Stonedge Collection products can also be plowed but, the use of de-icing salt is not recommended.
Sealing pavers, slabs and walls can help improve the beauty and longevity of your products much like waxing a car. However, sealing pavers is really for aesthetic purposes as the quality of the products is not compromised if you do not seal them.
Not a DIYer? Contact a local professional. There are many companies that specialize in the maintenance of concrete pavements and segmental retaining walls that can be referred by your local distributor.
This residue is often referred to as efflorescence and is both normal and common in all concrete and clay brick products. Occasionally, the mineral salts from the cement and aggregates that are embedded in the product are dislodged by absorbed water and transported to the surface; it is not a product defect nor is it harmful to Techo-Bloc pavers. Typically, efflorescence will stop developing in approximately 90 days but could take 18 to 24 months after the manufacturing process. Concrete product manufacturers are unable to warrant against the presence of efflorescence. For more information, please click here. Recommended efflorescence cleaners: FlexLock or Alliance Gator
Avoid wire brushes and strong acids (sulfuric and muriatic).
When necessary, as determined by visual observation. When the leaves begin to fall, sweep them off your pavers to avoid organic stains. When you see dirt on your patio, take a few minutes to hose it off and keep it clean.
Generally, you can use professional products or properly diluted household products. Depending on the stain, solutions may vary. See our Care and Maintenance guide for specifics.
If a pressure washer is used make sure it is a low-pressure unit (1700-2000 psi) and use a #40 Tip spraying at least 1’ away from the surface at a shallow angle.
The joints between paving stones are the most vulnerable areas, especially after a new installation. Damp, shaded areas are naturally prone to moss growth. Should you come to have moss in your joints, try using 5 parts water to 1-part chlorine bleach to remove the moss. Apply the mixture with a watering can or siphon sprayer, lightly scrub with a nylon brush and rinse well.
We recommend that you sweep away dead leaves regularly in the fall. Concrete is a porous material that can potentially absorb pigments from leaves, petals and buds from trees/shrubs. Leaf stains can be tougher to remove if they stay on the pavers beneath the snow through the winter. Depending on the type of product you have, our remedies vary. See our Customer Care Package on how to remove organic stains.
Food or beverages (like wine) spilled on the pavement should be removed quickly and the area should be rinsed with warm water right away. Liquid dish soap or laundry detergent will remove most food and beverage stains on pavers. Light oil and grease stains can generally be removed with an application of dish detergent or degreaser safe for pigmented concrete.
Rust stains from steel, fertilizer or high iron content water can be removed using professional products such as Gator Rust Remover. After spreading lawn or plant fertilizer be sure to sweep or blow the surface of your pavement to prevent rust spots. Some fertilizers contain iron that can leave stains on the surface of your patio.