How To Clean Block Paving

How To Clean Block Paving

Block paving can start to look tired, dirty and dull over time and make your home look unkempt. The best way to solve this problem is by giving your block paving a clean. 

So what is the best way to clean your driveway or patio? There are multiple ways to approach the task, but here at Build & Plumb, we have years of experience in the industry and are on-hand to provide you with professional tips.

How to clean block paving 

Block paving can transform the look and feel of your outdoor space, and it can be costly to add to your property. To keep it in the best condition The best way to maintain it and keep it in good condition is by cleaning it every once in a while. 

What do I need to clean my block paving? 

This all depends on the type of clean that you plan on completing. If you would like to complete a basic clean, we suggest the following: 

  • Warm water 
  • Bucket 
  • Hard bristled brush 
  • Washing up liquid 
How To Clean Block Paving

How to do a basic clean of your block paving

  1. The first thing you need to do when starting to clean your block paving is to move any furniture, plant pots or vehicles from the area. 
  2. Once you have a clear area, mix washing up liquid and warm water in your bucket. 
  3. Start from the corners, pour a small part of your solution onto the block paving and scrub using the hard bristled brush until any dirt is loose. 
  4. Repeat this until the whole area of block paving has been scrubbed. 
  5. You can then refill your bucket with fresh water and wash the block paving. You could also do this with a garden hose if you have one readily available. Try and aim the flow of water towards a drainage point. 

How to clean oil spills from block paving 

If you have block paving on your driveway, oil spills from your car can occasionally stain the surface. To make your block paving look brand new, we have a cleaning method here at Build & Plumb that is quick, easy and effective. 

How To Clean Block Paving

You may not have noticed the spilt oil on your block paving, which means that it could be set deep into the stone over a long time. This could mean that you have to adopt a more aggressive form of cleaning and use some specialist products. 

What you need: 

  • Bucket of water 
  • Hard bristled brush 
  • Paving degreaser (non-acid based) 

Method:

  1.  Pour your paving degreaser on the spot where the oil has stained. You should leave this on the affected area for around 15-20 minutes so that the solution has time to take effect. 
  2. Once 15-20 minutes have passed, you can then make a start on removing the stain. Using a hard-bristled brush, scrub at the area, and you should be able to see the oil come away from the block paving. 
  3. Fill a bucket with water, and then rinse the area. This will remove all of the remaining residue and leave you with your results. If the stain is still present, repeat the process until it has faded. 

You should also book your car in to be serviced as if you have an oil stain; it means that there is a leak coming from your car too. 

What is the best time to clean block paving?

Cleaning your block paving is usually a job for the warmer months. Doing it this way, any excess water can dry quickly, and you won’t have to endure the cold. You should aim to clean your block paving at the start of spring as this will ensure that it looks clean and fresh for Summer. 

How To Clean Block Paving

Best way to clean block paving 

Other top tips for cleaning your block paving include:

  • If you decide to give your block paving an intense clean and use a power washer, the water jet should be angled at 30° or less to the paved surface. You should also use medium pressure, as anything too powerful can damage the jointing material, resulting in the need for replacement. 
  • If you need to remove weeds from the paving joints of your block paving, you can use a metal scraping tool or a wire brush. However, if you have a significant amount of weeds, it could be best to apply weed killer to the block paving. This will make any live weeds or roots die and make it easier to clean and remove. 
  • Be careful when applying cleaner or driveway solutions to your block paving, as some cleaners can damage your surface if applied incorrectly or in large volumes. 

Here at Build & Plumb, we have a wide range of landscaping products available for you to enhance your outdoor living area. Within the range, you will find paving, jointing compound and a range of other items that will help you to repair and enhance your property. 

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