How to maintain your paving
For optimum performance paving generally requires regular maintenance, so to achieve the best results, Tobermore recommend that paving is cleaned two to three times a year.
Soon after paving…
When an area has just been paved, allow it to settle for a few weeks. After this, you may wish to lightly hose down the paving to remove any excess sand or dirt. The area should then be treated with a weed killer suppressant, two or three times a year as required.
Regular sweeping to prevent the build up of detritus is recommended. It must be accepted that these products will need more maintenance if the overall appearance is to be maintained.A light power hose at medium pressure is generally all that is required to clean general dirt and grime. Do not use high pressure power washers as aggressive power-washing can damage the product surface. A trial area should be tested before large scale powerwashing takes place.
For general cleaning of dirt and algae, vigorous brushing with a stiff yard brush with plenty of hot detergent solution (washing up liquid or non-bio washing powder), thoroughly rinsed with clean water should suffice. Repeated treatment may be required for paved areas sited beneath trees or in permanent/near permanent shade.
It is also possible to seal your paving with a resin material which combats staining and weed growth, while also enhancing colour and appearance. The acrylic sealer is sprayed onto the block paving and forms a ‘skin’ on top of the paving and the jointing sand giving an easily maintained finish. It is ideal for courtyards and other paved areas.