As the nights draw out, now’s the perfect time to get paths and patios ready for summer. From small terrace to lavish, landscaped setting, all will benefit greatly from a deep clean – and using professional treatments will make a real difference over the months ahead.
Deep cleaning pavers
To properly remove stains and ingrained dirt, we recommend a thorough wash with ECOPROTEC® Intensive Cleaner. This cleaner can be used at different dilutions, depending on the degree of residue/staining. Our Technical Datasheet includes lot of information on dilutions and application.
Important note. A blast with a jet wash may seem like a quicker and easier option but it will only wash dirt off the surface. A specialist treatment will react with ingrained residue and organic matter, drawing it out of the stone’s porosity.
Before cleaning, remove furniture, pots and other objects, and sweep the pavers to remove all leaves and residue. Then, test your cleaning solution on an inconspicuous area.
Stopping water ingress
Once you’ve cleaned your pavers and they’re dry, it’s an ideal time to replace any lost jointing sand or cement mortar. This will stop the ingress of water and will help protect paving during the freeze and thaw cycle next winter.
If your pavers haven’t been sealed, consider applying a protective treatment. We recommend ECOPROTEC® Patio Sealer for natural stone and our new barrier treatment, ECOPROTEC® Pre Grout Protection for matt porcelain pavers. Both are non-film forming and will help prevent the absorption of moisture and organic particles, reducing staining and the spread of algae, mould and black spot.
ECOPROTEC® Patio Sealer is a water-based, impregnating sealer that’s applied using a foam roller or paint brush. It can be applied over residual moisture and will protect pavers from moisture, stains, weathering and efflorescence. It’s also UV resistant and non-yellowing.
ECOPROTEC® Pre Grout Protection creates a barrier against organic matter and makes ongoing maintenance easier. On newly laid tiles, it also protects against staining and helps increase working times.
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