Hardscaping outside your home adds value and curb appeal. Beyond that, you’ll enjoy more usable space in your yard for things like cooking, lounging, and more.
But when beautiful pavers take on a patina of grime and dirt, you’ve got a problem.
If you’re wondering whether you can pressure wash pavers like you’ve seen in viral videos, it’s more complicated than you think.
We’re taking on pressure washing today! You’ll learn about the best ways to keep your space looking pristine.
Let’s get down and dirty!
Is it safe to pressure wash pavers?
Concrete pavers are a popular addition to any outdoor space. They’re a versatile way to increase usable space outside and last longer than concrete. Because they’re constantly exposed to the elements, they tend to get dirty afterward.
Nothing is more satisfying than a timelapse showing once gnarly hardscapes transform under a skilled pressure washer. In a short time, bricks that looked ancient appeared new again!
Done correctly, it’s a quick way to clean your outdoor space. But, done wrong, and you could do more damage than you think.
What PSI should be used while pressure washing pavers?
When cleaning your pavers, one of the most important aspects to consider is pounds per square inch (PSI). Put simply, PSI represents the force in pounds applied to one inch of material.
Water isn’t a harmless cleaning tool. Although it doesn’t contain detergents or harsh chemical substances, if your pressure is too high, it can cause damage. Hitting the sweet spot doesn’t necessarily take trial and error. Instead, there are metrics available that answer the question without the damage.
Typically, settings between 1,000 and 1,500 PSI won’t damage most pavers. Too high and you could erode the surface, too low and it won’t get the job done. Test a small area on the lower end to dial in your cleaning power.
What types of pavers can be damaged from pressure washing?
Done correctly, any type of paver can be pressure washed. The opposite is also true, though. Poorly done, concrete, brick, and stone can all end up pitted, cracked, or etched by the tool. Concrete pavers are especially vulnerable to damage out of all materials.
If you plan to take on the task, make sure you know how to use your equipment.
Choose a machine with a three to four-gallon-per-minute flow. Purchase the correct nozzle for the job, a wide angle rather than a narrow one. Practice your technique on a surface that won’t show damage before moving to expensive hardscaping.
Ways to maintain your paver after a pressure wash
Once you’ve completed the process, you’ll want to prolong the results with regular upkeep. Proper care can help your space look well-tended and attractive.
Sweep the paver to avoid future weeds popping up
Hardscaping with weeds and grass growing between the joints doesn’t add value to your home. It looks messy!
After cleaning, keep the area swept to avoid unwanted vegetation. Seeds and weeds germinate every 21 days, and after a storm or fresh cut is prime time for them to fall between the cracks of your pavers. Seeds take every opportunity to sprout, and they don’t need a garden to do it. Keeping bricks dirt-free prevents little green shoots from ruining the look of your space.
Use a cleaning solution
Between pressure washing treatments, use a cleaning solution to remove mildew, sticky grime, and oils. Over time, these elements can stain your outdoor investment. This makes it necessary to pressure wash pavers more frequently and risk damage.
Gentle cleaners are readily available and help keep your space pristine. They won’t cause damage, so they’re a safe bet for regular upkeep.
Use bleach or vinegar to clean your pavers, but with caution
Even though they seem safer than chemicals from the hardware store, bleach, and vinegar shouldn’t be used on pavers recklessly. While they are powerful cleaning agents and the best way to kill mold, they can also degrade any sealer you’ve applied. Additionally, they can erode the surface once through the seal.
Used incorrectly, they can cause irreparable harm to your investment. Always use caution, or trust the expertise of a professional when using these cleaning agents.
Why contact a professional to pressure wash pavers?
Hardscaping is a significant investment of time and resources. Only a professional can guarantee their approach won’t damage the pavers. Training and experience make them the ideal people to call when you need a refresh.
Lack of experience can be detrimental to your pavers
Sadly, it’s pretty common to take on a DIY project that goes wrong. But in the case of pavers, sometimes tens of thousands of dollars are washed away. Protecting your hardscaping doesn’t have to be a gamble.
Skilled professionals have the technique and know-how to make your space shine without worry. Only go with fully licensed and insured cleaners to be safe.
Professionals know how to avoid damaging paver sealant
Applying paver sealant is one of the best methods of protecting your pavers. Even though you’ll have to redo the process every three to five years, it’s worth the time. However, poorly done pressure washing can damage the coating and the pavers underneath.
Using professional cleaners lowers the risk of replacing all your sealant after pressure washing.
There are hidden fees of pressure washing on your own
While it might seem like a way to save money, there are hidden costs to DIY pressure washing. Any damage you do on your own needs repaired, and the price comes out of your pocket. Also, you may have pavers that need replacing after a misguided attempt.
Pressure washers are powerful pieces of equipment. They’re capable of stripping siding, damaging car paint, and ruining outdoor features. It doesn’t take much for a weekend cleaning project to get out of hand and cost far more than you anticipated.
Premier Pro Wash & Seal is here to help clean and maintain your paver!
Premier Pro Wash & Seal has the tools and experience to make your hardscaping shine! We’ve worked hard to be the best and offer a wide range of services to help maintain your space. We’re ready to take on the dirty work, from routine cleaning to complex jobs.
Book a consultation on our website and prepare to enjoy a pristine outdoor space!