Put simply, a “clean and seal” is a process in which pavers are washed clean and then protected from the elements with a seal coating. The cleaning process features an intensive pressure washing of your pavers to remove dirt, debris, mold, stains etc. It can also involve the use of chemical cleaners to take care of excessive dirt buildup and residue, the removal of grass, and stain expulsion. After a thorough cleaning, a seal coating is then applied to safeguard and enhance the look of the pavers. The sealer works similarly as wax for your car’s paint; it protects and enhances your pavers beauty, extending their life and enjoyment.
We get asked a lot about the unsightly grass that creeps up in the crevices between pavers. It’s an eye sore, yes, but we are happy to report that it is removed in the clean and seal process. Grass is usually blown out with the powerful pressure washing, and whatever is not detached is killed off with the sealer. Grass cannot survive the sealant, so whatever is left will simply decompose with time. Another question we hear is about the hard-to-remove stains that sometimes appear on pavers. The pressure washing procedure can remove most stains on its own, but we also apply a variety of cleansers, degreasers, and rust removers for tougher blemishes. With all the tools at our disposal, we get pavers as close to perfect as humanly possible!
Manufacturers create all types of sealers for paver reparations, ranging from water-based to solvent-based. Here in Florida, we tend to prefer water-based sealers, as they diminish the potential for hazing or blushing due to a freak rain shower that might occur before the sealer has dried. Our water-based urethane sealer will keep your pavers protected and looking great for anywhere from 2-5 years, and sometimes even longer!
At the end of the day, it’s in your best interest to clean and seal your pavers. It can save you the embarrassment and frustration of letting your brand-new pavers go into a state of unsightly disrepair. On the flip side, a good clean and seal can bring an old paver project back to life in the most brilliant way. It’s a minimal cost for a high reward! It’s no wonder that most paver manufacturers and installers recommend cleaning and sealing pavers regularly to extend their life and beauty. Call us today to get a free quote on cleaning and sealing your pavers!