Block paving can really boost the appearance of your driveway, adding character and giving it an organised, professional finish. However, even the best installed paving can deteriorate in time and will require regular maintenance and cleaning to keep it looking at its best.
Below we’ve put together some tips to help you keep your block paving looking as good as the day it was installed.
Remove weeds before cleaning
Weeds can often be a problem for block paving driveways. They can grow up through the sand and destabilise the paving stones. Before cleaning your drive you will need to get rid of any weeds. This can be done by pulling them out gently by hand or with a garden hoe, or alternatively you can use a weedkiller. To help prevent weeds from growing in the first place, make sure you brush your paving regularly.
Have a regular routine
Regular cleaning is the key to a pristine driveway. To get the best results you should ideally aim to clean your paving once a month or, if that’s not possible, at least once a season. Having a regular cleaning routine will make your block paving so much easier to maintain.
Use the right cleaner
Although power washing is quicker and easier, cleaning your drive with soapy water, a stiff brush and a little bit of elbow grease can work really well.Ordinary household soap such as laundry detergent or dishwasher soap can be really effective, as can bleach or Jeyes Fluid.However, you need to be careful as some cleaners can damage your paving stones. Avoid cleaners that are not suitable for use on limestone or marble. Similarly, cleaners that contain acid can damage concrete paving.
Try a pressure washer
Pressure washers are a really quick and effective way of cleaning your driveway paving. However, you need to be wary as incorrect or excessive use can dislodge the sand and cause problems. To avoid this it may be worth hiring a professional who has experience and expertise in this area. If you are doing it yourself make sure to hold the washer at an angle of no more than 45 degrees and replace the sand that you’ve dislodged afterwards to keep the driveway looking at its best.
Seal your driveway to keep it looking good
Don’t waste all of your hard work! After cleaning your paving, make sure it stays in pristine condition by applying a good quality sealant. This helps protect your driveway from staining, extends its life and keeps it free of weeds and moss. There are many different sealants on the market and deciding which to choose can be confusing. This website offers some advice on the different sealants available and their various pros and cons.
While it can take a bit of hard work, keeping your block paving driveway looking its best is not complicated. Take the time to stick to a regular cleaning and maintenance routine and choose your products carefully, and it should be fairly easy to keep your paving in tip top condition.
Neil Hodges is the Director for Block Paving Maintenance based in Witham, Essex with over 25 years of experience in the industry the team pride themselves on their workmanship.