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Now That You Have Installed Your Bricks, How Can You Keep Them Looking Great?

 

Pavers are highly resistant to absorption of stains and can be kept clean in most environments by regular sweeping.    
       
Low pressure water can be helpful when removing soil.    
       
Detergents added to the water stream may speed the cleaning of soiled pavers (proprietary cleaners such as Prosoco's Sure Klean; Vana Trol may be used if necessary).    
       
When applying detergent directly gently hose off your brick or tiles.  Remember to rinse thoroughly.    
       

Things To Avoid:

Acid based cleaners.    
       
High pressure water may cause damage to clay pavers.  High pressure water may also compromise sand filled joints.    
       
Using salt and shovels for snow removal (For some traction try using sand, or biodegradable cat litter instead of salt).    
       
Do not use steal brushes to remove debris.    

Ice Removal:

Several proprietary chemical products are available for preventing and removing ice from paved surfaces that perform well and reduce potential staining of pavers.

   
       
Calcium, magnesium, acetate and urea. (The former is preferred because it is more effective at lower temperatures).    
       
Deicing of pavements (This material contains calcium chloride and can cause efflorescence).    
       
Sand or grit used to provide traction on ice should be swept up after the freezing cycle to minimize grinding of the pavers.    

Snow Removal:

Brushes and brooms as used for other pavements.    
       
If needed Rubber or urethane blade edges can be used. Remember, Care must be taken to ensure that the blades of the equipment do not scrape the pavement surface in a manner that might cause chipping or scratches.    
       
Remove snow from Truncated Dome ADA pavers with brushes and brooms.  

Brick Sealing:

Another way to keep your bricks looking good is to seal the bricks after installation and then once a year.  Sealing your bricks:

Repels water and stains.    
       
Helps hold sand in joints.    
       
Prevents wear from foot traffic.    

Water based sealers are safer, you can ask your local contractor who will be your best advisor based on the type of weather in your area.