Brick and paver driveways are becoming more and more popular. They add character and style to the exterior of a home, something that plain concrete driveways may not be able to. However, as the pavers and bricks are exposed to the elements, including rain and sun, they can start to look dirty, faded, or worn. When this occurs, you may find yourself wondering if pressure washing, also commonly referred to as power washing, can be done to a brick and paver driveway or walkway.
Can You Pressure Wash Brick or Paver Driveways?
Brick and paver surfaces, including driveways, walkways, and patios, can be pressure washed. However, it is strongly recommended that you hire a pressure washing company to complete the process for you. A professional can take a look at your existing surface and determine whether pressure washing or soft washing should be completed based on the age and condition of the pavers. They can also select the right cleaning agents to use to get your pavers or bricks looking as new as possible.
What is Softwashing?
Softwashing is a form of pressure washing that uses far less pressure than what is traditionally used when pressure washing is completed. Softwashing is typically completed on brick surfaces, roofs, and home exteriors that may be older or in poor condition. Softwashing helps to lift as much dirt, grime, and residue as possible, without damaging the surface it is cleaning. When it comes to paver surfaces, it is ideal because it ensures that the amount of pressure being sprayed on the pavers or bricks does not cause them to shift or move, while also ensuring that the paver or brick is not damaged during the cleaning process.
What Can You Do to Keep Your Pavers Clean Between Cleanings?
After your pavers or bricks have been cleaned, there are things that you can do to help keep your bricks and pavers looking their best. If your bricks or pavers are not sealed, or the seal has worn off since it was last applied, you should consider having them sealed. Sealing a brick or paver helps to fill in the pores so the brick or paver does not absorb liquids, helping to prevent staining. This also helps to prevent cracking. Additionally, you should be sure to hand-clean your bricks or pavers if you notice any algae or moss growing on them. Algae and moss stain bricks and pavers, while also weakening them. Moss and algae can also be slippery, which can be a slip and fall hazard. Removing the growth quickly helps to keep anyone walking on the surface safer.
When your brick or paver surfaces are looking worn, faded, or dirty, pressure washing services can revive them. Here at Griffs Pressure Washing Services, we work hard to increase the curb appeal of your property, while also helping to extend the lifespan of surfaces through proper cleaning. If you need your home’s siding, fencing, or exterior surfaces, including brick or paver driveways, cleaned, let us help. Book an appointment with us today.