Driveway brick pavers add aesthetic appeal to your entire house. But not when they are dingy. To keep them looking their best, you have to make sure that your brick pavers are clean. You can hire professional cleaners to deal with your brick pavers, but you can also clean them on your own. In the first place, cleaning driveway brick pavers is easy to do. Here’s how you can do it.
- Remove loose dirt. When cleaning your brick pavers, the first thing you should do is remove all loose dirt. Do this by thoroughly sweeping the brick pavers with a broom. After sweeping, you can have a better view of the surface and might notice hardened stains and dirt that could possibly be sitting there for a long time.
- Apply cat litter. Cat litter is useful in removing liquid dirt from the brick pavers. Sprinkle a generous amount of cat litter on the liquid stain. Let it sit for about two hours. Cat litter will absorb the liquid and will make it easier for you to remove the trace. If the cat litter has already dried, remove it using a broom. Then, scrub off the trace with a deck brush doused in soapy water. Rinse with pressure hose. When cleaning your brick pavers, it is important to always protect your hands by wearing heavy-duty rubber gloves.
- Wash the brick pavers. Now you are ready to do the actual cleaning. First, mix detergent and water in a bucket. Make sure the detergent is completely dissolved. Then rinse the brick pavers using a pressure hose. Remember to hold the pressure washer at least a foot away from the brick pavers to prevent surface damages. If the brick pavers are all wet, begin scrubbing them with a deck brush dipped in the bucket. If you prefer, you can also directly pour the detergent solution over the brick pavers. Thoroughly scrub the brick pavers in an up and down motion, making sure to remove surface dirt and grime. Apply some for force on areas with tough dirt. Rinse with pressure washer afterwards. You can repeat the whole scrubbing and rinsing process until you are sure the brick pavers are completely clean.
- Use stain remover. You can remove stubborn stains from your brick pavers using a chemical stain remover. Apply it following the manufacturer’s instructions. Remember that your brick pavers should be completely clean of loose dirt before the application. Although bleach is generally effective in removing stubborn stain, it is usually not recommended in cleaning brick pavers because of its damaging effects to nearby plants. So avoid using detergent with bleach and bleach itself to remove stubborn stains.
Clean your driveway brick pavers at least thrice a week. If not regularly cleaned, dirt and dust may build up, which could make cleaning quite difficult. Also, it will help if you remove liquid spills and surface dust as soon as they appear, so they won’t settle deep into the brick pavers and eventually cause staining.