How To: Clean And Rejuvenate Paving

What you will need

  • Paving & Patio sealant
  • Sweeping brush
  • Masonry paint brush
  • Long pile roller
  • Paint tray
  • Wire brush
  • Patio and Paving Cleaner
  • Disposable gloves
  • Power washer (if required)


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  • 1 Before starting this job, check the weather to make sure it’s going to be a clear day. Remove any plants or furniture from the patio.
  • 2 The first step in cleaning and rejuvenating your paving is to remove any moss or weeds between the bricks using a hand trowel or wire brush. Brush away any debris with a sweeping brush.
  • 3 Then apply patio stain cleaner to the surface to remove any ingrained dirt in the slabs. Brush vigorously with a stiff brush. Leave on the cleaner for the time indicated in the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • 4 Then rinse down the area with a hose and brush. Alternatively hose down the area using a power washer.
  • 5 When the patio is clean, a Paving Seal should be applied to protect the patio from staining and weathering. This product will form a clear membrane that repels water, dirt, oil and fuel spills to prevent staining and reduce weather damage. The acrylic formulation gives a tough, durable finish enhancing and binding the surface inhibiting the growth of moss and lichen.
  • 6 Put disposable gloves on and then mix the seal per the manufacturer’s instructions. For best results apply the seal using a paint tray and either a long pile roller or masonry brush.
  • 7 Plan how you are going to apply the seal. Make sure that you have an exit point when you have finished the job – you don’t want to trap yourself in a corner! Apply an even coat of seal to ensure all surface irregularities are covered.
  • 8 Make sure the coating does not ‘pond’ in surface depressions. If it does just use a masonry brush to correct. Roll well into the surface and then redistribute any surplus material.
  • 9 Leave to dry for the length of time indicated in the manufacturer’s instructions.