How To Keep Your Paving Looking Great!
Most people seem to think that paving doesn’t need maintenance. Perhaps this misinformation comes from the slick salesmen who want you to think that paving is maintenance-free. Unfortunately, it’s rubbish. Nothing in life is maintenance-free!
So here are three top tips for keeping your paving in perfect condition.
Wack the Weeds
Weeds are a fact of life. When it rains, minute particles of soil are deposited on the ground, and in the case of your paving, into the joins between the paving slabs/stones. Over time, and with the addition of seeds blown in from surrounding areas, you’ll have weeds growing between the paving. Getting rid of the weeds is as simple as pulling them up, spraying with weedkiller, routinely brushing the paving to get rid of soil and seeds and using sealant on the paving to help slow the accumulation of soil and seeds.
Aggro the Algae
If you have algae, which usually grows in sheltered, damp parts of the paving, use a dilute solution of bleach to get rid of it. Leave the diluted bleach on the paving for a few minutes, then rinse well with water. You may need two or three applications of the dilute bleach, but the improvement in the look of your paving will be enormous when you’re finished.
Lose the Lichen
A combination of brushing (sometimes with a wire brush at the site of the lichen) and dilute bleach treatments (again, at the site of the lichen) will loosen the grip of the lichen and enable you to get rid of it. Try to do good maintenance to prevent lichen buildup rather than proactively trying to tackle tons of lichen with their phenomenal grip on your paving.