Cleaning and Sealing ProcedureAll outdoor surfaces accumulate dirt and stains. These surfaces need periodic cleaning to maintain their beauty and performance. Our paver cleaning system will remove naturally occurring contaminants like dirt, mold and moss. Mold and moss often make the surface slippery and dangerous to walk on especially when wet.
Accidents happen. Don't cry over spilled oil. In most cases Clean My Pavers has a product that will clean up that oil spill. We can eliminate most rust and oil stains by using selective cleaners. Tire marks, grill grease and other food stains can also be removed. Bird droppings and berry stains are easily cleaned with high pressure and hot water.
Cleaning pavers, concrete, and natural stone requires; "know how", the proper equipment, chemical cleaners, energy and time. Our products are nontoxic and will not hurt the environment, kids, pets or vegetation.
Procedure - This depends on the material that we are cleaning
The procedure we use to restore, protect and maintain your hardscape project will vary dependent upon conditions such as: the type of surface, age of the material, amount of dirt accumulated, and whether or not it has been previously sealed.
Pavers, concrete, brick, travertine, flagstone and natural stone pavers require various methods of cleaning and sealing.
Paver CleaningA typical 5-10 year old paver installation will require minor edge restraint repair and minor settlement repair. Once repairs are made any stains, such as: oil, grill grease, tire marks, rust, food stains, bird dropping, efflorescence, or polyhaze will be removed.
The next step is to apply a hardscape cleaner and using our hot water power washer with our surface cleaners we will remove ground in dirt and moss which has accumulated in the joints.
After the pavers are clean, new joint sand will be washed into the joints using our wet sanding process which has been developed by the manufacturer Seal n Lock.
Paver SealingThe newly cleaned and re-sanded pavers will then be sealed with a 2 coat application of sealer. This process will stabilize the joint sand and enhance and protect the pavers. Your renovated patio, pool deck, or walkway can now be used in 24 hours. A driveway can be used in 48 hours under typical drying conditions.
Joint re-sandingThe cleaning process will remove the existing dirt and sand in the joints and new joint sand will have to be installed and stabilized to remain in the joint. The existing sand and dirt must be removed to a minimum depth of one inch for the new joint sand to perform properly.
We accomplish this with two different methods depending on the project and the budget.
Method 1: First is wet-sanding , where we use sand of the right specification and wash the sand into the joint using special nozzles on the wash equipment. A joint stabilizing sealer is then applied very heavy as a flood coat to flow into the sand joints and bind the sand together.
Method 2: Utilization of “polymeric joint sand.” This method involves cleaning the dirt and sand out of the joints and then allowing the pavers and joints to dry, usually 24 hours, but it depends on temperatures and location of the pavers. The polymeric sand is then swept and compacted into the joints using a vibratory plate compactor to achieve a full uniform paver joint. The excess polymeric sand is then removed, the area blown off with a power blower, and then the polymeric sand is activated with water to stabilize the sand in the joint. We only use the highest quality polymeric sands that will not discolor or haze your pavers, and will provide the best performance for the paver joint. The sealer is then applied usually in two coats to add additional stabilization to the joint sand and protect and enhance the pavers.
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Procedure for Estimates – Estimate PolicyTo obtain a free estimate: to clean, re-sand, and seal your pavers, please email the total square footage of your project areas, the approximate age of the pavers, and a few pictures of the areas. The square footage is determined by multiplying the length times the width in feet.
Once we receive this information a ballpark estimate will be e-mailed back to you. If this ballpark estimate is within your budget and you would like for us to schedule the work to be completed a deposit will be required for a visit to your property to confirm measurements provided and evaluate the best treatment for your project. After the site visit a formal estimate will be provided listing the services to be provided.
If you cannot provide the square footage or pictures of your project and would like a representative to measure and evaluate your project a fee of $ 45.00___ will be charged to a credit card you provide before the estimate is provided. This charge is for the time and labor involved to visit your site and will be applied as a credit to your project should you decide to have the work completed.