by Greg Greg

There’s a lot of outdoor home decor trends that come and go. At one point everybody wanted fountains and big decorative boulders, and the next people are looking for native plants to fill their gardens with.

If there’s one home decor trend that has staying power, it’s using brick pavers. Brick pavers can form a beautiful walking path, highlight a new garden, or just add some decorative flair to your home.

The Simple Way to Clean Brick Pavers

Brick pavers can add some class to a home, but a lot of homeowners struggle with maintenance. Is it okay to use a power washer, or should you use something more gentle? Will you need a harsh horsehair scrub brush to keep the pavers clean, or should you use a soft bristle toothbrush?

If you’ve been struggling to find a way to keep your pavers clean, you don’t have to worry anymore. We’re going to let you know the best way to keep your pavers clean and gorgeous.

Eliminate Growth

One of the most troublesome aspects of caring for pavers is the amount of plant life that can grow on them. Moss, algae, and even slime can grow on your pavers and be hard to get rid off.

These kinds of organic growth love moisture and a minimum amount of sunlight, and unfortunately your pavers provide the perfect environment for them to flourish in. Luckily there’s a simple way for you to get rid of those troublesome growths without risking damage to your pavers.

You can find sodium hydrochloride at almost any home goods store. Most people use it to clean pools, but it can also be used to clean stucco and pavers.

Simply mix a solution that’s one part sodium hydrochloride and ten parts water for a cleaning solution. Apply that to your pavers with a scrub brush, leave it for about 20 minutes, then rinse with your hose.

When you’re doing this be sure to be safe. Protective goggles, gloves, and other clothing are recommended.

Use Weed Killer

Most pavers usually don’t have this issue if they’re well sealed, but it’s possible for a few to slip through when the pavers start to show their age. Dealing with weeds around your pavers doesn’t have to be difficult, handle them how you would any troublesome weed.

First, you need to get some weed killer. Most are tough on weeds but shouldn’t do damage to the bricks. 

After you’ve sprayed the weed killer, it’s time to pull out what’s left. Don’t assume that the weed killer will do the job. Pull up everything by the roots to ensure that they can’t grow back.

Scrub Gently 

Now that you’ve taken care of the surrounding plant life, you can clean the actual pavers. If you just have some dirt, a gentle sweeping with a broom should be enough to keep it clean. If there’s dirt caked on a blast from a powerful hose should be enough.

If your pavers are seriously dirty, you don’t need anything special to clean your pavers. Simply mixing some dish soap like Dawn with warm water should be enough. Get a scrub brush and work on the worst stains.

Do you have any cleaning tips for brick pavers? Tell us about it in the comments section! If you have additional questions about home maintenance, please feel free to contact us so we can help.