Cleaning and Maintenance
All outdoor paving products can be subject to soiling from general use or mistreatment. This is a general guide to help maintain the appearance of the pavers during and after construction.
As with all things, prevention is better than a cure. Careful design considerations, correct installation practices and light routine maintenance of the pavers will always help ensure your product looks just as good years later, as it did when the job was first completed.
Certain design considerations can help to minimise the chance of soiling or staining of the pavers.
Paver selection can be the first step in easy paver maintenance.
In areas of potential heavy soiling, consideration should be given to the colour selection of the pavers, as this can help mask discolouration in known problem areas. In addition, the range of different surface textures offered by Newtech is another important aspect to consider at the selection stage – some surface textures are more suited to certain applications.
Poor or inadequate drainage will cause staining and effect paver appearance.
Design of the proposed paved area should take account of surface and subsurface water. Consideration for the control of stormwater surface runoff will be required, along with services which may be required to run under the paved area, such as drainage pipes, water pipes etc.
Care should always be taken to keep pavers clean by ensuring the surface is free from soils, cement based products, vegetation/organic matter, timber that may stain, rubber marks etc., during and after laying as these will possibly mark the pavers.
If possible, concrete pavers should not be hosed for at least the first 24 hours to allow internal moisture to evaporate.
Freshly laid pavers should not be covered with plastic or foam as the resultant condensation can leave marks on the pavers.
Do not use acid to clean pavers. For assistance with specific cleaning information, contact the supplier.
Using a pressure cleaner to clean pavers can potentially damage the surface of the paver. If used, we recommend a small trial area be tested first to determine the correct pressure and distance that will not damage the surface.
As with many concrete and natural stone products, sealing is important and recommended, especially in areas of potential staining (eg barbeque areas) or chemical contact (eg swimming pool areas). Choosing the correct sealer is important. If required contact your paver supplier or Newtech Pavers for advice.
Whilst efflorescence is a potential problem for the clay and masonry industry, the quality of materials used in the manufacture of our concrete Newtech Pavers, ensures that the likelihood of efflorescence is minimised, however no guarantees are given. In most cases sealing will prevent efflorescence, and weathering will eliminate it.