HELPFUL TIPS FOR BRICK MAINTENANCE

Cleaning Tips:

  1. Spray water with a garden hose on the area to be cleaned.
  2. Apply a mild detergent, such as ProSoco 600 detergent, to the area. Allow the cleaner to sit on the stained area for about 10 minutes, do not allow the cleaner to dry. You may need to agitate the cleaner to keep it moist. After the alloted time, you may scrub with a nylon bristled brush and rinse thoroughly. Be sure to protect plants and flowers prior to applying the cleaner and especially during the rinse cycle.
  3. DO NOT use a pressure washer for cleaning, NEVER use acid, and DO NOT use steel brushes.
  4. Always do a small test area before you do large areas.

If you need a stronger cleaning solution you may use light restoration cleaner according to instructions.

CARE DURING WINTER MONTHS:

Snow should be removed by mechanical means not with any type of de-icing chemicals. Power brushing is particularly good because there is little or no metal to paver contact.

Plows can be used if the blades are flexible or if the blades do not ride on the pavers. Pads or rollers should be used to raise the blades above the slight imperfections inherent in segmental paving systems. Snow blowers can also be used, but the steel guide pads at the mouths of the snow blowers should be coated with rubber to reduce the possibility of damage when the guides hit the odd-raised or canted pavers.

Shovels are fine to use. Ice scrapers are not because they may damage concrete sidewalks and they do damage clay pavers.

Ice is best handled by spreading sand on the surface of the pavement. Salts such as magnesium chloride, can be mixed with sand to speed melting. Calcium chloride causes deterioration.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES