Care for Natural Stone PaversDecember 24 2015
- Teakwood Sandstone
- Pink Sandstone
- Brown Sandstone
- Honed Basalt
Natural Stone Pavers are great for patios, BBQ areas, paths and driveways as well as pool surrounds. These pavers are tough and long-lasting, but they are not self-cleaning! A regular, well thought out cleaning regime will keep your pavers looking great every day.
Since natural stone pavers are porous some people choose to seal their pavers, especially around swimming pools and spas. There are aesthetic considerations too. Sealing your natural stone pavers will change their appearance. A penetrating sealer can slightly darken the surface and enhance the colour while a coating sealer will give pavers a glossy sheen, sometimes referred to as “wet look”.
Our Teakwood Pavers are particularly porous and you may consider sealing them to enrich and maintain the colour.
Penetrating sealers, as the name implies, absorb into the stone. Through this they reduce the permeability of the stone. A good penetrating sealer will only need to be reapplied every three years or so, depending on weather and wear. In general, a penetrating sealer won’t lessen the slip resistance of your pavers.
In contrast to a penetrating sealer, a coating sealer remains on the surface of your pavers and grouting providing an epoxy-based gloss sheen. In this they will change the appearance and colour of the pavers, giving them a “wet look”. The coating sealer can also reduce the slip resistance of your pavers, so care should be taken when applying to pool surrounds. Regardless of quality, a coating sealer will become subject to wear and tear and will need to be reapplied regularly, especially where there is high levels of foot traffic.
Read more about caring for pavers around you pool.
With or without sealing, your natural stone pavers need to be cleaned regularly to keep them looking their best. Stone does not respond well to harsh chemical cleaners. It is best to stick to a simple yet frequent routine of sweeping and cleansing with warm water and gentle soap. If dirt is allowed to build up, especially if it “bakes” into the stone surface, it can become difficult to remove. You can scrub the surface with a hard bristled brush, using soap and warm water (not chemical cleaners).
A high pressure water sprayer or hose is also an effective way to clean your natural stone tiles. Just be careful not to wash away any joint filling or grout. It’s best to use a spray nozzle on your natural stone pavers, rather than a small directional spray which can damage the surface.
As well as well as your pavers, Wallington’s stocks sealants and pressure cleaners, as well as brooms, brushes and a variety of Australian made natural cleaning products. We’re open 7 days, so come past for a chat about getting new pavers, or caring for your existing ones.