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Caring for Your Granite Pavers: A Handbook

28 Dec 2023

Caring for Your Granite Pavers: A Handbook

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Owing to their timeless appeal, stunning appearance and extraordinary resilience, Granite pavers and tiles are an effective choice for sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, backyard landscaping and many other outdoor projects. These remarkable pavers are masters at combining style and functionality, creating tasteful, comfortable retreats out of otherwise boring outdoor spaces.

Granite is incredibly beautiful and enduring, regardless of its colour. Every step you take on these pavers, whether you're relaxing on the porch or strolling down a beautiful walkway, echoes the pride you have in your living area and is in line with the toughness and timeless characteristics of Granite. To maintain their sheen and continue to offer timeless beauty to your surroundings, they require routine maintenance and timely attention, much like any other investment that you have.

In this blog, we will take you through some vital guidelines for keeping your Granite floor tiles and pavers visually appealing and making sure they continue to be a gorgeous centrepiece of your outdoor space. Let’s begin!

Maintenance Tips for Granite Pavers

Routine cleaning and washing

Start your routine maintenance plan with some basic steps. Granite pavers are subject to accumulation of dirt and debris especially since they are installed in outdoor spaces, such as on patios, pool decks, walkways, garden edging and driveways. Their aesthetic attractiveness may begin to fade over time, and they may start looking ordinary if they aren't washed thoroughly and frequently. A basic consistent cleaning schedule is all that's needed. Here are some simple things you can do.

  • Sweep: Use a standard mop or leaf blower to sweep your Granite floors regularly and get rid of any loose dirt, leaves and debris.
  • Use a garden hose: Use a hose to wash away loose debris and surface grime. Larger surfaces benefit more from this technique as it rinses an expansive space in very little time. Let the area completely air out before using it again.
  • Mild soapy solution: While cleaning the pavers use a lightweight detergent or pH-neutral stoner cleaner only with a soft brush to achieve a thorough clean. This is an effective way to get rid of sitting dirt and light stains. Check to ensure you've rinsed the soap properly as leftover soap may leave stains on the flooring.

Use a suitable stain removal method

Granite pavers and tiles are permeable; therefore stains can easily seep through their surface. Liquid spills or environmental influences such as fallen leaves can cause colour changes, so respond quickly to prevent permanent harm. Note that separate kinds of spills call for different methods for tackling the stains.

  • Oil and grease: Place blotting paper over the stain and let it absorb as much moisture as it can. Give it a couple of minutes, then use a tiny amount of dishwashing solution that works best with stones to remove every last residue.
  • Wine stains: Act right away if you spill any kind of liquid, including wine. Using an absorbent cloth, gently blot the extra liquid to prevent the stain from getting worse. Rubbing it will simply exacerbate the discolouration. The pH-neural cleaner can then be used to remove the discolouration. If it's bad, get expert help rather than tinkering with kitchen ingredients.

Sealing the Granite surface periodically

For your Granite pavers to continue to be beautiful and durable over time, a sealer is an absolute must. They have all the ability to accomplish this.

  • Shield from staining: A good quality sealer helps shield the surface of the stone from spots and stains by forming an outer layer that stops stains from getting through.
  • Enhance the colour: With periodic and timely sealing, you can make your Granite's natural hue stand out with more vibrancy and intensity.
  • Increase robustness: Pavers that are sealed are more resistant to weather exposure and fracturing. Depending on the activity and climate, it is recommended that you seal the stones used for paving as needed, which is typically between a year and two.

Restoring cracks and chips

As they age, your Granite pavers could develop tiny chips or cracks if they are not sealed timely or if adequate maintenance is missing. It's crucial to address these kinds of problems right away as you become aware of them to prevent more serious ones later.

  • Crack repair: To fix small cracks, use premium stone epoxy or filler made especially for use with natural stones.
  • Chips: Use premium stone adhesive to repair the damaged area or swap out damaged pavers with matching ones.
  • Preventing weed growth: Sometimes, grass or other plants can make their home in the spaces between Granite pavers or tiles. To prevent this, think about putting in a plant-based weed barrier before laying the pavers. Use jointing or polymeric sand to cover the spaces between the pavers to further inhibit weed growth. Continue this regularly to see the best results.

Regular checks

Perform a comprehensive periodic check on your pavers and tiles to identify any issues early on. Look for specific signs of breakage, deformation or uneven build-up. Address these problems right away to prevent more serious harm down the road. Also, make sure to check more often if your area witnesses extreme weather situations.

Professional repair service

If you are a pro or a DIY expert, you might not need this. But if you’re not very sure how to handle any defect or if you require extensive upkeep, request a consultation with an expert. With their meticulous cleaning, repairs and resealing procedures, they can guarantee that your pavers stay in superb shape for an extended time.

The Final Word!

With some loving attention along with regular cleaning efforts, Granite's timeless appeal will endure for decades. These basic maintenance considerations will give you plenty of time to make the most of your garden and the warmth of your patio. With prompt action, appropriate sealing and regular cleaning, you can easily maintain the incredible appeal of your Granite pavers and tiles. With the above-mentioned advice, you can be sure that your Granite investment will give you lifelong durability and continued contentment for many years to come and also elevate your property prices down the line!

*Disclaimer: All information and advice given above in the blog are to the best of our knowledge. Please reconfirm at your end before execution.

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