Natural stone is increasingly used as décor in walls, patio and pathways for the innate elegance it brings home. Periodical pressure cleaning is recommended to maintain and restore the beauty and charm which otherwise tends to fade. Though natural stone is a sturdy material, care should be taken while using pressure cleaners to ensure permanent damages are not inflicted on the surface.
The preliminary inspection and rectification
Once you decide to use pressure cleaners for cleaning pavers, you should inspect the surface for the presence of cracks so that you can seal them. Cracks that are formed over a period of time on the surface of walls and pathways must be sealed before you engage in pressure cleaning. Otherwise it can cause seepage of water under the surfaces, thereby weakening the structure. Hence you should seal the cracks properly and wait for few days for the sealing to dry before you start the cleaning pavers.
Readying for cleaning the natural stone
During the time the sealing sets, you could carefully select the right product to be used in pressure cleaner as well as the right type of nozzle for your pressure cleaner to do the job. After cleaning pavers, a protective layer of chemicals are applied to guard the surface from immediately falling prey to the attack of fungus and weeds. You may procure this chemical too in the intervening period in preparation for the cleaning. And before you start the cleaning you are advised to remove all decorative placed on the walls and pathways to be cleaned.
Selecting the right type of nozzle
The common mistake committed in pressure cleaning pavers is selecting an incorrect nozzle for the pressure cleaner. A zero-tip nozzle should be avoided at all costs as it is capable of ripping through the natural stone, destroying it forever. It is recommended to use a tip with an angle of 45 degrees. The correct technique to clean the surface of pavers is to clean from top down.
Post cleaning operations
Once the pressure cleaning is completed, you should rinse the area dry and apply the protective chemicals that you have with you to extend the life of the natural stone. The wax applied deters fresh attacks on the surface by mildews. The protective layer of wax in addition to extending the life of the natural stone gives it a fresh luster and enhances its beauty.
Options for pressure cleaning
Periodical maintenance of natural stone is needed for it to retain the luster. In case you cannot spare adequate time for cleaning pavers, you may even think of hiring the services of an expert pressure cleaning company. That would also help you save time in procuring the right type of materials.
If you have time and patience you could follow the tips provided for pressure cleaning surfaces with natural stones and keep your home spic-and-span. And if you can’t spare time, then look out for professional cleaning services to maintain natural stone at your home.