Brick pavers are a popular hardscaping feature of many homes give driveways, sidewalks and patios a custom, natural appearance. They are beautiful when they are first installed and quickly improve the curb appeal. But brick pavers are porous. And eventually, it gets clogged with dirt, mold, and algae, giving them a dull, unsightly appearance. While cleaning the pavers with a garden hose washes the dust off the surface, algae, and mold quickly return. This is because bacteria and fungi are living organisms. And wiping them from the surface doesn’t kill the spores that are living deep within the paver surface.
Fortunately, there is a way you can get rid of the mold and algae by following these steps:
Items You Will Need
- Protective clothing
- Safety Mask
- Safety Goggles
- Sturdy shoes
- Sprayer Bottle
- Wire brush
- Vinegar or Bleach
Wear Protective Clothing
It is essential to wear protective clothing to avoid contact with mold. While mold naturally occurs in the environment, its exposure can cause respiratory issues in some individuals. Wear gloves, goggles and a mask.
Make a Non-Toxic Cleaning Solution
Fill a sprayer bottle with distilled vinegar. Spray the paver surface with the vinegar solution and let it sit for approximately one hour. For best results, the surface should be dry and broom-swept before applying the cleaning solution. Then hose down the paver surface with plain water. Avoid using the surface until it is completely dry.
While the vinegar cleaner will kill the algae and most types of mold on contact, it will not kill all mold spores. If you still see mold or experience a re-growth, you can try the alternate, stronger cleaning solution shown below or contact a professional for assistance.
Alternate Bleach Cleaner
Make sure your surface is dry and sweep away any debris or surface dirt. Just a little bleach goes a long way. Mix 1 teaspoon of chlorine bleach in a 32-ounce sprayer bottle filled with water. Spray the paver surface with the bleach cleaner. Rinse the surface with plain water and allow the surface to dry. Be very careful to avoid direct contact with bleach. Protect your eyes with safety goggles to prevent splash back. Only use in a well-ventilated area.
Mold and Algae Removal
On a clean and dry paver surface, mix a little baking soda with water to form a paste. Gently scrub the stains with a wire brush until it has disappeared. Rinse with water and allow it to dry.
Professional Paver Washing
Some stains like mold and algae are difficult to remove without professional assistance, especially if it has been more than three years since the pavers were cleaned. Also, it is best to have mold removal done by trained professionals. Red Hot Services has trained and experienced technicians who use an eco-friendly bio-degradable solution that kills and dissolves mold and algae on contact and removes other stains from brick pavers with guaranteed clean results.
Call Red Hot Services today for a free quote.