Pavers 101: How to Restore Pavers in a 7-Step Checklist

Whether you own a home or a business, you'll want to keep your space looking great. The easiest way to do this is to any damage that occurs with pavers. Whether your pavers were installed by professionals or DIYers, they can easily be restored in just 7 simple steps. How to restore pavers? Here's what all of these steps entail:

Step 1: Cleaning

Make sure you remove any loose debris, like dirt or leaves. Then, pressure washes the surface of your patio with a jet nozzle sprayer and scrub brush attachment. Pressure washing is an easy way to clean pavers without having to bend over and scrub them by hand. It's also very effective in removing moss and mildew that can grow between the joints of a paver patio since they are low-lying surfaces that trap moisture and make excellent homes for mold spores to grow on.

Pressure washing will give you a much better result than just using a hose and rag would have been able to achieve. Next up: broom cleaning! You'll want to use this on any edges or corners where water may have pooled during your pressure washing process—these areas need special attention because if left uncleaned there could be potential for mold growth or rusting due to moisture buildup in these hard-to-reach spots (you don't want rust from pooling water seeping into those joints!). Lastly: scrub brush cleaning! Once again, if there was any surface residue left behind then now's when we'll get rid of it by brushing with our handy scrub brush attachment—just make sure not too much force goes into this step because we want our pavers to look good without damaging them at all costs!


Step 2: Securing Loose Pavers

  • Secure the loose pavers:
  • Pry bar
  • Hammer
  • Drill and masonry bit (for )
  • Screwdriver (wooden handle only!)
  • Chisel

Step 3: Sanding

Once you've removed the moss and dirt, it's time to sand your pavers so they're smooth and ready for the new . You can use an electric sander or rent one from a hardware store if you've got lots of pavers to restore, but if you have only a few surfaces in need of repair, we recommend hand-sanding with medium-grit sandpaper on a circular motion (in one direction) to avoid scratching the surface. For best results when using an electric sander, start off with 180-grit paper and move up incrementally until you reach 400 grit*. Then follow these steps:

  • Use water sparingly when wet-sanding pavers; too much water can lead to warping or cracking due to moisture absorption. Avoid letting excess moisture sit on top of freshly sealed surfaces; instead, spray from all angles so that it gets absorbed by the brick itself.
  • Don't place yourself in danger by standing directly above an area about to be sanded—when it comes time for final touch-ups after sealing has been completed (step 7), make sure your ladder is within easy reach.
  • If possible, have someone else hold down any loose pieces while working on corners or edges of bricks where there may be less pressure holding them down; if this isn't possible try using pliers first before stepping onto them yourself.
  • When working on areas closer together than twelve inches apart do not allow any part of one brick section to touch another section before completely removing all loose debris first with either your hand-held scraper tool called “hockey stick” or by using small pieces cut-off rollers/roller sets which will help prevent rubbing grease between sections being worked with no damage caused during the removal process.”

Step 4: Leveling

After laying the pavers, your job isn't quite done. You must level them using a laser level and straight edge. Then use a trowel, hammer, crowbar, and screwdriver (or any combination of these tools) to smooth out uneven areas and replace loose pavers.

Here's how:

  • Use a laser level to check for differences in height between pavers that are next to one another. If there is an uneven surface, use a straight edge to check for flat surfaces across the entire area of paving stones you want to level. The goal is not necessarily perfection; it's just making sure they're all even enough so that no one trip over them!
  • Once you've checked for differences in height between two adjacent pavers using this method described above, take care of any small gaps by applying mortar underneath the slab before moving on with leveling procedures outlined below…

Step 5: Sealing

A good sealer will be appropriate for your pavers. If you have a slate paver patio, you'll want to use a high-quality sealer that's designed specifically for this type of stone. You also should choose a sealant that will protect your pavers from weathering, stains, and UV rays.

If you're looking for an easy way to keep your newly installed pavers clean and shiny without having to scrub them with chemicals or water every day (or week), then sealing is the best option for you! Sealers are very durable—they can last up to 10 years before needing another application.

Step 6: Washing and Brushing the Sealant

Brush and sweep away excess water from the pavers to ensure that all of the sealants is removed.

Use a pressure washer, if possible, to thoroughly clean off all dirt and debris that may still be stuck in between the pavers. As you use your pressure washer, be sure not to damage any nearby plants or shrubbery.

Step 7: Protect Your Patio with a Rug

To keep your patio looking its best, you should protect it with a rug. Rugs can help to reduce noise and moisture, and they also make it easier to keep dirt and debris off the pavers. There are several different types of rugs that you can choose from depending on the style of your patio.

Come up with a plan for how you want to incorporate rugs into your patio design before shopping for one so that it complements the overall look of your space. For example, if you have an outdoor kitchen area or dining room, consider placing an indoor rug underfoot in those areas instead of having an outdoor rug cover all of the pavers throughout your entire property (unless this is what you prefer).

With only a few tools you can restore your pavers to like-new condition


  • Use a broom to remove dirt and debris from the pavers.
  • Clean the pavers with a pressure washer. Clean the area behind and around your equipment as well as under it to avoid being sprayed while working on your surface.
  • Sandblast loose pavers using that is specific to concrete, not ordinary sand you would use in sandboxes; this will prevent scratching your surface! The best option is aluminum oxide, but if you don't have access to it, silica will work as well (but it's more likely than other abrasives to cause scratching). When blasting, start at one corner of your project area and move in toward the middle so that all sides of each piece are exposed equally. Then sweep up any excess chips before moving on.
  • Rinse off any dust or residue with water from your pressure washer.

Consult a professional

Don't try to do it yourself

There are several reasons for this. First, pavers are usually made of concrete and can be quite heavy. As well, your patio or deck is likely a large area that you don't want to attempt moving alone in one piece if at all possible. The second reason is that the entire process could take weeks or even months depending on how much work needs to be done—and who wants to hire someone else when you can do it yourself? You may be thinking about hiring someone for other jobs around your home or business anyway; maybe now is a perfect time!


How to restore pavers? You can restore your pavers to like-new condition with a little bit of elbow grease and some common tools. Follow these steps and before you know it, you'll have beautiful patios that will last for years to come!

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