4 Easy Steps on How to Clean Pavers before Sealing

You might be asking “ clean pavers before sealing“, cleaning pavers before sealing is a great way to improve the look and longevity of your patios, driveways, and walkways. When you seal your paver surfaces you protect them from stains, but the easiest way to avoid staining is by preventing dirt from becoming trapped in the surface pores of your paving stones, to begin with. That's why it's important to clean pavers before sealing: it will give you an ultra-clean surface that won't trap dirt under its surface which can lead to permanent stains over time.

Cleaning Pavers before Sealing

You will have to clean your pavers before sealing. This is one of the most important steps to take when preparing a pavers surface for sealing.

Avoid using harsh chemicals, abrasives, or power washers when cleaning and scrubbing your patio pavers. Instead, try using a simple soap-based cleaner like Murphy's Oil Soap as it will not harm the once applied and will help protect against any damage caused by water stains or mildew growth after being sealed.

Step 1 – Clean the Paver Surface

To start the cleaning process, use a pressure washer to remove any dirt and debris. Make sure you are using the correct nozzle setting for your pavers. A coarse spray is best if they are light-colored and you want to remove stains or old sealant. If they are dark-colored, use a medium spray setting to remove dirt that has accumulated over time.

If you don't have access to a pressure washer or prefer not to use one, you can also brush off loose material using either a broom or scrub brush before washing with an outdoor hose under high water pressure from a garden hose attached directly to the paver surface (if possible). If there's no direct access, then place your hand over one end of the nozzle and direct its stream toward another area where it will be absorbed by whatever type of surface is below ( versus asphalt) before moving on again until all areas have been hit sufficiently with water pressure alone.


Step 2 – Remove Efflorescence Using a Wire Brush

Next, use a wire brush to remove efflorescence from your pavers. Use a wire brush with a long handle so you can work from the top of your down. This allows you to see where you have already brushed and prevented re-brushing over areas that have been cleaned.


Step 3 – Scrub and Rinse the Paving Stones

The next step is to scrub the pavers. If you have a pressure washer, it's best to use that as they'll be easier to clean and they're more efficient at removing oil and grime. A stiff brush should also do the trick if you don't have access to a pressure washer.

For this step, we recommend using hot water instead of cold water (which can cause cracks in your pavers). You want to make sure that all the dirt has been removed from your paving stones before sealing them so use plenty of soap or detergent when scrubbing them down with hot water and give each paver a good rinse with clean water until all excess dirt has been removed from its surface!


Step 4 – Replace Any Broken or Missing Paving Stones

Once you've cleaned your pavers, it's time to replace any broken or missing paving stones. This can be done with a paver hammer, paver saw, and/or a paver chisel. Using the wrong tool for this step can cause further damage to your pavers so make sure you know what type of material your pavers are made from before attempting this step.

Learn how to clean pavers before sealing

How to Clean Pavers Before Sealing

Cleaning your pavers before sealing them is one of the most important steps in the process. There are many ways to go about rubbing down, cleaning, and rinsing your pavers and we'll walk you through each step.

  • Remove efflorescence from pavers with a wire brush or stiff broom (if using a broom, be sure that it does not have any metal parts). This will help remove any loose dirt or debris from the surface of your paver paving stones so that it doesn't get ground into the sealant coating when applying the sealant on top of them later on. When choosing what type of wire brush or stiff broom to use for removing efflorescence from your pavers consider whether you want something more aggressive like a steel bristled rake style tool or if you'd prefer something less abrasive like soft bristled plastic ones instead; either way works just fine! Once this step has been completed proceed to Step 2 below which involves scrubbing down each individual piece until they're clean enough for sealing, but first, let's talk about why this step matters so much first…


Cleaning pavers before sealing is easy to do and can help keep your patio looking great for years to come. We hope you found this article helpful in learning how to clean pavers before sealing! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Apex Paver Sealing!