An Easy Method for Renewing Old Paving
Paving often looks very beautiful when it is first laid. But weathering, most commonly in the form of weeds and mould, dulls the look of the pavers.
Many different types of materials are used for making pavers. Some of the common ones are concrete, clay and natural stone. These pavers come in a wide range of forms and shapes. Mostly, the materials used for making pavers are pretty porous and hence they absorb a lot of moisture. This aids in the growth of moss, weed and moulds.
Even in the cases where the materials used are not porous, like natural stone or concrete, the growth of moulds and weeds does take place. Reasons for this are the poor quality of materials, heavily shaded areas and overgrown vegetation. These factors contribute in the growth of moulds and weeds in almost every type of paving and thus it is very important to protect the pavers from these weeds and moulds.
The position of the paver and its shape are two most important factors which determine the extent of the growth of mould and weeds on any paving. It is possible to limit the growth of weed or moulds but impossible to completely eliminate it. The growth will be less in areas where exposure to moisture is less and similarly the growth will be high in shady areas where the exposure to moisture is considerably higher. Also, bricks with round edges will have more open space in between them and hence higher possibility for growth of weeds in comparison to bricks with sharper edges.
Well, if your paving is all filled with weeds and moulds, then we have a very simple but highly effective solution for you. We have already seen that no matter how much we try and control it, weed will grow.Brick Pavers Moss can be removed manually as it grows on the surface but weeds are a lot harder to be removed. You can remove them manually by pulling them out, but that is very tedious. You can use herbicides but that they can be quite toxic. Some people also pour boiling water on these things, but that is pretty ineffective. And moulds, they are embedded quite deep into the bricks even though they appear to be present only on the surface, so removing them by hand is mostly only a temporary thing. So what can be done?
Here is a simple solution which is highly effective and better than all the different methods which have been described above.
Go to your nearby supermarket or hardware store and get some granulated pool chlorine. Brick Pavers available in a variety of packages ranging from 1 liter to 10 liter. Around 4 liters of chlorine would be sufficient for an area of about 100 square meters.
Then mark out the area to be treated and dampen it. The water should remain only on the surface.
Wear thick rubber gloves and open the chlorine container. Take out small portions of the granules and spread them evenly on the damp surface. Avoid walking on the granules, their contact with your skin or inhaling them. Covering your mouth with some light clothing would be the best way to do it.
Now take a garden hose and lightly spray the granules with a fine mist. Keep spraying until the granules just start dissolving. Take care that the spray should not be so heavy that it just washes the granules away.
After waiting for around an hour, just wash the paving off with a strong hose. This will not smell good, much like a public swimming pool, and make sure the children and animals don’t even come near. You should also avoid breathing it.
And this is it. All the moulds will be killed and weeds and moss burned off by the chlorine which gets soaked into the pavers. Everything gets washed off when the paving is hosed in the end. After the whole process, your bricks will end up looking as good and new as they were when they were first laid.
This is a highly efficient method for removing moss, weeds, and moulds from old paving and generally one or two treatments a year are sufficient to keep your paving clean and fresh looking.