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Cleaning Brick drives

 Nowadays, cleaning brick drives is becoming more common as it seems that every new house builder is choosing to lay block paving on the drives on their housing estates.

 

 There is no doubt that when freshly laid these drives are very impressive with the contrasting colours of the new bricks.
 But over a number of years these bright colours fade under the everyday grime and the build up of algae and moss.

The time comes when these block paving drives need cleaning. So what are the best ways of cleaning brick drives?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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(1) Using a pressure washer


 

 If you do not have a pressure washer, you can rent them for a week-end quite reasonably.

 

 But it is important to make sure the rental company has a tool called a whirly-gig.This is a rotary pressure washing tip contained within a circular body and on 4 wheels.

 The tip spins around and cleans a circular patch from 12 to 18 inch depending on the size you have, and as the tip is contained within the body of the whirly-gig, there is much less overspray to deal with.

 

Believe me, this tool will speed up the clean, and save you a great deal of back-ache.

 If you just use the pressure washing lance provided with the machine, you will find that this will strip out a good deal of sand from the joints and this will need replacing when you have finished.

 But also this sand will be spread all around your garden and deposited on all of your walls and windows, meaning that these will all need cleaning when you have finished your drive.

Cleaning Block paving


  •  You might need a dustbin to act as a reservoir tank, if your water pressure is not very high.
  •  To do this you would place a hose pipe into the dustbin and allow it to fill up, then place the feed pipe from the pressure washer into the dustbin.

 

You will certainly need an old set of clothes or a pair of water-proofs, as cleaning this way can be quite messy.

 When using lances, it is best to use a support belt that helps to take the weight of the lance and also helps to control the whip when you apply the pressure.

 After using the whiry-gig you will notice there are some areas that it has not been able to reach, this is where you use the lance.

 Cleaning Brick paths

You will need to wash off the excess sand from the drive using this lance.
Don't wash this sand down your drains, bag it up and let it dry. You might be able to re-use it, once it has dried off.

 If you intend to re-sand the joints or to seal the blocks with a water-proofing chemical, you will need to let the drive thoroughly dry out.

 To re-sand, wait for a dry day, and simply brush the sand into the joints,using a soft bristled brush, working your way up and down the drive.

 If you intend to seal the drive, do this after you have re-sanded the joints.

 Again you need to do this when the drive is dry.

 

 

 

 

 


 

(2) Using Nano Technology

 

According to the adverts it is as simple as buying your Nano spray and applying it to the surface.

 You will need to check out the amount you will need to complete the whole drive .

 

Once applied this new technology is supposed to clean the blocks and seal them, all in one application.

 As this is fairly new to the U.K. I have not had the chance to road test it. (excuse the pun)

 So I can not say what kind of results you are likely to get.

 

If you have extensive drives this could be an expensive way of cleaning the drives due to the chemical costs.

 

 

 

 

 

(3) Using cleaning chemicals

 

 These cleaning chemicals are fast-acting to remove even the most stubborn soiling with ease.

They are also ideal for cleaning garden furniture such as sun loungers and for removing algae and dirt build up

They can also be used in pressure washers for added cleaning power.

Apply these chemicals diluted to the correct level to your brick drives and leave for several hours (check the containers for precise timing) then using a garden hose you can wash the residue away.

It might be necessary to use a stiff brush in conjunction with the chemicals to achieve the best results.

I would make certain that you keep children and pets away from this area until after you have completed this method of cleaning brick drives.


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