Regular Maintenance and Deep Cleaning If Necessary
CLEANING ADVICE GRES PORCELAIN PAVERS
GENERAL DIRT AND DEBRIS
When trying to remove dirt and detritus, the recommended way is by regular brushing. If by any chance the color of the paving becomes masked, we suggest scrubbing it with warm water and an acid-free detergent either by hand or by/with a domestic cleaner.
There is no assurance that the Gres Porcelain Paver surface will be weed-free.
However, it is very rare for the weeds to grow through the Gres Porcelain Paver edge joints. Weeds can easily be pulled off the joints of the paving by hand. By removing the weed from the joints in the paving, some of the sand may be removed, and should be replaced as soon as the cleaning process is finished.
Regular trafficking by wheels or by foot can reduce the ability of the weeds to take over the area.
But in the less visited areas there are a few techniques to limit the possibility for them to grow:
Cutting the grass regularly disturbs emerging weeds and gets rid of them before they can establish themselves.
Using herbicides can be very effective at killing existing weeds and preventing them from growing for a period of weeks or even months. Using products that have been distinctively developed for use with paving or in gardens, since general herbicides may kill everything.
Using power washers in a correct way can help to preserve the paving and keep it in good condition, however it is suggested to use a spraying movement when holding the power lance at a narrow angle, not directing the power lance directly on to the joints.
Stains that cannot be removed with the techniques stated above may require the use of specific acid cleaning treatments to remove them. However chemical cleaners must be used with great care, taking into consideration the percentage of acid concentration in the cleaners.
Based on the seasonal changes we have created a guide to help you maintain the porcelain paver slabs according to the different seasons.
In spring, after the winter months it is recommended to give the slabs a thorough clean after the winter months and ensure that all of the joints have remained intact.
During the summer, as the use of the paved area may increase in those months, regular checks are advisable. In the autumn months, trees and shrubbery will start to lose their leaves, it is best to keep the paved area clear from leaves, fruit and berries.
During winter the outdoor paved will receive very minimal use, it is best to remove any deposit such as snow and ice, as they can be dangerous when walking. It is very common for homeowners to use de-icing salts to facilitate their access to their property.
As an alternative, other de-icing materials may be used, such as purer marine salt, it is non-toxic but corrosive to steel and aluminum and can be harmful to vegetation, leaving a white residue on the pavement.