Brick, Stone and Paver Washing
Elements of stone and brick are always a lovely addition to a home’s appearance or landscaping. These sturdy yet elegant elements elevate the design and add a sense of permanence. Unfortunately, the effect can be ruined if such elements become dingy with built-up dirt or grime. Professional brick, stone, and paver washing can restore your design elements and give your entire property a fresh face.
Pressure Washing Brick, Stone, and Pavers
Pressure washing is a powerful cleaning technique that uses pressurized water and cleaning agents to remove dirt, grime, mildew, mold, and other contaminants from surfaces. The process, because it is so powerful, requires a keen attention to detail to make sure it is done properly. If pressure settings are too low, the results will be unsatisfactory, but if they are too high, they can cause serious damage to the stone or brick.
Because of the risk, we recommend professional brick, stone, and paver washing services. Making such a priority can boost the curb appeal of your entire property and improve the longevity of the elements in your home’s design. Brick, stone and paver washing can also prepare them to be sealed, which can further extend their lifetimes.
Brick is a beautiful building material and has been used for generations. While it is made to last, it can become dingy when exposed to enough dirt, pollen, or mildew, and these elements can even start to eat away at the brick. Regular brick washing will minimize this risk.
Pressure washing brick requires a great deal of finesse so as to not ruin the materials. Grout doesn’t always hold up well against pressurized water, and you don’t want the water to chip it away. Too much pressure can also remove bricks’ facing material, exposing the pores and causing bricks to absorb too much moisture.
A gentle touch is key. When our Westchester professionals wash brick, we use water pressure settings of 800 psi or lower and keep it moving, never hovering on one spot too long. This provides a deep clean without damaging exterior walls. We also avoid using muriatic acid, which is otherwise common to a deep pressure wash. Milder cleaning solutions are better for brick. We never use wire brushes to further avoid damage.
While cleaning most surfaces improves their appearance, cleaning stone is especially important. Doing so actually enhances stone’s color and texture, enriching the appearance of the entire property. However, in order to protect the stone in your home’s design, we recommend letting the professionals handle your stone washing. The fact remains that stone washing must be done properly to avoid scoring the stone, cutting into it with highly-pressured water.
Stone elements are not always as tough as we like to think, so an experienced hand is recommended to clean them. Our stone washing services can remove elements that mar your stone’s appearance and refresh stone’s color and texture.
Pavers are particularly vulnerable to getting dirty. Dirt tends to accumulate dramatically on pavers, especially if they also serve as walkways. Moss, mold, and weeds can grow between paving stones, and weeds especially can actually cause paver stones to shift out of place. To avoid this, make regular paver washing a priority. This too must be done carefully to have the best results.
Choosing Westchester Power Washing
Do not leave your pressure washing services to chance: seek out the best services in your area. At Westchester Power Washing, we offer pressure cleaning for brick, stone, concrete, slate, composite and wood walls and fences. If you need your brick, stone, and paver washing performed to perfection, give us a call.