Nick Tabick

Broker

Cleaning Your Hardscapes

By John Voket

 

In our last report, I began examining the value and enhancement homeowners can bring to their hardscapes - driveways, patios, pool decks, walkways and many other applications - through proper protection and sealing.

But before you seal, homeowners must be sure their hardscapes are properly cleaned and prepped. The folks at Illinois based Surebond, a manufacturer of joint stabilizers, sealers, cleaners and adhesives for most hardscape installations, offer the following advice before you clean:

ALWAYS TEST FIRST - Choose an inconspicuous spot to test before carrying out a full cleaning.

ACT QUICKLY - Attacking a stain as soon as possible reduces the likelihood of it setting into the surface.

WORK UP THE SLOPE - Starting at the bottom of a sloped pavement allows cleaning fluids to drain down.

Now it's time to get down to business: