Most times people are content with the thought that stone hardscaping needs little or no maintenance. It is easy to have that mindset but this should not be the case. This is because these materials are compact and seem indestructible so many people think that they can survive on their own without any care applied to them. But they need to know that these materials are still faced with the elements which take their toll on them so they need care to continue to retain the glory that they had in the past. One good thing people should know is that maintaining a hardscape is not a difficult or laborious activity. The author has outlined some steps that need to be followed to maintain the hardscape. The first step to do is to regularly clean the stone and keep debris off from the hardscape. On an everyday basis, one can do a thorough sweeping of most of the debris using a broom. Also, one should regularly spray the stones with a hose to keep them clean. One thing to consider also is that during winter, leaves and flowers that have fallen from trees can leave stains on the stones. These stains can be removed from the stones by scrubbing them with water and detergent. Other suggestions on keeping the hardscape clean are outlined in the blog.
- Although paving stones, sidewalk surfaces and retainer walls hold up better over the long-term better than many man-made surfaces, they are not indestructible.
- To help prevent wear and tear to your paving stones, keep them clean with regular washing.
- Use a hose, or pressure washer. And do not let detritus, like fallen leaves, remain indefinitely on your hardscape.
“But, the elements still take their toll on your hardscape, and this stonework will deteriorate without proper care.”