Spring Cleaning and Maintaining Your Hardscapes - Black Diamond Coatings

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  • Tiles

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  • Grout

    Most traditional grout is a mixture of water, cement, sand, and optional coloring. These grouts based on natural materials are porous, making them susceptible to stains and damage caused by water, liquids, dirt, mold, and bacteria. There are some grouts that are Epoxy-Based though; they are non-porous, easily cleaned and stain-resistant, so they do not need to be sealed.

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  • Stainless Steel

    Stainless steel is an alloy steel that is resistant to rust, corrosion, and heat, making it a popular material in kitchen appliances and backsplashes. There are a number of different types of stainless steel that differ based on the included metals and amounts.

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  • Carpet

    A floor covering made of woven material. Carpet can be made from all-natural fibers like Wool, but they are most commonly made from modern, synthetic blends of Nylon, Polyester or Olefin.

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  • I'm not sure

    Although our DOMINATOR line of sealers work on bare concrete, the surface does not have much color to enhance, thus more often than not the most desirable finish is the natural look of the AQUA X-11.

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What would you liking to do with your --selected-value--?

Are the --selected-value-- polished or glazed?

  • If your --selected-value-- is polished, we do not recommend sealing your surface…

Would you like to enhance the color of your tiles?

  • If your is polished, we do not recommend sealing your surface…

  • If your is polished, we do not recommend sealing your surface…

  • If your is polished, we do not recommend sealing your surface…

Do you want to add shine or a matte finish?

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Scroll through the thumbnails for each surface listed and click on the (i) icon for more information to help decide what type of surface you have. Please don’t hesitate to call and chat if you are unsure.

  • Concrete Pavers

    Decorative pavers cast from cement come in a wide variety of looks and sizes that can sometimes mimic natural stone or brick. They can be porous or dense, depending on the manufacturing methods and aggregate used. Check with us if you’re uncertain about your surface.

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  • Decorative Concrete

    Also referred to as Stamped or Stained, Decorative Concrete is either poured like a traditional slab and then treated with additional decorative touches before the concrete dries – adding texture, dimension and color; or, it can be created as an overlay on an existing concrete surface. Porosity can vary, depending on post-installation treatment.

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  • Bare Concrete

    This is the standard concrete of your Driveway, Sidewalk, or plain patio slab. Broomed finishes can be porous or dense (e.g., higher strength mixes are denser); smooth troweled finishes typically make the surface denser; and a polished concrete surface can be very dense and should be treated like Natural Stone.

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  • Natural Stone

    The most popular Natural Stone surfaces include Flagstone, Fieldstone, and Bluestone. Natural stone can vary in hardness and density, so be sure to check with us if you’re using something less common.

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  • Travertine

    A type of Natural Stone, Travertine comes a in a wide variety of soft, natural colors; this stone is very dense.

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  • Aggregate

    Aggregate (or Exposed Aggregate) surfaces can include a variety of additional materials pressed into cement-based pavers – pebbles, glass, shells, and more; or traditional exposed aggregate concrete exposes the aggregate mixture through a chemical process.

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  • Clay Pavers/Fired Bricks

    This includes clay-based bricks, Chicago brick pavers (also called Burnt Clay) and Saultilo Tiles, which are unglazed clay tiles. If your “bricks” are primarily sand lime or cement instead of clay, please give us a call for specific advice.

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  • Faux Stone

    Also known as Synthetic, Manufactured or Veneer, Faux Stone is typically used as stacked stone to mimic popular natural stone colors, textures, and patterns, but they are instead made from molded concrete. Polypropylene (plastic) faux stone tiles do not need to be sealed.

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  • Mulch

    Mulch is used to conserve soil moisture, inhibit weeds, and increase the visual appeal of landscaped area. The most common types are Pine Bark, Pine Straw, Cypress Bark and Rubber Mulch.

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  • I’m not sure

    Although our DOMINATOR line of sealers work on bare concrete, the surface does not have much color to enhance, thus more often than not the most desirable finish is the natural look of the AQUA X-11.

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Grout

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What would you like to do with your --selected-value-- surface

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What type of finish would you like on your surface?

Please note that different surfaces will naturally produce different amounts of gloss. Darker and smoother surfaces will produce a much higher gloss than lighter, more porous surfaces.

  • High Gloss/Wet look

    This finish will add a high sheen and will provide your surface with a color-enhancing wet look (as if you sprayed your pavers, concrete, or stone with water).

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  • Low Gloss/Satin Look

    This finish will add a low sheen and will provide your surface with a color-enhancing wet look (as if you sprayed your pavers, concrete, or stone with water).

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  • No Gloss/Wet Look

    This finish will not add shine, instead it will provide your surface with a color-enhancing wet look (as if you sprayed your pavers, concrete, or stone with water).

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  • Natural Finish

    Although our DOMINATOR line of sealers work on bare concrete, the surface does not have much color to enhance, thus more often than not the most desirable finish is the natural look of the AQUA X-11.

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    Although our DOMINATOR line of sealers work on bare concrete, the surface does not have much color to enhance, thus more often than not the most desirable finish is the natural look of the AQUA X-11.

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Grout

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Are your joints between 1/8 of an inch and 4 inches in width?

Please note: In joints narrower than 1/8 of an inch, the sand does not have enough room in the joint to create a strong bond. In joints wider than 4 inches, there is too much surface area

Do you have at least one inch of depth in the joints?

Please note: When there is not at least one inch of depth in the joint, there will not be enough sand present in the joint to create a strong lasting bond.

  • If your is polished, we do not recommend sealing your surface…

Do you have a base underneath the pavers that allows for good drainage?

Proper sloping and drainage should be used as necessary. Polymeric sand is not for use on constantly wet or submerged surfaces. Click here for more info.

  • If your is polished, we do not recommend sealing your surface…

Do you have any areas where water runoff is present?

A large amount of water in one concentrated area from water runoff has the ability to wear down the sand over time and can even cause wash-out.

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by Heather Warren 3 min read

Winter is retreating and spring has sprung which means your outdoor space is ready for a deep spring cleaning! Besides the regular landscaping and lawn maintenance to clear out winter mess and prep your yard for spring, your hardscape will also need attention. Northern winters and the southern sun can do a lot of wear and tear to your hardscapes in one season. Hardscapes made of pavers, stones or concrete can absorb salt, dirt, weeds, mold, mildew, oil and grease.

Neglecting annual maintenance and cleaning of hardscapes can result in hard stains that can decrease the value of your property over time. Not only is it important to clean these hardscapes thoroughly, but many hardscapes should be sealed to protect them from harsh weather conditions throughout the year that cause staining and fading. This is all very important to do to your hardscapes, but where do you begin? Here are the steps to clean, maintain, and protect your hardscape this spring. And if your time is at a premium, then a professional hardscape or landscape contractor may be your answer!

REPAIRING

A visual inspection of your hardscape is needed to spot dipped pavers, cracked concrete and stones which should be repaired or replaced. Mold or mildew will develop naturally with weather, but there could be an increase if the hardscape material is being soaked with water by sprinklers or downspouts. If the placement of these items can be changed, it will help prevent the additional buildup of the mold and mildew.

CLEANING

After your visual inspection, make your plan of attack. It is time to start scrubbing! Here is a guide to start cleaning your hardscape. Be sure to wear safety glasses and protective clothing before you get started.

  • Pull any weeds that have taken up residence in the cracks, roots and all. Use a weed inhibitor to keep those foes at bay.
  • Give a good sweep to remove all large surface debris.
  • If there is mold or mildew on your hardscape, choose the type of cleaner for your surface.
    • A mixture of one-part bleach to 10 parts water can be sprayed onto the surface. Give the bleach at least 10 minutes to work its magic before rinsing. Remember that bleach can damage your landscaping, soil pH, and anything else it contacts.
    • If you prefer an environmentally friendly product, use a premium cleaner and degreaser that is also safe for your surfaces such as Black Diamond Coatings THE BOSS to remove grease, oil, and dirt. Use a stiff broom or brush on the area to remove the mold and mildew.
    • After either of these steps above, use a high pressure power washer and/or a scrubber to thoroughly rinse the surfaces, being careful to not damage the surface with the pressure.
Cleaning pavers with a scrubber
  • If sand is needed between the pavers, now is the perfect time to refill. Make sure to keep the sand 1/8” below the edges of the pavers, using a combination of a broom and a blower to get the excess sand off of the surface.

It definitely takes a good deal of elbow grease to clean your hardscape each spring, which is why it may be a good option to have a professional contractor complete the outdoor refresh for you. The contractor can provide the proper cleaning equipment for your pavers, concrete or stones. Let the contractor know if you prefer a cleaner that is safe for the environment and your surfaces.

Sand below the paver top where it is supposed to be

SEALING

If your hardscape products need to be further refreshed and easier to maintain, ask your contractor to seal them with a high quality commercial grade sealer for the appropriate surfaces. Sealing your surface can be a little more complex than cleaning it, although don’t discount the importance of proper cleaning preparation to ensure proper sealer adhesion.

A professional hardscape contractor is a smart choice to perform both the cleaning and sealing process of your surfaces with the best high quality commercial sealer products for your hardscapes. The sealing process offers you the options of restoring the hardscapes to “good as new” while freshening their appearance. This process will also help keep your hardscapes beautiful and easier to maintain in the future.

Pavers after being sealed

Most commercial grade sealers don’t require annual resealing, so on these off-years, simple light cleaning and washing with a hose will do the trick.
Once a year spring maintenance of pavers, stones, and concrete with high quality, commercial products will provide you continual years of enjoyment of the beauty of your outside hardscape areas.

For more information, please contact us:

Office: 800-270-4050  |  Email: info@BlackDiamondCoatings.com

Heather Warren
Heather Warren

Heather Warren, the company's Vice President, has worked within the building products industry for more than 15 years. Since 2014, Heather has led the marketing and sales for Black Diamond Coatings. The company culture is shaped by Heather's philosophy to not be satisfied by the status quo. You'll find Heather working on a DIY project on many weekends and spending time with her family on their farm.


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