Are you a coffee drinker, do you eat your meals on your patio, do you entertain on it, or do you just like to sit quietly and read a book on it? Whatever you choose to do, your patio must be protected from the elements of the weather as well as general wear and tear so that it can last for years to come. A common way of doing this is by applying Euco Diamond Hard : Euclid Concrete Sealer over the top of your paving slabs and patio, which will keep them looking smart year after year. The process is not too complicated and does not take long, so it should not hold you back from giving your patio or driveway a fresh new look!
Here are some easy steps to sealing block paving slabs and patios.
Clean Patios And Pavers Before Sealing Them
Clean your paving slabs and patio thoroughly with a high-pressure steam cleaner before sealing. If you do not have a steam cleaner, use a hosepipe to spray off as much dirt and debris from your patio or pavers as possible. Once cleaned, allow to dry for 1-2 days, so there is no moisture on your paving slabs and patio. Moisture left on paving slabs will prevent oil stains from visible after sealing pavers/tiles.
Check The Weather And Temperature
You need to check that it is not raining for at least two days, or if you have covered paving, you need to make sure there are no overhanging trees that could drip and cause wet patches on your patio. Also, if it has been really hot recently, make sure that it will not be cold overnight (below 5 degrees C). Ideally, wait until at least a week of warm weather.
Dress Protectively And Consider Masking
When it comes to sealing block paving slabs and patio, you can’t underestimate safety. Consider wearing a mask, protective clothing (including long sleeves, pants, rubber gloves), and glasses. The sealant on freshly laid concrete is very caustic to the skin and eyes, so protecting yourself is essential! Also, wear sturdy shoes, so you don’t slip or fall. You may also want to invest in some good rubber gloves so that your hands are protected too.
Perform A Test In A Small Area
You need to perform a test in a small area of your patio or driveway. The reason for doing this is that you want to make sure that it doesn’t discolor any nearby plants, leaves, or grass and doesn’t damage your paving slabs or block paving. The best way to do this is by using masking tape around 6 inches away from where you are spraying.
Apply The Paving Sealant
Application of sealant is a vital step to ensuring that your paving slabs and patio will be protected from a variety of environmental factors. Sealants are available in many different colours and textures, making it easy to match your existing style. Use a paintbrush to work the paving sealant into every corner of each slab, ensuring that no area is missed.
Apply A Second Coat Of Pavement Sealant
The final step is to apply a second coat of sealant over your newly sealed paving slabs and patio. Be sure to leave a few set hours before adding any furniture to avoid direct contact with them.
Allow To Dry For 2 To 3 Hours
Leave it overnight to cure for 2 To 3 Hours, and then enjoy your finished patio for years to come!