Here's a general winter checklist for maintaining paving stones:
- Remove any debris, leaves, or dirt from the surface of the paving stones. Use a broom or leaf blower to clear the area.
- If there are any stains, clean them using a mild detergent or specialized stone cleaner. Avoid harsh chemicals that could damage the stones.
- If your Cambridge paving stones have a sealer, check its condition. Sealers help protect the stones from the harsh winter elements. If the sealer is worn or damaged, consider reapplying it according to the manufacturer's recommendations.
- Weed Control:
- Inspect the joints between the paving stones for any weeds. Remove them manually or use an appropriate weed killer. Preventing weed growth will help maintain the aesthetic appeal of the paved area.
- Repairing Damages:
- Check for any cracked or damaged paving stones. Replace or repair them as needed to prevent further deterioration.
- Snow and Ice Removal:
- Use a plastic snow shovel or a snow blower to remove snow from the paved area. Avoid metal shovels or tools that could scratch or damage the surface.
- Use calcium chloride or sand for ice control. Avoid using rock salt or de-icing agents that may harm the paving stones.
- Avoid Harsh Chemicals:
- Be cautious with any chemicals used for snow and ice removal. Some substances can damage the paving stones, so choose products that are safe for use on your specific type of stones.
- Avoid Heavy Equipment:
- Avoid using heavy equipment, such as snowplows with metal blades, directly on the paved area to prevent damage.
- Regular Inspections:
- Periodically inspect the paved area throughout the winter season to address any issues promptly.
Remember to refer to the specific care and maintenance guidelines provided by Cambridge Paving Stones.