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Paving Care and Cleaning Guidelines

Consistent maintenance, care and adoption of effective cleaning practices will significantly improve the overall visual appeal of your paving.
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Proper Jointing Practice

If the jointing material has settled or washed out, sweep additional jointing sand over the paved surface to top up the joints. In areas where grouting continuously washes out of the joints, a stabilised jointing material should be used. Speak to Capestone about approved jointing solutions. Do not use cement grouting to try and fix the problem.

Damaged or Poor Fitment

Addressing the underlying issue leading to movement is crucial. The settling of the foundational layers often serves as a primary cause for pavement failure. Regardless of the specific reason, thorough investigation and appropriate actions should be taken before considering the replacement or adjustment of the paving units. In case of any damage to the paving, it is possible to replace specific blocks.

Inspecting Your Paving

Inspect your paving a month after installation and then on a bi-annual basis. This is done to check for any loose, damaged or stained paving, and to ensure that the jointing material is intact.

Insufficient Jointing Material

If the jointing material has become displaced or eroded, apply an additional layer of jointing sand by sweeping it across the paved surface to refill the joints. In cases where grouting consistently washes out from the joints, it is recommended to utilise a stabilised jointing material.

Routine Maintenance

For the upkeep and maintenance of your paving, consistent hosing and sweeping are essential not only to maintain its cleanliness but also to prevent weed growth. To eliminate general dirt and debris, it is advisable to hose down the paving regularly and sweep using a stiff outdoor broom or a mechanical sweeper. In the case of soiled paving, it is recommended to utilize a specialized cleaner. Ensure thorough rinsing of all chemicals from the surface after cleaning, and redirect the runoff water to designated drainage points or containers for safe disposal.

Power hoses have the potential to displace jointing sand and cause harm to the grouting between pavers. To safeguard the integrity of the paving, it is recommended to adjust the spray nozzle to its widest setting and aim the spray at an angle, refraining from direct contact with the joints.


Weeds primarily sprout from seeds and bird droppings that settle within the jointing sand. Consistent hosing and sweeping of the paved surface serve as effective preventive measures against weed growth.

Paving stains

Paving stains can be caused by a variety of things, including oil, grease, food, beverages, dirt, and even pet urine. The best way to clean a paving stain depends on the type of stain and the severity of the staining. For fresh oil or grease stains, it is important to act quickly. Blot up as much of the stain as possible with a clean cloth or paper towel. Then, apply a mild detergent or degreaser to the stain and scrub it with a brush. Rinse the area with clean water and dry it with a towel.

For more stubborn stains, you may need to use a stronger cleaning solution. A commercial paving cleaner or a mixture of bleach and water can be effective in removing these types of stains. However, it is important to test the cleaning solution in an inconspicuous area first to make sure that it does not damage the paving. Once you have removed the stain, it is important to seal the paving to prevent future staining. A clear sealant will help to protect the paving from water, oil, and other substances.

By following these principles, you can ensure that your paving installation will last for many years to come.

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