If you are a contractor or a client, here is the information that you need to know:
YOU ARE A CLIENT
Check with your provincial authorities to find out about current recommendations for renovation projects. In some parts of Canada, contractors are allowed to present quotes and carry out renovation projects starting in the upcoming days and weeks.
For example, in Quebec, all renovation projects will be allowed to start on May 11th 2020. In Ontario and Alberta, there is no set date for construction and home renovations to be relaunched. As such, strict guidelines are still in order. Please consult your provincial government website for specific information.
In the meantime, RenoQuotes is here to put you in touch with our network of contractors. We encourage clients and contractors to follow the rules and guidelines enforced by provincial authorities.
Consult our article for tips on how to organize your project remotely: How to Receive Quotes Remotely
Be sure to check out the following article for general information about renovations during this extraordinary situation: Renovation projects in the time of COVID-19
YOU ARE A CONTRACTOR
Guidelines vary from one province to another. As the information is changing daily, we encourage you to consult your local government website for specific information.
In any case, you will have to adapt your practices when presenting quotes and carrying out the work. In some areas, only remote communications are permitted. For advice on how to present a quote remotely, check out this article: 3 tips to present quotes remotely
If you meet with a client in person and start working on a project, strict hygiene and social distancing measures must be adopted. Here's another article that could interest you: What you need to know about construction sites reopening
Do you need financial help for your renovation company? Check out this article: Guide to financial assistance programs for Canadian businesses
Last modified: 2020-02-21 | Approximate reading time 5 mins
Concrete pavers lock together neatly in place, adding a beautifully decorative element to the landscaping or driveway of any home. Pavers are manufactured specifically to eliminate stormwater runoff in all climates, so not only do they look great, but they also serve a significant purpose.
Since they sit outside day and night, and deal with constant wear and tear of the changing weather, driving vehicles and stomping feet, they require a proper cleaning. Even though they appear tough, paver stones are delicate things that must be washed correctly so that they maintain lustre and colour. If your driveway is embellished with paver stones, RenoQuotes.com is offering you ways to give them a solid clean and update!
Cleaning your pavers correctly will vary depending on the material of the stone, so make sure to test out a small area with the cleaning method you choose before going forward on the entire paved surface.
Before you begin cleaning, make sure to prepare the surrounding area by clearing off any furniture and plants that might be resting on the stones. Also, cover or remove all metal objects, as there is a chance they could be tarnished in the cleaning process.
Look for and brush away any moss and weeds that have accumulated between paver joints, as leaving weeds unattended will shift pavers apart over time. It is recommended that you periodically apply a granular weed preventative product between joints as part of your paver routine.
If you are finding that the growth cannot be removed by hand, use weed killer. Try to choose an environmentally-friendly brand and something that does not have harsh chemicals in case it damages the stones. Unfortunately, if you use any form of weed killer, it is important to wait weeks before moving forward with cleaning your pavers.
Following the removal of weeds in the area, hose down pavers to prepare them for cleaning. Be careful to clean them gently, as using any form of high water pressure will damage the pavers and cause them to deteriorate as well as exposing the aggregate on the pavers' surface.
However, the pavers need to be slightly wet before you can move on to the next steps.
As we stated earlier, depending on the material of the stone, the cleaning solution you choose may vary. However, there are a few tried and true DIY options that will work on most materials.
The simplest method is found in our home's kitchen. Make your way under the sink and grab that soap you use to wash dishes. Regular dish soap works as a degreasing detergent, and can easily remove most stains found on pavers.
Mix the soap in a very large bucket of water to make a cleaning solution that is made from just soap and water. Then grab a clean, stiff bristle brush to scrub the dirty pavers.
Work in small areas at a time, making sure to be extra precise, move the brush in small circular motions to remove the stains.
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Another at home method for cleaning pavers is also found in your kitchen. Go to your cupboard and grab some white vinegar. This natural disinfectant does an excellent job cleaning and is also an environmentally friendly option that won't ruin the surrounding vegetation.
However, avoid dark vinegar, as you risk the possibility of further staining your pavers depending on how porous the material. Let the white vinegar and water solution soak on the stone for 1 hour, then gently scrub away the stains in the same manner that we suggested previously.
Whenever possible, try to avoid chemical treatments, as many of these are highly toxic and can be a risk to children, pets or surrounding vegetation. There are definitely environmentally-friendly options out there, so if you've got some tougher stains and want to invest in a paver cleaner, check your local hardware store for chemical free and eco-friendly choices.
Also, the harsher the chemicals, the more likely a chance that the colour of stones fade or materials disintegrates.
If you are finding there are tougher stains on pavers, such as tire marks from your car or excess oil, these can be cleaned off with a rubber remover or a granular oil absorbent, also found at your local hardware store. Make sure that if you are cleaning a spill, it should be soaked up and not rubbed, as rubbing will drive the stain deeper into the paver.
Following cleaning, hose the pavers thoroughly, as built-up film will need to be removed. Although it is not recommended, if
If you are concerned that you lost a significant amount of sand in the cleaning process and feel it needs a touch-up, go ahead and replace the sand between the paving stones.
Sweep the sand over the paved surface with a dry/stiff bristled broom, pour sand and sweep over the pavers until the joints are filled. Following this, use a misting or very light hose setting to mist water over stones.
Remember to keep in mind that the joints between pavers are the most sensitive areas, so do not saturate pavers, as the sand-bedding will deteriorate and cause the stones to do the same.
It is also recommended that you use a sealer following cleansing, as this will make future cleaning ventures much easier. Further, it enhances the colour and helps to maintain the appearance of stones over a long period.
However, do not apply a sealer more than once in three years, as too many applications can create a film on the surface of the stones, and it may discolour in the sunlight.
Author: Amanda Harvey
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