Moss and winter. They’re the perfect couple. Like two souls meant to be, they find solace in one another, forming an everlasting bond.

The result? A slippery green blanket covering your pavers.

We all love a bit of green in our gardens, but not when it becomes a safety hazard or makes your house look messy and uncared for. Not only does moss make your outdoor entertaining area look untidy, but it can also make your paths and concrete surfaces slippery. It pays to remove moss from pavers as soon as it appears. And there’s a time of year you’ll achieve the best results and get more value for money.

How do I remove moss from my pavers?

Have you ever wondered how moss just seems to magically appear on your outdoor pavers? Different moss types grow at different rates, with some growing as quickly as six weeks. Moss thrives in damp, shady areas where it can take hold and spread to its heart’s content. It’s also a bit of a sneaky agent. Even when you think you’ve eradicated it by removing the top layer, underground, its spores are busy plotting their next eruption.

There are a few ways to remove moss from your pavers. It just takes a little time and preparation.

  1. Remove any weeds or grass growing through the paver joints.
  2. Sweep away leaves, dirt, and debris with a stiff-bristle brush.
  3. Wet the area down.
  4. Use the correct store-bought cleaning product for your pavers or make your own solution using warm water and mild dishwashing detergent to prevent paver damage — leave to soak for 30 minutes. You can also sprinkle with baking soda or use white vinegar and leave on overnight. Keep in mind you may need to do this more than once, and it can be labour-intensive. Also, check the paver type before using a homemade solution. White vinegar will damage certain surfaces, like limestone.
  5. Brush the solution and pavers with a stiff-bristle brush.
  6. Hose down the area thoroughly. Make sure the area is well drained so no moisture accumulates.

Ongoing maintenance after moss removal

Once you’ve removed the moss from your pavers, regular maintenance can help save time and money in the long run.

  • Remember, moss loves damp, shady areas (the sun is moss’s kryptonite), so trim back overhanging vegetation to allow maximum sunlight exposure if possible.
  • Ensure your patio and pavers are well drained to prevent moisture build-up.
  • Regularly sweep away leaves to prevent them from accumulating and trapping moisture.
  • Remove weeds growing through cracks to prevent trapped moisture.
  • Spot-check and remove small patches of moss when it starts to grow.

Will high-pressure cleaning damage my pavers?

High-pressure cleaning can effectively get rid of moss without causing harm to your pavers. But you do need to know what you’re doing. When using a high-pressure cleaner to remove moss from your pavers, you need to be careful. Too much pressure can damage pavers and remove the sand in between. So, if you’re not familiar with pressure cleaning, it may be best to enlist the help of an expert. With the right equipment and technique, professionals can remove the moss without damaging your pavers.

    When’s the best time of year to remove moss from pavers?

    Cleaning your pavers in winter delivers better results and provides more value for money. Why? Because during winter, while most of us hibernate indoors, all snug and cosy, outside moss is having a party, growing and multiplying like there’s no tomorrow.

    In summer, organisms go into hibernation, digging deep underground. So when you clean moss from the surface, it only wipes out the top layer, leaving the stubborn spores hidden deep underground. Waiting to come to life in winter.

    Pressure cleaning your pavers in winter delivers a more thorough clean and can save money in the long run. 

    So, what are the benefits of keeping your pavers clean?

    • Regular cleaning helps keep your pavers looking their best and reduce future moss growth, helping extend your paver’s lifespan.
    • Moss can make pavers slippery, so for safety reasons, it’s best to not let it take hold, especially in high foot-traffic areas.
    • Spot checks and regular maintenance means you spend less time and money in the long run.
    • Pressure cleaning your pavers in winter can deliver better results and save you money.

    Need help removing moss from your pavers?

    If you’re tired of trying to keep on top of your paver cleaning, or you just prefer to stay warm inside during the chilly months, call us. The team at Roof to Floor Maintenance is experienced in removing moss from paths and patios. We’ll look at your pavers and let you know how to clean them.

    After a quote? Follow these simple steps:

    1. Head to our site and request a quote.
    2. Enter your contact details.
    3. Let us know how we can help – a brief outline of what you’d like cleaned with a size estimate is all we need.
    4. Photos would be a great help but don’t worry if you can’t upload any. If you don’t have photos, we can sometimes get an idea of the job size from Google Street View if we have an address.
    5. Or, call us on 0412 204 645 or email admin@rooftofloormaintenance.com.au.

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