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Sealed pavers around a swimming pool

Overview

Pavers can look great in your backyard or around a pool. But over time, they can start to look tired and worn. We'll show you how to give them a good clean and how to seal them, which protects them and extends their lifetime so they'll look great for years to come.

Steps

1Sweep the pavers

The first step is to sweep the pavers to get rid of any leaves or debris.
A person sweeping pavers around a swimming pool

2High-pressure clean the pavers

After sweeping, use a high-pressure washer to finish cleaning the pavers. Make sure you've got your safety gear on when using the high-pressure cleaner.
A person using a high-pressure washer to clean pavers around a swimming pool

3Scrub any persistent stains

If there are still some stains or marks on the pavers, use some sugar soap with a scourer to scrub them clean.
A person pouring sugar soap into a bucket

4Check the pavers are dry

It's important to let the pavers fully dry before applying the sealer. A good tip is to tape a piece of plastic over a section of paver and leave it for two hours. If there's moisture under the plastic, it means the area is too damp to seal. You should then leave it to dry for another day and repeat the test. If you have concrete pavers you may need to apply an etcher before sealing them.
A person taping a piece of plastic over a section of pavers

5Apply the sealer

Give the sealer a good stir before pouring some into the paint tray. Cut in around the edges of the pavers with a brush. Then apply the rest of the sealer with a roller.
A person applying paving sealer with a paint brush

6Apply a second coat

Once the first coat is dry, apply a second coat of sealer if it's needed.
A person applying paving sealer with a roller

7Job done

Now all you need to do is wait a couple of hours for the pavers to dry before you can walk on them.
Sealed pavers around a swimming pool

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.