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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

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. 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 or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.