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How to clean pavers – and the secret(s) to a long lasting clean!

How to clean pavers | Paver Cleaner Products and Paver Sealer Products

Learn how to clean pavers and restore your patio's shine!

We explain the physical and application properties of paver cleaners and sealers that we offer.

While you are looking around at your newly installed pavers or patio stones - you may notice that they have quickly weathered; especially with the humid weather elements and lots of foliage on Long Island. If you're wondering how to clean patio pavers, we're here to help you get it done correctly the first time to restore that new flair and value. Whether it be the driveway, backyard, walkways or patio; we have the products to get it done.


Paver Cleaners

1. Efflorescence - Cleaning White Stains off Pavers

 

If you are noticing white stains on your pavers, we have a way to clean it off using an efflorescence cleaner. Efflorescence is when salt gets pulled out of the pores to the surface of a stone. It occurs when water leaves behind deposits on the masonry surface and can be extremely difficult to remove. The Alliance Gator Efflorescence Cleaner will surely remove these unsightly stains. 1 gallon treats 200 sq. ft. It comes in two sizes, 1 gallon and 5 gallons.

2. Shampoo - Cleaning dirt and algae in pavers

 

It can be a dull look to see your patio getting stained by dirt from traffic, rain, snow, and nearby trees. You can remove the dirt from these porous stone surfaces surface of a stone using Alliance Gator Shampoo will surely remove these unsightly stains. 1 gallon treats 375 sq. ft. It comes in two sizes, 1 gallon and 5 gallons.

3. Paver Rust Remover - Remove stubborn rust stains

 

Stubborn rust stains on pavers can be an eyesore. This product surely removes rust stains commonly found on bluestone and flagstone - but can be found on any stone. Rust comes from iron-containing hard water that sits on the stone, or a piece of metal that stained the stone.  Using Alliance Gator Rust Remover you can remove paver rust stains. No muriatic acid. Comes in 1 gallon sizes.

4. Paver Oil and Grease Remover - Oil Spill Paver Cleaner & Grease Remover

 

Gator Clean XP Oil and Grease Remover easily removes tough stains such as motor oil, cooking oil & grease. Just shake the bottle, spread it on the stain, let it dry, and sweep it up. Use it on concrete, brick and stone. Gator Clean XP Oil and Grease Remover is biodegradable and phosphate-free. Shake it, Spread it (let it dry), Sweep it!

5. Rubber, Paint, and Tar Remover - Remove stubborn sticky tar, paint, and rubber from pavers

 

Gator Clean Rubber, Paint and Tar Remover +1 is effective in removing rubber, paint and tar from the surface of concrete pavers and natural stones. Furthermore, it could be used to emulsify some sealers and could be used as a cleaning agent when using a bonding agent such as Gator Rock Bond.

Paver Sealers

Add a protective layer to your pavers and natural stone to defend them from the elements

Adding a sealer to your pavers allows acrylic-based polymers to coat and penetrate your concrete pavers - reducing oil and dirt penetration that makes it easy to wash away. It also protects your stones from corrosion of de-icing salt, ice expansion, and snow corrosion. These products are specifically formulated to be used on unsealed surfaces only.  They come in a variety of satin and glossy. All of them come in a gallon or 5 gallon choice.  If you have previously sealed your patio, you will want to skip to the paver sealer stripper products below, otherwise check out this paver re-sealer product.

No-Gloss Options

Low Gloss Options

Wet Look Options

Paver Sealer Strippers

Paver Sealer Stripper Solutions

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How to choose stones for masonry

How to choose stones for Masonry – 5 Rules For Outdoor Masonry Projects

How do you choose the perfect scheme of a patio or walkway to go with your home? How to choose stones for masonry: there are quite a few things to think about; although you might just want to choose what color compliments your idea of a perfect hardscape. Hardscapes are basically anything outdoors that involves adding stone to enhance the look and increase the value of your yard. With our experience since 1980, 9 Brothers has been innovating with the latest products in outdoor designs for modern and traditional looks. So let's get straight to the point of how to choose stones for masonry projects you have coming!
  1. Choose a color that compliments, but not contradicts the property It's easy to love a color; but when we think about it, we try to suggest what will compliment the property and add actual value to it. If your home is a darker gray or black color, natural blue stone would look best with your property. Bluestone is considered a universal stone that has a medium range value with high results. It's comfortable to walk on and easy to clean with tons of shaping options. It's also a hard, but fragile stone that can chip away easily.
  2. High maintenance or low maintenance? Most stones and pavers require regular maintenance since they are prone to weather conditions; extreme in some cases. For a low maintenance stone, choose natural stone, that is less porous and can easily be sealed and power washed. If you prefer a more structured appearance with a clean look, paver bricks are your choice. Paving stones are usually cut and shaped to lay the stones in an array of patterns or a straight grid for a sleek appearance.
  3. Natural Stone or Manufactured Stone? If you're wondering the difference between the two; natural stone is taken straight from the mountains via explosives and shaped by hand or machine. These rocks are not created in a factory and have a much higher value than manufactured stone. Manufactured stone allows for the similar qualities of natural stone, but with a plethora of options in colors, shapes, and sizes. Manufactured stone usually creates the perfect look; however the value of the rock is not the same. Modern manufactured stone is not too distinguishable from natural stone, and can pass off as valuable stones. Natural stone also weathers less compared to manufactured stone. Doing yearly maintenance by pressure washing all stones and sealing them will make them last an indefinite amount of time if installed properly.
  4. Choose stones to compliment an area If you want to delegate separate areas around the yard, great! We carry a ton of selections from different brands so that you can easily create a 'seamless' backyard experience without losing out on unique areas of your design. We make it easy; as a distributor of our brands, you can order from multiple channels and have your stones delivered together for your outdoor project. With choices like Cambridge, Nicolock, Unilock, and Techo-Bloc, and more, you're sure to find what you always imagined!
  5. Check your masonry contractor's experience Hiring the wrong masonry contractor can lead to unexpected short term failures of your expensive project. A contractor should know what makes your masonry project last for years to come. You don't want stones coming loose, sinking, dislodged, or getting broken because of the wrong bed under the masonry. We have seen cases where coping stones have not been installed properly around a pool, and steps nearby. This caused calcium to run down all of the concrete seams into an expensive swimming pool, costing the customer nearly the same amount they paid for a new construction 2 years prior! Please, hire reputable masonry contractors, or we can recommend one!
We hope these tips on how to choose stones for masonry will help you in choosing 9 Brothers Building Supply as your masonry supply for your next project! We love transforming thousands of backyards one day at a time with our expansive collection of unique stones!
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COVID-19 Essential Businesses New York

COVID-19 Essential Businesses New York

Update 6/17/20

Essentially, we will not be coming into contact with clients.

Our stores are open for business. We are allowing customers inside, but we ask that you please wear a mask - and follow social distancing guidelines. We would love to help.

If you have any questions, please ask. We urge you to visit NY Governor Cuomo’s Issues Guidance on Essential Business List.