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Sep 26

Stockett Staff

Taking Care of Your Outdoor Natural Stone in the Winter

by Stockett Staff

Your new outdoor patio is stunning, but how do you take care of it in the winter months? 

Your custom stone patio is finally finished. Understandably, you’re proud of it. After all, you helped design it! You knew the best types of natural stone to use outdoors, and perhaps you chose granite because of the extensive color palette.  The outdoor furniture selection was another of your pet projects. Now there’s an oasis in your backyard. 

But now it’s starting to get colder. With winter come sleet, snow, hail, and a host of other environmental hazards. How can you protect your at-home atelier now? We’re here to help. 

Remove Mold 

Natural stone paving stones (also known as pavers) usually have a bit of space separating them. This space is the perfect place for mildew or mold to grow in the winter. Remove those nasty bits to protect your stone from discoloration or damage. 

Removing mold is easy—just make sure to use goggles or some other type of eye protection, gloves, and some sort of mask.  After that, it’s a relatively simple matter to dry the area and sweep out the offending particles. If the mold is resistant to those tactics, you might want to consider vinegar, bleach, or stronger commercial products. And if all of that still doesn’t work, it might be time to call in an expert. 

Seal Your Stone and Clean It Regularly 

The secret to protecting your outdoor natural stone pavers is the same secret to protecting your indoor natural stone: seal it! A quality sealer can protect your pavers from dirt, dead lives, wind erosion, and other types of damage. It will also protect the stone from absorbing water or ice.  

All you need to do is brush the sealant onto the stone every once in a while. A little bit of effort for a lot of protection! After you’ve applied a sealer, take time to brush away any dirt accumulation. The sealer should make cleaning easy since it’s already protecting the stone.  

Also make sure to pull out any hardy weeds or grass that grows in between your natural stone pavers.  

Avoid Salt 

We usually use salt to dissolve ice on our concrete driveways or porches. However, salt can damage your pavers through erosion or absorption. When salt soaks into the stone’s natural pores, it can freeze and grow, damaging the stone. Choose natural stone friendly products, and always make sure they don’t contain salt. 

Have any other questions about how to protect your outdoor natural stone patio in the colder months? 

Here at Stockett Tile and Granite, we’re more than happy to answer any other questions you may have. We serve the Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona areas. Give us a call at 480-443-1988, or get in touch through our online contact form to schedule a commercial tile consultation. You can also visit our tile showroom in Phoenix, Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. 

See Also:  

Caring for Outdoor Granite 

Enhance Your Backyard with a Stunning Outdoor Kitchen and Entertainment Area