How Much Does It Cost to Clean and Reseal Pavers?

Matt Marandola
Written by Matt Marandola
Updated May 17, 2022
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Highlights

  • On average, expect to pay around $425 for cleaning and resealing pavers

  • Always clean before sealing pavers

  • It costs around $375 to DIY clean and reseal pavers

  • The sealant around pavers will last anywhere from three to five years on average

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While the pavers you installed throughout your yard were the talk of the town five years ago, they probably aren’t as vibrant as they used to be. Thankfully, all it takes is a quick spit shine (figuratively speaking, that is) to get your pavers looking brand new. 

Because cleaning and sealing pavers comes down to a few variables, you should expect to pay anywhere from $300 to $550.

How Much Does It Cost to Clean and Reseal Pavers?

Cleaning and sealing pavers is a two-step process: first comes the cleaning, followed by the sealing. But how you go about those two is completely up to you. 

Pro Tip: Always make sure to clean first, as any dirt or stains left on the pavers when you seal are going to stay there.

Cleaning Pavers

The cost to clean pavers is around $0.25 to $0.50 per square foot. Most of the time, you’ll clean pavers by using a pressure washer. The average cost of pressure washing is anywhere from $250 to $300, though you can always rent one for a day at a lower cost.

If you maintain a pretty steady cleaning routine and keep your pavers spotless, you might be able to get any stains or caked-on dirt off without a pressure washer. If all you need is a paver-friendly cleaning solution and stiff-bristled broom, you might only pay $50 on average.

Sealing the Pavers

Sealant prevents the pavers from eroding and creates a protective barrier to prevent stains and water damage. For a five-gallon bucket, you’re roughly going to pay around $200. A five-gallon bucket will cover around 1,000 square feet, so you’re likely to have some leftover.

How Much Does It Cost to Clean and Reseal Pavers Per Square Foot?

In total, you should expect to pay around $2 per square foot to clean and seal pavers. The price may vary between $1 to $3 per square foot, depending on the sealant and method of cleaning.

Cleaning and Resealing Pavers Cost Breakdown

Average cost of paver cleaning and sealing, with labor ranging $100 to $500

While putting a general price on cleaning is quite easy, there are a few nuisances to it you’ll need to consider. Also, it’s often better for a professional to reapply the sealant to ensure you don’t run into problems down the road—which then brings labor into the overall cost.

Materials

If your pavers are in rough shape, it’s best to give them as much TLC as possible to ensure they look brand new again. This includes de-weeding, shining, and possibly even a small repair job.

Common material prices include:

  • Herbicide: $20–$75

  • Paver-safe cleaner: $15–$30

  • Polymeric sand (for repairing the pavers): $25–$30

  • Sealant: $100–$300

  • Pressure washer rental: $40–$100 per day

Labor

Hiring local hardscapers to clean and reseal your pavers can save you money in the long run, despite needing to pay initially for the labor. The cost of labor will range anywhere from $100 to upwards of $500, depending on the amount of time and scope of the project.

Cost to Clean and Reseal Pavers Yourself

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The cost to clean and reseal pavers yourself is around $375 on average. Though, you need to be thorough with the cleaning and sealing, as missing dirt or a section with the sealant can lead to further damage down the road.

Cost to Clean and Reseal Pavers Yourself vs. Hiring a Contractor

One of the main reasons you don’t save too much money when cleaning and sealing pavers is because of the cost of sealant. It has a high upfront cost and you’re footing the bill for the entire five gallons, versus a contractor who may spread the cost out over two or three clients. If your pavers only cover 300 square feet, then you’ll have roughly two-thirds of a bucket left over.

In this instance, it’s best to bring in a local paver cleaning and resealing company to accomplish the task. It ensures your pavers get the love they deserve, and you get to sit back and relax.

How to Save Money When Cleaning and Resealing Pavers

One way to save money when cleaning and resealing is to stay on top of cleaning throughout the paver's lifespan. Regularly look to remove dirt and grime by using a cleaner and stiff-bristle broom, especially after it rains or snows.

Cleaning and Resealing Pavers Questions and Answers

How many years will a sealant last on pavers?

On average, the sealant around your pavers will last around three to five years. Though this may depend on climate and how well they’re maintained.

What are the benefits of cleaning and resealing pavers?

Staying on top of cleaning and resealing allows your pavers to always look like new. Getting the sealant on regularly helps prevent erosion of the pavers and most types of damages that could lessen the lifespan of the pavers.

Do you need a special sealant for brick pavers?

Yes, depending on the type of pavers you have, you may need a specific type of sealant. If you’re unsure of the material and what type of sealant you need, contact the company who laid your pavers down for you.

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