This post was most recently updated on February 18th, 2021
Update 2021 – What is Poly Sand Haze?
We at Concrete Sealer Review are dedicated to being your source for the latest tips and trends for your concrete and brick paver sealers through 2021 and beyond. Poly sand haze is a common occurrence with brick pavers. In this updated article, we explain how to avoid it. If you have encountered poly sand haze and have any suggestions or any have questions, please comment below.
How to Fix Poly Sand Haze
To understand what poly sand haze is, let’s first take a look at how pavers are installed. Most pavers, regardless if it is a driveway, sidewalk, patio, or pool deck area, are laid on a compacted bed of sand. The bricks are laid out in whatever pattern you desire and are leveled to create an entire paver structure. Sand is then poured onto the paver surface and swept into the gaps between the pavers. This is typically fine polymeric sand especially designed for paver construction.
The polymeric sand joints are then misted with water. The water reacts with the poly sand and creates a binding agent that helps bind the sand particles together. However, before water is misted onto the surface, the poly sand dust leftover on the surface must be completely removed. If the poly sand dust is not removed, it will create a white haze on top of the pavers. This is called poly sand haze.