How to use Polymeric Sand

6 Steps on How to Use Polymeric Sand

Polymeric Sand is the best choice for filling in your paver joints. There are many advantages to using polymeric sand over other traditional sand, which you may read about here.

Though the benefits are great, the installation of polymeric sand requires time and attention to detail. There are specific steps you need to take in order to joint pavers with polymeric sand to ensure a successful application. Just follow our helpful steps below!

PolymericSandStep 1: Spread

After you have ran a vibrating plate-compactor over the pavers in several directions to compact the pavers (check with your paver manufacturer if it is safe to use a compactor on their product), spread the polymeric sand into the paver joints with a stiff bristle broom. We recommend using Alliance Polymeric Sand.

Tip: If a vibrating-plate compactor cannot be used, tamp the stones with a rubber mallet and make sure the pavers are settled into the setting bed.

Step 2: Repeat

Spread the sand, sweeping it into the joints, then compacting as you did in Step 1. Do this at least twice to ensure the joints are filled with sand.

PolymetricSandApplicationStep 3: Clean 

Using a fine-bristle broom, remove any excess sand from paver surfaces. Make sure the finished sand level is at least 1/8 in. (3mm) lower than the chamfer of the pavers. Using a leaf blower, gently remove any sand residue from paved surfaces.You may even use a vacuum to remove sand from the surface of the pavers.

Tip: Make sure the paver’s side and top surfaces are dry before applying the polymeric sand! The polymeric sand will harden if it is moistened and will adhere to the surface of the paver.

PolymericSandStep 4: Mist

Once you have removed the polymeric sand from the surface of the pavers you can lightly mist the pavers and joints with a hose. Do this at a height of about 4 feet. Mist the area for about 10-15 seconds. Wait about 3-4 minutes before proceeding to the next step.

Step 5: Mist Some More

Now from a height of 2 feet, mist the area again. Mist and rinse simultaneously to ensure that any sand that may have gotten onto the pavers is washed off. Again do this  for about 10-15 seconds. Wait about 3-4 minutes before repeating the process again. Be sure to stop misting when you see a minimal amount of puddling in the paver joints.

PolymericSandStep 6:  Touch Up

Use a leaf blower to gently remove any excess water on the surface of the pavers. This will help remove any polymeric sand that may be on the pavers surface during the previous step.


TLC Supply carries Alliance Polymeric Sand in two colors, grey and beige. We also carry a wide selection of premium pavers from Techo BlocBelgardCambridge Paving Stone, and Genest. Please visit our website to see even more hardscape and masonry products ranging from bluestone,granite,brick,natural stone,block,sand, and cement!

Before you go check this out! You may even like our post on The Best Polymeric Sand To Use or How to Build a Paver Patio!

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