Concrete is an amazing material but it is not indestructible. Concrete like anything you value needs a little care and attention. Our love for concrete was borne out of its versatility and materiality. But we have to come to love the way it takes on a life of its own, showing use and age elegantly. Those who appreciate their furniutre as a part of their daily life and value the patina and wear of the objects around them generally appreciate the richness and uniqueness of concrete. That being said, here is the basic tenets of concrete care.
We have also laid out the basic differences between countertop materials in a side by side comparison. Hopefully that will help you decision making. There is no perfect material choice; it is all dependent on your workflow and personal aesthetic. Please call us if you have any further questions.
Care and Maintenance
Maintenance and cleaning couldn’t be easier. Damp cloths, mild detergents and other water-based cleaners are all that is needed for cleaning. Take particular care with new countertops, as our sealer grows more durable with time.
The following guidelines will provide the best results:
- Clean and wipe up spills in a timely manner as they occur. (Take special notice to wines, oils, citrus, and other highly acidic food and drinks.)
- Do not clean with abrasive cleaners or scrubbers. (These include Comet, Bleach, Brillo pads, and 3M scrubbing pads.)
- Do not cut directly on the countertops; use cutting boards (for your concrete’s and knife’s sakes.)
- Do not drag heavy or sharp objects across countertop surface.
- We recommend using coasters whenever possible.
- For maintenance we have provided a small bottle of Enrich’N’Seal from Aqua Mix. Wipe on with a clean rag or paper towel. Keep the surface wet with product for about five minutes and then wipe off excess with clean paper towels until dry. Apply every three to four months.
- Do not place hot pans and dishes (above 300 degrees) on sealed surface; use hot pads and trivets.
- Minor scratches should be removed with a non-abrasive “Scotch-Brite” pad.
- Do not place soft rubber on the sealed surface. Rubber is a petroleum product and as such contains active solvents that will break down and bond to the sealer.
- Our acrylic polish is food safe once dry.
- Do not allow acrylic polish to wear through
- When scratched or worn, our acrylic polish can be repaired by reapplication to the affected areas. Stripping is normally not required as this formula can last for years when maintained as directed.
- Diminish the appearance of scratches by gently polishing with a “Scotch Brite” pad or sand paper of a grit higher than 600
- Sand off any sharp edges (if addressing a chip)
- Clean surface well
- Take a clean microfiber rag and wet it with Enrich”N”Seal (rag should be wet/moist but not dripping.) If a white haze appears as you are wiping you have too much acrylic in your rag (the consequence of this will be streaking when it dries. Streaks can be removed with a light polishing with the “Scotch-Brite” pad then repeat application Enrich”N”Seal.)
- Limitations of acrylic: do not shake, stir, or allow freezing. Recommended for interior use and nonabsorbent materials only. Use masking tape to protect any surfaces other than you wish to seal.
Hope this is helpful and like I said before if you have any other questions or concerns do not hesitate to give us a call.