Maintaining Concrete Countertops
Clean, seal, and wax your countertop regularly to keep it looking beautiful
By Robert Ferguson
Maintaining your concrete countertops starts with protecting them. Cleaning, sealing and waxing are the three main steps to protecting these countertops. When done correctly, the task is not that hard. With the proper knowledge and guidance, it can be completed over a weekend. Performing regular maintenance every three to four months will ensure that the countertops' finish will maintain its beauty and durability for years to come. Never set a hot pot or pan on the countertops surface, as this will have an adverse effect on the sealer and wax.
The first consideration when cleaning a concrete countertop is prevention. When spills occur, try to wipe them up immediately. Things like tomato sauce, wine, oil or vinegar or foods with these ingredients are good examples of what to clean quickly so they are not given time to soak in. Use a cutting board when preparing food. A knife can scratch the surface of the countertop and/or its sealer, giving spills a place to penetrate.
Using a mild soap and warm water is the best and safest option for cleaning the concrete countertops' surface. Some cleaners can actually harm the countertops' surface by being too abrasive. Others include solvents not meant for this particular countertop material.
Because this surface will be around food, be careful when choosing a product to seal the countertops. Use a nontoxic sealer. Water-based products are the best bet. Check the warning labels on the bottle to make sure it is safe to use on food-preparation surfaces. Concrete is a porous material; sealers close these pores, not allowing food or liquids to gather there. Apply at least three coats of sealer to clean countertops. Thoroughly read the instructions and warnings on the sealer bottle before beginning.
After the sealer as had time to dry and cure, protect your countertops' surface even further by using a recommended wax. Use a natural type of wax that can be buffed off. This will leave a nice shine on the countertop's surface. It will not only help protect the countertop, but the coats of sealer as well. You can never have too much defense -- the more the better. Apply wax every three to four months.
About the Author
Robert Ferguson is a licensed building contractor with more than 30 years of experience, focusing primarily on residential remodeling, repair, renovation and construction.
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