To clean your concrete countertops, use damp cloths, mild detergents and other water-based cleansers. You should avoid abrasive cleansers and scrubbers as they can prematurely wear your sealant.
As with any solid surface, do not cut directly on the countertops. Knives may pierce the sealant and wear it prematurely. Cuts in the sealant will also open the countertop to potential staining. Do not drag heavy, rough or sharp objects across the surface.
If the sealant is not worn or penetrated, the top should not stain, though spills should be wiped up as soon as possible. Staining and discoloration may occur if staining agents are left on for an extended period of time.
As with any solid surface, you should use insulators. Our sealants can withstand high temperatures, though concrete can microcrack if exposed to high temperatures for extended periods of time.
We seal our concrete with acrylic, polyurethane or epoxy depending on the finished look desired. Each sealant has different properties and maintenance. Typically you should wax or reseal your countertops every 3 years depending on wear. Touch-up sealer is available for any accidents.
Hairline cracks do not threaten the integrity or stability of the slab nor prevent the continued and normal use of the countertop. Non-structural hairline cracks are possible and are not a worrisome defect. Hairline cracks can occur at any time, but are usually NOT a common occurrence. Edges are more susceptible to chipping and you should use care with pots and pans on cornered edges. Some chips and hairline cosmetic cracks may be repaired with a service call.