Care & Maintenance
Properly sealed polished concrete benchtops are designed to offer high performance with low maintenance. Only a little common sense is needed in caring for your Art of Concrete benchtop:
- Wipe as you go, using a soft damp cloth to wipe down your benchtops.
- If you encounter stubborn stains, use a mild non-abrasive cleanser.
- Avoid exposure to products with high ph levels such as oven cleaner. Rinse immediately to neutralise the effect, and then follow usual cleaning procedure.
- Avoid exposure to paint strippers, bleach and nail polish remover. Rinse immediately with clean water to neutralise the effect, and then follow usual cleaning procedure.
- Avoid exposure to high impact, especially on the edges.
- Avoid excessive weight being placed on your bench top, such as people standing on your benchtop.
Stubborn Stains and Dried Spills
Art of Concrete’s high-end sealers provide great resistance to most foods used in the kitchen such as wine, fruit juices, liquid food colouring, tea and spices with strong colours. For dried spills, remove solids first. A wet cloth is recommended for any stubborn stains. If needed use a non-acidic and non-abrasive cleanser and rinse well with water. Avoid forceful scrubbing as this may result in a loss of shine and remove the protective sealer.
With the correct sealer, polished concrete is a suitable product to be used outdoors, but exposure to direct sunlight and weather may result in a slight colour change over an extended period and ongoing maintenance may be required more regularly.
Placing hot items directly onto your polished concrete bench top is not recommended. Although it is heat resistant, excessive localised heat may result in damage to the concrete due to thermal shock. Hot cookware such as hot skillets, pots, and saucepans should always be placed onto trivets and heat mats, not directly onto the surface.
Scratches, Cracks and Edge Chipping
Like all benchtop materials, overtime the sealer on concrete benchtops can develop scratches and abrasive marks. To minimise this always use a chopping board and avoid dragging heavy items or items with a sharp or rough bottom.
As with all stone benchtops concrete is susceptible to chipping and cracking. Avoid impact on edges and the surface with hard objects. Areas around voids such as sink and oven cutouts are weak points and can form hairline cracks. The damage is aesthetic and not structural. A damaged countertop edge or surface (including the stone edge for an under-mount sink) is not indicative of defective material.
If over the years your concrete benchtop develops scratches, stains or signs of general wear, the surface can be rejuvenated by sanding it back and reapplying new sealer. Contact Art of Concrete regarding its ongoing maintenance program.
Please Note: Art of Concrete’s Care and Maintenance Guide must be read in conjunction with Art of Concrete’s Warranty.