Now that you have a beautiful concrete countertop, it’s important that you protect your investment. Note: Concrete countertops cannot all be grouped together as having the same maintenance level, as not all concrete countertops are created equally! Each fabricator has his/her own ways of creating and finishing counters.
Here are some basic ways to protect and maintain your concrete countertop:
As far as daily maintenance goes, wipe up spills as soon as they occur, use a light dish soap or detergent to clean, and avoid harsh chemicals, such as bleach. Once a month, use wax to maintain your concrete countertop and build up a protective film over time. Similar to a car wax, a wax for your countertop will create a slick, smooth, easy-to-clean surface. If your countertop begins to show signs of wear and dulling, reapply an additional coat of wax.
When it comes to yearly maintanence, you may decide to apply a penetrating sealer every year or two. This will strengthen the stain resistance of the concrete.
One of the best ways to determine the ideal maintenence solution for your concrete countertop is to ask the fabricator or manufacturer directly, and have them provide you with the proper care instructions after they install the counter. This will ensure a long-lasting countertop for years to come.