Why should I entertain concrete as a material for interior applications like kitchen or bathroom counters?
Concrete is an extraordinary material that is practical, expressive, and aesthetic all at once. You can grind, polish, stamp, or stain it. You can embed meaningful objects within. The possibilities for creative expression are endless.
What are the advantages of concrete countertops over marble or granite?
The biggest advantage of concrete is that it is completely customizable; you can sculpt, mold, and texture it to your own desire.
Can I use concrete countertops as a cutting surface?
As with marble or granite, it is not recommended cutting directly on a concrete surface, as it could result in scratches and gouges in the finish of your counter as well as harm the blades of your knives.
Can I put a hot pot directly onto a concrete kitchen counter?
Concrete is heat-resistant but is subject to thermal shock if a red-hot object is placed directly upon it. Like granite, the exposed area may flake or chip away if too much heat is applied. In addition, the heat could damage the sealer applied to the surface.
Can concrete countertops chip, flake, or crack?
As with marble and granite, concrete corners and edges can chip if struck by a hard object. Hairline cracks can also develop, but these are not structural failures; rather, they are inherent characteristics of the material.
Does your concrete stain?
Concrete is much more stain resistant than natural stone. The sealer provides protection against acids and oils without sacrificing the look and feel of polished concrete. This stain resistance, however, develops slowly, so for the first two weeks following application, we ask that you be extra careful with water and oils. It also cannot handle anything with a lot of chlorine, so please don't use bleach, Chlorox or C-L-R products on it.
Regular tap water is perfectly safe. The sealer is vulnerable to some foods such as yellow mustard and red wine and will leave a faint stain if they are not cleaned up promptly. These stains can be removed by light sanding and re-applying the sealer.
How often does it need to be re-sealed?
Depending on how much the surface is abraded, either by scrubbing or sliding plates back and forth over the same area, the sealer may need to be touched up after a year or two. Fortunately, we can spot-seal and blend new sealer invisibly into existing sealer.
What should we clean it with?
Any gentle cleaner, such as a mild natural dish soap, will do well. Avoid anything containing chlorine bleach, hydrochloric acid and products such as Ajax, Comet or similar abrasive powders.