Concrete is a resilient material comparable in performance to natural stone or wooden materials however there are things to remember that will help keep your concrete product looking beautiful and performing well.
Concrete is naturally porous and whilst we treat our concrete with the best sealers we have found in order to reduce the risk of staining, no sealer is completely 'bullet proof' and a patina can develop over time with use.
Our sealer provides a natural looking satin/matt topical coating that is pleasant to the touch, can be easily cleaned, is food safe and is resistant to abrasion, however it is important that the surface is protected from scratches. Spills should still be cleaned away with mild soapy water when they occur. Abrasive, acidic or citric based cleaners should be avoided.
If a higher level of gloss is required, a wax can be applied over the topical sealer and the surface can be buffed.
Surfaces and products are treated with a topical sealer to help prevent staining and for hygiene purposes. However, we recommend liquids and foodstuffs should not be allowed to remain on the surface. Some strongly coloured or oily ingredients may cause discoloration if left on the surface.
Remember each product and surface is different and will react differently so the best cause of action is to wipe up as you go and remember to clean the bottom of oil bottles!
The sealer we apply is not affected by acid and so provides a comparably good level of protection, however there is a chance acid may penetrate through the coating and affect the underlying concrete. Particular care should be taken when using acidic foods such as lemon / fruit juice, wines etc. If they get through the sealer acid can etch the surface leaving a dull mark or a discoloured patch. It is sometimes possible to polish these marks away however this would require the removal and re-application of the topical sealer.
cutting / chopping
Cutting and chopping or any other abrasive action should be done on a chopping board and not directly on the surface or product. Abrasive cleaners should be avoided.
Just like stone or wood edges/corners of the surface or product can be chipped or dented if knocked by heavy items. Care should be taken when using heavy pots and pans. It may be possible to mend chipped or damaged items. (Please contact us for details).
Our sealer is heat resistant however the underlying the concrete may be damaged or discoloured by the heat from hot utensils. We recommend the use of a trivet.
water and other liquids
Through the use of our topical sealer our surfaces are far more resistant to liquid penetration than ever before however we always recommend that liquids should not be allowed to remain on the surface for long periods. How long is long? Each product and surface is different and will react differently so the best cause of action is to wipe up as you go.
Our surfaces and products should be cleaned with warm mildly soapy water, as you would clean a marble surface. Scrubbing with abrasive powders or pads is not recommended as this may dull and damage the surface sealer. Corrosive / solvent materials and cleaners should be avoided.