While deciding which type of countertop to install in your new kitchen, you were faced with a multitude of choices, including, but not limited to, granite, wood, stainless steel, tile or concrete. You finally decided to have concrete countertops designed and installed because of their durability, beauty and the numerous options you were given for stain color and texture.
Now, you’re enjoying your customized concrete countertops and you want to keep them looking beautiful for years to come. After all, your new countertops aren’t just conventional countertops, they’re unique works-of-art that help draw friends and family to the warmth and comfort of your kitchen.
To help maintain the beauty and character of your concrete countertops, keep these simple care tips in mind:
- Follow the instructions you were given by your concrete contractor regarding periodic re-sealing.
- Clean them daily with warm water and a mild non-abrasive soap on a dish cloth or sponge. Cleaning agents containing bleach, ammonia or vinegar should always be avoided.
- Quickly wipe off spills from your countertops as soon as they occur. Keep in mind that some liquids, such as wine, grape or prune juice or oil, can stain concrete surfaces. Other types of liquid, including citrus juices, such as lemon or lime juice, and vinegar, can create light spots and etch concrete.
- Don’t cut on your countertops. Use cutting boards when chopping and preparing foods. Cutting won’t hurt them, but it could damage the sealer, which helps keep out water and stains.
- Avoid placing hot pots, pans or baking sheets on concrete countertops. While concrete is heat resistant, it could damage or discolor the sealer.
For more information on caring for your concrete countertops or to add their style and functionality to your living space, contact the professionals at Lowell Russell Concrete.