Time plays no favorites when it comes to your home, especially where your concrete countertops are concerned, which require regular restoration to maintain and bring back the original shine.
Concrete countertops are prone to blemishes, stains, etch marks and holes which can make them lose their luster. By nature, concrete is extremely porous and sensitive to acidic products. Along with this, the sealer applied on the concrete’s surface wears off and gets damaged as time passes, allowing bacteria, stains and food buildup to occur in the porous concrete. Thus, etching and staining is difficult if not impossible to prevent. However, taking the proper steps and care every day (cleaning with soap and water) will help your countertop to last a lifetime and stay beautiful. When it’s time for repair and refinishing, you’ll be prepared.
Remove Concrete Countertop Surface Stains and Blemishes
Before repairing holes and cracks in your concrete countertop, you must first remove all stains and blemishes from the surface. Start with soap and water, and branch out to cleaners made specifically for your type of concrete.
Repair Concrete Countertop Cracks and Holes
Once the surface is clean, you can work on repairing the cracks and holes in your countertop. Structural cracks and holes can happen due to caustic cleaners, water and acidic food products placed on the surface over time. Long-term concrete drying shrinkage can also pre-dispose the countertop toward cracking. To fix, grout cement can be used, or white cement mixed with a powdered concrete color.
To prevent the likelihood of future cracking and appearance of cracking, pay special attention to properly reinforcing the concrete when it is poured. Also make sure proper support is provided when installing out of level cabinets, which will reduce the risk of concrete cracking as well.
Concrete Countertop Surface Re-Polishing and Sealing
After stain removal and crack repair, consider surface re-polishing. 220 grit sandpaper is great for re-polishing work and effective at getting the task done. Be careful to not be too aggressive when polishing!
Upon completion of polishing, the countertop needs proper sealing. Concrete sealers should be applied to the surface according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
As you can see, plenty of proper care of your concrete countertop will keep it looking as gorgeous and functional as it was the first day.
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