Properly sealed polished concrete bench tops are designed to offer years of high performance with low maintenance. Only a little common sense is needed in caring for your Cast Designs concrete product:
Wipe as you go, using a soft damp cloth.
If you encounter stubborn stains, use a mild non-abrasive cleaner.
Avoid exposure to products with high ph levels such as oven cleaner. Rinse immediately to neutralise the effect, and then follow usual cleaning procedure.
Avoid exposure to paint strippers, bleach and nail polish remover. Rinse immediately with clean water to neutralise the effect, and then follow usual cleaning procedure.
Avoid exposure to high impact, especially on the edges and corners.
Avoid excessive weight being placed on your bench top, such as people standing on your bench top.
Stubborn Stains and Dried Spills
Cast Designs’s high-end sealers will provide great resistance to most foods used in the kitchen such as wine, fruit juices, liquid food colouring, tea and spices with strong colours. For dried spills, remove solids first. A wet cloth is recommended for any stubborn stains. If needed use a non-acidic and non-abrasive cleanser and rinse well with water. Avoid forceful scrubbing as this may result in a loss of shine and remove the protective sealer.
With the correct sealer, polished concrete is a suitable product to be used outdoors, but exposure to direct sunlight and weather may result in a slight colour change over an extended period and ongoing maintenance may be required more regularly.
Placing hot items directly onto your concrete bench top is not recommended. Although it is heat resistant, excessive localised heat may result in damage to the concrete due to thermal shock. Hot cookware such as hot skillets, pots, and saucepans should always be placed onto trivets and heat mats, not directly onto the surface.
Scratches, Cracks and Edge Chipping
Like all bench top materials, over time the sealer on concrete bench tops can develop scratches and abrasive marks. To minimise this always use a chopping board and avoid dragging heavy items or items with a sharp or rough bottom.
As with all stone bench tops concrete is susceptible to chipping and cracking. Avoid impact on edges and the surface with hard objects. Areas around voids such as sink and oven cutouts are weak points and can form hairline cracks. The damage is aesthetic and not structural. A damaged counter top edge or surface (including the concrete edge for an under-mount sink) is not indicative of defective material.
If over the years your concrete bench top develops scratches, stains or signs of general wear, the surface can be rejuvenated by sanding it back and reapplying new sealer. Contact Cast Designs regarding sealer rejuvination.
Please note: Cast Designs Care and Maintenance Guide must be read in conjunction with Cast Designs Warranty.