Looking at getting a product with a concrete top? Great choice! Here’s some information about concrete material and our products. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Why does concrete appear “imperfect?”
There isn’t one particular reason why concrete products show surface and edge variations. The first step to understanding “why” is to understand that this material is the finished product of a chemical reaction called hydration. A lot of chemical reactions occur within the concrete during the curing process which affect the final surface as well as the integrity of the product. Moisture and heat escape the concrete, leaving behind a visual story on the surface and edge of your project. Two other factors that have a huge impact on the product’s appearance are the casting process and the artisan’s touch. Both add their own chapters to the concrete production story.
What you may consider an unacceptable blemish is merely the evidence of the story in which your concrete project was created. If that variation was not present, the product would be void of the integrity to what it is… Hand Made. Sometimes you just have to accept that concrete is hand made and has variation to it that we can’t control (which is why most love the character!). When concrete is sealed it can also create variation in the original color of the concrete in different areas or all of the top which is normal.
CARE & USE
Cleaning: You can easily use a mild cleaner or Pledge to clean off the concrete while also removing any scratches on the surface. Resealing the concrete every 1 – 3 years is recommended.
+ Acidic cleaners, beverages or food.
+ Abrasive cleaners.
+ Avoid placing anything hot on the surface.
+ Excessive force to the surface.
+ Avoid cutting directly on the concrete top.
It is possible. Hairline cracks can form in concrete over time for many reasons and are considered acceptable in the concrete industry. We produce a high quality, high strength mix design that greatly reduces the probability of cracks, however we do not guarantee that hairline cracks will not develop. This is especially true for concrete used outdoors in the Northeast and other areas of the country that experience major temperature changes. We recommend covering your concrete products during the winter months to protect it from snow and ice, however this will not necessarily prevent cracking.
Acidic foods and beverages such as lemon juice, mustard, vinegar, wine, soda, tomatoes, bananas, pumpkins/gourds, etc., perfumes, colognes, and cleaners that contain vinegar or citric acids, and other harsh chemicals or solvents such as ammonia, acetone, hydrogen peroxide, etc. should be avoided or cleaned off of your concrete surface as soon as possible. These substances may “eat” through the sealer, leaving a light hazing, and could possibly expose or stain your concrete. There are of course other items and products that may damage your sealer. We have tested against the most typical, but please use standard precautions to keep your concrete protected.
As with any countertop surface, you should never cut directly on your concrete surface. It won’t damage the concrete, but it might damage the sealer, which protects the concrete. It may also ruin your knife! Always use a cutting board when cutting and preparing foods.