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Concrete is a resilient material comparable in performance to natural stone or wooden materials however there are a number of things to remember that will help keep your concrete product looking beautiful and performing well.

Concrete is naturally porous and whilst treated with penetrating sealers to reduce the risk of liquids penetrating into the material, a patina can develop over time with use. We apply wax (bees wax) as sacrificial wear coat to assist in protecting the surface from liquids.

As part of the cleaning and maintenance regime we recommend the re-application of wax on a weekly basis or as required depending on use.

Semi ground and ground concrete surfaces, where the stones are visible, are less likely to mark and are more effective at hiding marks than those surfaces that are just polished.

We do not generally coat or lacquer our products as we have found that these types of sealers may be easily scratched or damaged and subsequently delaminate causing unsightly patching and flaking which can only be repaired by the total removal and replacement of the surface coating. They are also considered to be detrimental to the appearance and feel of the product.


WAX POLISHING
Regular wax polishing will keep your surface looking beautiful and help defend against staining by creating a barrier. Waxing is the first defense and is important. Without regular waxing the surface may dull and be stained more easily. Depending on the finish applied, a carnauba or bees wax can be used to polish a surface or product.

There are some cleaning products which also polish. These products may also help reduce staining. Please click here for details

STAINING
Surfaces and products will be treated with sealer to help prevent staining and for hygiene purposes. However, liquids and foodstuffs should not be allowed to remain on the surface. Some strongly colored or oily ingredients may cause discoloration if left on the surface.


Lighter colours are naturally more susceptible to staining from strong colours so extra care is needed in regards to maintenance and cleaning. Ground, patterned surfaces tend to be more resilient to staining.

ACIDS
Particular care should be taken when using acidic foods such as lemon / fruit juice etc. The citric acid in these types of food can etch the surface leaving a dull mark.

It is sometimes possible to polish these marks away. This largely depends on the severity of the damage.

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.

CHIPS
Edges / corners of the surface or product can be chipped 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).


HOT POTS
Our surfaces / products are inherently heat resistant but the surface sealants used may be damaged or discoloured by the heat from hot utensils. We recommend the use of a trivet.

WATER
Limescale and other dissolved salts may mark the surface if water is allowed to stand and dry, much as it dose with glass in a shower. We recommend water is dried with a towel to prevent watermarks. It may be possible to remove watermarks by polishing and waxing.
Additional applications of sealer may also help prevent watermarking.

CLEANING
Our surfaces and products should be cleaned with warm mildly soapy water using a bleach free cleaning product such as Ecover or specialist cleaning products such as Stone Soap. Scrubbing with abrasive powders or pads is not recommended as this may dull and damage the surface sheen and sealer coating. Corrosive / solvent materials and cleaners should be avoided.
 
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