Caring for your concrete surface
All of our pieces are hand polished and then sealed to the highest standard possible. However, as with any porous stone, the sealant isn’t bullet proof. Your Concrete furniture will of course naturally age gracefully and patina over time. Below is our care and maintenance recommendations for you to follow….You certainly don’t need to be precious but a little common sense will go a long way!
Liquid spills, including red wine, vinegar or anything acidic
As long as you’re on hand to wipe up any spills straight away, you shouldn’t encounter any problems. All of our tables are sealed with a high-grade hybrid sealant which acts as a buffer, giving you some ‘working time’ to wipe up. Anything acidic that isn’t wiped up within a reasonable time-frame may etch through the sealant and leave a mark. If this does happen, we are always available to talk and help you address this - we have many tips and tricks!
General day to day cleaning
We recommend the use of a warm damp cloth. You can also use mild detergent if you prefer, but it isn't necessary. It is best to avoid cleaning with overly harsh chemical cleaners or with anything abrasive. We also recommend against any vigorous scrubbing, as to do so could compromise the surface sealant.
Concrete furniture when used for outdoors
A concrete table or bbq bench is the perfect choice for your outdoor dining space as it will certainly withstand the elements. We do however recommend not leaving any items like vases, candles or plant pots on the table for extended periods of time during heavy rain conditions. Rain water can pool underneath and leave a temporary mark. Provided it does not get contaminated with anything acidic it should fade over time (this can take up to 4 weeks).
Heavy items, vases, direct sunlight and centrepieces
We recommend the use of felt pads, table runners or mats to sit under vases or other centrepiece arrangements to protect your concrete surface from both scratches and mild colour change that may occur over an extended period of time if exposed to direct sunlight. Nobody ever intends on it but it’s best to avoid the risk of scratching the concrete if a heavy item does get dragged across your concrete surface and we suggest rotating your objects occasionally if exposed to direct sunlight.
Cracks and chips along the edges
Despite it's strength and durability, concrete is not immune to small chips and breakages particularly on exposed edges, if impacted with hard objects. If we're making a table for you and you have chairs with arms then we would love as much detail as possible prior to finalising your order. This information allows us to customise your piece in both table height and concrete profile so as to suit your furniture. That’s the beauty of our custom design service!
All of the above In a nut shell!
Apply the principle, no matter what ‘Wipe as you go’... use coasters, table runners and placemats. Don’t use your concrete furniture as a chopping board, avoid high impact knocks along the edges with hard objects and don’t go regularly crazy cleaning with harsh chemicals, and as tempting as it may be… Strictly NO dancing on your table! :-)