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4 Tips to Clean Concrete Countertops

Concrete counter tops are a strong, durable surface that's almost impossible to scratch or dent. Still, while they're very tough, they're not quite indestructible. The concrete surface can stain if you're not careful, so it's very important to attack spills as quickly as possible to prevent stains from setting.

Here are some tips for helping you keep your concrete in tip-top shape.

What Type of Concrete Counter Top Is It?

These types of counter tops can be either porous or non-porous. Non-porous counter tops have been coated with a sealer.

The important thing to keep in mind with this kind of counter top is that although the concrete is practically indestructible, the sealer material is not and can be damaged by cleaners, sharp or heavy objects, and heat. It is always best to use gentle, non-abrasive cleaners for this kind of sealer and protect your concrete counter tops.

Porous concrete counter tops, on the other hand, have not been treated with a sealer. These counter tops are the easiest to stain because of their porosity. Therefore, they might require more abrasive cleaning methods and more aggressive scrubbing or wiping. Hopefully your installer has given you advice on which cleaners to use.

As a general rule, concrete counter tops in bathrooms are almost always sealed, whereas concrete counter tops in kitchens are less frequently sealed (only most installers recommend sealants).

Regardless of the kind of concrete counter tops that you own, it's always important to wipe them daily and deep clean them at least once a week to maintain them. Remember, concrete counter tops are a big investment and you want to make sure to keep them looking like new for a long time.

1. Soap and Warm water

Mild dishwashing liquid can go a long way when removing stains. The same applies for counter top stains. Simple soap and water are safe to use in both porous and non-porous forms of concrete and for other surfaces such as granite vanities and counter tops.

To remove stains:

  • Add about two tablespoons of dish washing liquid to a medium-sized container with warm water
  • Submerge a cloth in the water and gently scrub the stains off the counter-top
  • Repeat the process until you have fully removed the stain

2. Laundry Detergent and Stain Remover

These are two other great household cleaners that can be used on concrete counter tops. These cleaners are also mild and are safe for both porous and non-porous counter tops.

  • Start by spraying laundry stain remover directly on the stains in your counter top
  • Let the remover sit for a few minutes
  • Follow up by sprinkling some powder detergent on the stain and waiting a few more minutes
  • Finally, clean both substances with a wet cloth or towel while softly scrubbing on the stain

3. Make a Hydrogen Peroxide Paste

For stubborn or older stains, create a paste using:

  • One or two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide
  • A cup of flour and enough water to form a paste
  • Place the past directly on the stain and let it sit for a few hours: You can even cover the stain with the paste using plastic wrap over it
  • Wipe the paste off with a wet cloth while scrubbing on the stain at the same time

This solution will remove very stubborn stains, but, should be used as a last resort; especially for non-porous counter tops (this paste works miracles on copper cookware too).

4. Use PH Balanced Wipes or Concrete Specific Cleaning Products

It is important to use products that are formulated to clean concrete counter tops for daily use. There are many products on the market that will clean concrete counter tops while protecting them from damage.

One of the most convenient products is PH balanced wipes. These wipes are made especially for concrete counter tops and are safe to use every day. They are easy to use and can help you wipe down your counter tops after cooking.

Keeping Your Countertops Clean

Waxing your counter tops can help avoid tough stains and keep your counter tops looking like new. Applying wax to counter tops is easy and similar to waxing a car. The wax will act as a sealer preventing stains from setting in, making your counter tops easier to clean, and giving them a shiny appearance.

Whether you use soap and water, a paste or apply a wax, keeping your concrete counter top looking its best is critical to maintaining its appearance and protecting your investment.

Author Miguel Salcido is an experienced home remodeler. When he's not maintaining his home, he writes for PremierVanities.com, a website selling designer vanities online.

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