Concrete is naturally porous however sealing the surface reduces the risk of liquids penetrating into the material, also patina can develop over time with use. Concrete as a material is pretty similar to natural stone or wood, however there is a lot of things to remember that will keep your concrete product looking beautiful for a long time. Ground concrete surfaces are less likely to mark and are more effective at hiding marks than those surfaces that are just polished. Following our Aftercare Instructions will ensure the quality and appearance for many years.
Concrete is a very specific material with many unique features. Variations in product's appearance and colour, hair line crazing, flecking, pitting, dappling and small air bubbles/holes are considered to be part of the natural beauty of the material.
The surface of your product has been sealed to protect it from liquids and particles of dirt. DesignerStone Ltd recommends to clean surfaces carefully with soft equipment (such as sponge or towel) without any sharp elements. Avoid spilling any acidic substances or using any strong chemical cleaning products on the surface. If you accidentally spill such substance, wipe it out immediately with a damp cloth (allowing it to dry). Our products should be cleaned with warm soapy water using a bleach free or special cleaning products. Scrubbing with abrasive powders or pads is not recommended as this may damage the surface and sealer coating. You should also avoid any corrosive, solvent materials and cleaners.
Our products are treated with sealer to help prevent staining and for hygiene purposes. During the first few weeks DesignerStone Ltd recommend you to keep tops as clean and dry as possible, you can use them normally. You need to remember to wipe concrete down after every use and do not leave anything wet on the surface or any liquids till dry. It will damage the sealer and might leave a stain. Do not keep your concrete product under cover, concrete needs to breathe to get dry and cure properly - covering the surface will disturb this process. DesignerStone Ltd also recommend you to avoid leaving acidic substances such a vinegar and lemon juice in contact with the concrete. Lighter colours are naturally more susceptible to staining comparing to strong colours and should be treated with extra care for couple of weeks while they cure. Please note that any marks and discolouration caused by the process of production may dry and disappear after a few extra weeks after the installation.
Particular care should be taken when using acidic foods such as lemon, fruit juice etc. The citric acid in these types of food can leave a mark.
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 because it may damage the surface.
Edges or corners of the product can be chipped if knocked by heavy items. Care should be taken when using heavy pots and pans. Surface can be also damaged by scratching with any sharp items, which is why DesignerStone Ltd recommends to clean surfaces carefully with soft equipment (such as sponge or towel) without any sharp elements.
Our surface may be also damaged or discoloured by the heat from hot utensils. DesignerStone Ltd recommend you to use a board or a trivet.
Our surfaces are 100% resistant to pure water. Water contains minerals that cause white residue on the surface, however if the water will pour out and will be erased on time there is no possibility that the spots were formed. We recommend to dry water with a towel to prevent watermarks.