CONCRETE BENCHTOPS CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Glass Fibre Reinforced Concrete (GRC) is at the forefront of concrete material science. It is an engineered product that consists of cement, fine aggregate, polymers, water, oxide and glass fibers. It is the properties of the infused glass fibers that influence the outcome of the concrete. GRC is a lightweight, strong, durable and flexible material relative to traditional concrete. At Concrete Society we take advantage of the versatility of GRC to create products in Perth that have few limitations in terms of shape, color, size and finish.
The common items fabricated using GRC include:
- Kitchen Benchtops
- Bathroom vanities
- Fireplace hearths
- Wall facade panels
- Commercial bars
Routine Care & Maintenance
Polished concrete offers a high-performance surface with low maintenance, however, these surfaces do require routine care & maintenance.
Surfaces should be wiped throughout use with a soft cloth dampened with warm water. Liquid spills including food products should be wiped out immediately to maintain its quality. Abrasive cleaning materials should not be used as well.
Hot items, such as skillets, pots or saucepans, are not recommended to be placed directly onto the surface of the concrete. Trivets or heat pads should be used at all times. Sudden temperature change or prolonged exposure to high temperatures can cause the concrete to experience thermal shock.
Scratches & Surface Damage
Polished concrete surfaces are typically resilient to scratches and chips, however, topical sealers are applied to some surfaces. Making use of chopping boards at all times is recommended and that heavy items or those with rough bases should not be dragged across the surface to prevent damage to the sealer.
Impact with hard objects, especially to edges and corners should be avoided to prevent chips and spalling.
Avoid exposure to harsh chemicals and solvents as these may damage the surface of the concrete. Nail polish remover, bleach, oven cleaner, drain cleaner, permanent markers, and paint strippers are all examples of products that should not come into contact with the surface of the concrete.
Difficult Spills & Stains
Stubborn stains should be addressed using a mild, non-acidic, non-abrasive cleanser. Ensure the surface is rinsed well with water. Avoid excessive and forceful scrubbing, this could damage the protective sealer and alter the sheen of the surface.
Some of the sealers used to protect the concrete surface are topical in nature and as such can wear over time. Surfaces that develop scratches, stains or show signs of the loss of water resistance can be resealed.
Should the unexpected happen and an accident ends up causing damage to your concrete in the form of chipping, staining or scratching, please contact us and we will do our best to help work with you to rectify the damage.