Concrete is, by nature, a porous material and therefore, susceptible to staining. In our concrete furniture, there is a sealant put in the concrete mix when our tables are manufactured to protect them against marks and minor stains.
With this sealant, there should be little maintenance to keep your concrete tables looking new. Prolonged contact with overly acidic, heavily pigmented or alkali substances should be avoided. We recommend cleaning any spills as quickly as possible. If proper care is taken, your concrete decor item will last a lifetime.
While concrete seems the perfect surface for using as a cutting board or a trivet, we don’t recommend using your concrete table or counter top this way. Cutting does not hurt the concrete itself, but it weakens the wax and sealant, which makes the concrete susceptible to staining. Like cutting, hot pans don’t directly affect the concrete, but compromise the sealer and wax. We recommend avoiding cutting and hot pans on your concrete table to keep it protected and looking it’s best. Alternatively, a high quality cutting board or trivet will generally provide enough of a buffer to avoid compromising the sealant.
Concrete furniture from Teak Warehouse is made to be beautiful and practical, but it is made from organic materials. The surface is treated with special sealants that also give a more even surface finish, color depth and protection against moisture. These sealants aren’t built for heavy use, but rather as a finishing agent and therefore can show inconsistencies with repeated hard use. While it is probably unlikely that you will even need to worry about losing the good looks of your concrete furniture from Teak Warehouse, we encourage you to keep the information above, in mind.
We caution against use of caustic acids to clean or resurface concrete furniture by Teak Warehouse. Such caustic acids have historically been used to clean pools, sidewalks or other porous, all concrete surfaces. These acids actually etch the surface and change the structure of the concrete at the surface level. Our concrete is made to have a denser and cleaner look; such etching from caustic acids would change that clean, smooth look as is present on your new concrete furniture.
Additionally, we caution against high-pressure cleaning, as with pressurized water or chemicals. Using a garden hose should be enough pressure to clean the concrete. For normal spills, a quick wipe up and gentle “scrub” with a cotton cloth or similar, should be enough to clean up the mess. For stains, which contain dark colors or have been sitting longer than a normal spill, you can use a mild soap and a slightly more aggressive “scrubbing” with a cloth as above. If you prefer, you can use a chlorine bleach, available in most home stores or big box stores, diluted to a weak mixture of about 200 or 225 parts water to 1 part bleach. Use this mixture over the entire surface you wish to clean, to ensure even cleaning.
Cleaning your Lightweight Reinforced Concrete Pots with an Antique Finish
To care for your reinforced concrete item, please utilize careful judgment. It is in fact a durable and forgiving material, but that does not mean you should expose it to harsh chemicals or mechanical cleaning methods which could damage the outer finish. Instead, we recommend you use a soft brush with natural or synthetic bristles, utilizing very light pressure and water, to clean the reinforced concrete items we sell.
Generally speaking, there should be no need for abrasive cleaners if normal maintenance and cleaning takes place. We do not recommend using abrasives to clean this type of material.
Do Not Use Harsh Cleaners on Lightweight Concrete Furniture
General Note about cleaning lightweight concrete from Teak Warehouse:
NOTE: while for many applications it MAY be safe to use muriatic acid/hydrochloric acid or sulfuric acid, or other strong chemicals to clean concrete, DO NOT use these cleaners to clean the items we sell made from reinforced concrete. This WILL damage the finish on the outside of the concrete. Such chemical cleaners are not applicable for use on this type of material.