3 Different Ways to Protect your Concrete Countertop

Published Thursday 21st of June 2018 // Updated Thursday 18th of January 2018

Topics: countertops

We have all been there, that time you were on your third glass of wine and the bottle looked a little closer than it was leaving a permanent red stain on the island. From spilled lemonade to splashes of tomato sauce, if left unsealed concrete countertops are highly exposed and at risk. 

With all the time and investment you have made into installing the concrete countertops of your dreams, you are at the point where you want a sealer that is nearly maintenance free and can stand up to almost anything spilled on it. Despite concrete’s strong and resilient appearance, it is extremely porous and susceptible to staining from acids, oils and wine immediately upon contact. 
 
High Gloss Durable Coating
While looking for a stain proof, zero maintenance sealer may be unrealistic from a penetrating sealer, a coating such as the Polyaspartic 745 is one of the most durable options out there. Penetrating sealers are great for keeping the natural look and texture of the concrete but require some additional maintenance and more frequent reapplication. The 745 is a coating that stands up to anything you can spill on it, every time. 
 
Natural Finish Sealer
The glossy, color darkening qualities of the Polyaspartic 745 are not for everyone. If more of a natural finish is desired the Countertop Sealer 880 would be your best bet. Although it is a penetrating sealer, it gives you time to clean up spills before they are able to penetrate into the concrete countertop, especially oily based substances.
 
Low Sheen Sealer
If you are looking for a sheen that is in between, the Countertop Sealer 660 is a great alternative with its not too shiny, not too matte finish. 
 
Manage your expectations: Penetrating sealers are great for keeping the natural beauty and appearance of the concrete itself but they do require a maintenance plan. Always remember to take great care and clean up any spills in a timely manner. If you are looking for a more durable option or really love the glossy finish use more of a coating. As with any sealer, always use a cutting board and don’t cut directly on the concrete countertop.

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