The When, Why, What and How of Countertop Maintenance

Published Wednesday 17th of January 2018 // Updated Thursday 18th of January 2018

Topics: diy, how to, countertops

Whether you are renovating a rustic farmhouse or an industrial loft, concrete countertops are one of the most popular and cost-effective alternatives, fast outpacing granite as the countertop of choice. Countertops are one of the most used areas of the kitchen, with constant exposure to staining, (ie: red wine, coffee, oil and lemon). Using a concrete countertop sealer will combat these issues and help to protect the countertop from everyday spills. You will want to reseal your countertops every one to three years since abrasive cleaners and every day use can damage the sealer.

Take it one step further and use a concrete wax in conjunction with a concrete countertop sealer to add an additional wear layer of protection from scratching, staining and heat. Or if you are looking to take the natural finish of your concrete countertop up a notch use a countertop wax to deeper colors and increase the sheen. Wax countertops monthly once sealed to protect and beautify the surface finish while enhancing the sealer beneath. 

Benefits of Countertop Wax

  • Protect from stains, spills, scratches, heat
  • Deepen colors, textures, and bring up the sheen
  • Prolong the life of the sealer used, increase time between sealing

Care and Maintenance Tips:

  • Wax monthly, or more frequently in higher use areas
  • Seal countertops every 1-3 years
  • Use cutting boards 
  • Clean up spills quickly 
  • Stay away from abrasive cleaners: Clean sealed and waxed countertops with mild soap and water. No citrus of vinegar based products should be used. (Organic does not always mean mild and can include citrus ingredients that you’ll want to avoid.


Supplies: Concrete wax, sponge wax application wax removal clothes, buffing pads

You can wax your concrete surface 48 hours after the sealer passes the water drop test. Several thin invisible applications of a concrete wax are recommended. Apply wax with a sponge wax applicator. Dampen the applicator with clean water and wring out. Use the damp applicator to apply a thin coat of wax in circular patterns, working on 2 square feet at a time. Immediately after applying the wax (before it dries), use a cloth to wipe off excess wax-it will seem like you’ve wiped up all of the wax but you will be leaving behind an invisible layer of wax protection on the surface. Repeat this process three times. Once the entire countertop has been waxed, use a buffing pad to buff out the finish. If needed, use a 0000# steel wool pad to lightly buff out streaking or unevenness in the wax finish.

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