So you’ve got yourself a handsome piece of concrete furniture, and you’re wondering how to care for it. Of course. It’s not every day that you bring a chunk of concrete into the house.
At Lyon Béton, we often say that buying a piece of concrete furniture is a commitment.
It’s an object that will enter into your daily routines, that will stick around for a long time, that will grow and change along with you.
Concrete is durable, but you still have to care for it. Especially if you want to pass it on to your heirs.
It’s a bit like oiling a nice wooden table every once in a while or waxing a leather armchair to keep it soft.
How to protect and care for your concrete furniture
All of our concrete furniture is treated at the manufacturing stage with water- and oil-repellent solutions (the latter helps protect against grease). This way, nothing can enter the pores of your concrete.
But as with all treatments, its lifespan will depend on how intensely you use your concrete furniture.
For example, for a dining table with a concrete tabletop that you wipe down daily, the treatment fades more quickly than it might on a concrete chair.
When you see that the treatment has faded (water no longer beads on the surface), what do you do?
There are two schools of thought.
There are the purists, who want their concrete furniture to be as it was on day one.
And there are the contemplatives, who like the idea that their possessions might come to reflect the conditions of their lives.
If you’re part of the first school of thought, all you have to do is apply a new treatment to waterproof your concrete. Ask your local store for an invisible sealer for stone. And don’t forget to test it on a hidden face first.
If you’re more of a contemplative, then hold tight! Continue contemplating your concrete furniture, which will gently patinate before your very eyes over the course of the years. That’s our preferred philosophy, at least.
How to clean your concrete furniture
If you have a dining table or a coffee table with a concrete tabletop, you’re going to find yourself wiping it down on a regular basis. In this case, don’t use any abrasive materials or cleaning products with solvents. In short, a damp rag or soft sponge will do the trick. If your table is dirtier than most (like, for example, if you have kids), you can wipe it down with the help of a cleaning product as long as it doesn’t contain any solvent.
How to clean a grease or wine stain on a piece of concrete furniture
So you forgot to clear off your concrete coffee table following your little get-together last night, and now there’s rings of wine and grease everywhere.
Obviously, as with lots of materials, this is a situation to try and avoid. We’ve all been there. Thankfully, there’s hope for your concrete tabletop.
As concrete is mineral, you can use any stain remover as long as it is made for natural stone. Ask your local store to help you identify the good product depending on the nature of the stain (organic, oil-based…).
How to fix fissures and cracks in your concrete furniture
Concrete is pretty solid, but if you hit it with a hammer, it’s going to crack.
Once again, you can learn to live with this kind of wear and tear. But if big cracks bother you, you can fix your concrete furniture.
The best thing to do is to use fast-drying cement to fill in the crack. Once dry, sand the spot down, first with medium-grit sandpaper (120) then with something finer (180 or more), and there you go. Nothing miraculous. The repair will be visible, and once again, you’ll have to learn to live with the mistakes of the past.
Don’t hesitate to protect your furniture anew, especially the repaired parts, with a water- and oil-repellent solution.