|February 2, 2012||Posted by Jessie under Kitchen, Tips and Tricks|
When we made our concrete countertops last July, we had researched ways to finish them off and settled on some carnauba wax for the glossy, sealed finish. It worked well, but in some of the creases and cracks the yellow color of the wax never completely disappeared. After finding a great deal on a power buffer on Craigslist, Mike started researching around to see if there were other wax options out there for concrete countertops. He ended up finding some through this website. I decided to finally re-wax the counters this week and try out the buffer and new wax. It is recommended to wax every 3-6 months to help keep your counters stain-resistant. I followed the directions on the bottle and began by getting a damp cloth to wipe the wax on with.
You can feel a tackiness on the counters after you wipe the wax on-the buffer will take care of this. I turned our power buffer on and went back over the wax in a circular motion, making sure to cover the whole counter.
And that’s it! It’s hard to tell much difference in appearance, but the counters are nice, shiny, and protected.
We also took some time to rejuvenate our butcher block counter on the island. We used food-safe mineral oil, which you can order online inexpensively, to richen, disinfect, and clean our counter. Grab a rag and just wipe it down with the oil.
It takes about 25 minutes to do both countertop surfaces. These tips may not be applicable to everyone, but I wanted to give you all the updates on products/techniques we are using to preserve all our hard work in case you decide to go this route or already have similar counters. And if you wondering, we love the concrete counters even more than the day they we installed them:) Easy to clean and take care of and oh, so pretty.