How to Clean Concrete Countertops
What You Need
- Simple Green Granite & Stone Cleaner
- Sponge or non-abrasive scrubbing pad
- Non-abrasive cloths or paper towels
Concrete countertops have become a popular choice for contemporary kitchens because they are completely customizable, durable, and easy to clean. You can have them installed as actual concrete slabs or, if you're looking to save some money, embark on your own DIY countertop journey.
Whether they're professionally installed or not, the most critical step in the process is to have them sealed and resealing them every 1-3 years. As everyday wear-and-tear slowly wears down the sealant, the material will begin to look dull and become more vulnerable to staining. Small scratches, spots, and stains are notoriously noticeable on these surfaces, and the porous material can absorb liquids and lead to rapid bacterial growth, especially in the kitchen.
DIY aficionados claim the best way to clean concrete countertops is to apply a baking soda paste, cover with plastic wrap, and seal the edges with tape. This can be messy and you may have to wait up to 48 hours for the paste to dry before you can continue cleaning.
Otherwise, a round of cleaning with dish soap and water can leave concrete counters with a stubborn white film, while acidic cleaners, such as vinegar, can etch or create holes and divots.
Regular cleaning with non-abrasive Simple Green Granite & Stone Cleaner gives surfaces a soft-streak-free shine to make natural and engineered stone look new again. The formula is ideal for use in kitchens and can be used daily on marble, granite, quartz, concrete, and more.
It's easier said than done, but we advise wiping up spills as soon as you notice them and wiping down countertops daily.
Directions for Cleaning Concrete Countertops:
- Move appliances. Unplug countertop appliances and move them to where they won't be in the way of cleaning. Wipe the countertop with a dry paper towel to remove loose crumbs.
- Spray Simple Green Granite & Stone Cleaner onto the countertop. Let it sit for about a minute on heavier grime or stubborn stains.
- Scrub, if necessary. Use a sponge, non-abrasive scrubbing pad, or cloth to wipe away the cleaner and remove stains.
- Wipe and rinse with clean, cold water. Thoroughly wipe down the countertop with a damp sponge, non-abrasive soft cloth, or paper towels.
- Dry and polish. For extra shine and protection, follow your cleaning with Simple Green Granite & Stone Polish. Give the countertops a final wipe down with a non-abrasive, soft cloth or paper towel for a clean, streak-free finish.
TIP: You should never place a hot pot or pan directly on concrete countertops. Many countertop sealers do not do well under extreme heat. Also always use cutting boards to avoid scratching the concrete.