Romaine. Countertops. November 07th , 2017.
Generally, the same rules apply for concrete countertop pre- and post-pour coloring techniques as they do for regular concrete slabs. Make sure to check rules and tips for each of these techniques before attempting. For example, you will likely want to wait until the concrete countertop is completely cured before applying any stain, which may take up to 60 days for interior applications. For every concrete countertop, you will want to use some sort of sealer. Concrete is naturally porous, so you will need a sealer to keep the pores from sucking in bacteria, stains, etc. There are many different sealers. Because this sealer will protect your concrete countertop investment, dont cheap out on this step. Especially for kitchen applications, choose an FDA approved sealer.
Soapstone countertops are most popular of the countertops and have been used for centuries. Soapstone is highly immune to acidic or alkaline materials and hence can be used in a variety of fixtures. People have used soapstone as preferred countertops in sculptures, goblets, fireplaces and tabletops. Most natural stone countertops, as can be seen are naturally resistant to staining and scratching in varying degrees. The importance of regular sealing and polishing though cannot be undermined. Regular sealing of the natural stone countertops will ensure that the resistance properties of the natural stone countertop remain with it forever. Bottom-line, natural countertops are resistant to scratch and stain. The important questions that challenge the resistance of these countertops are - 1) How permanent is the scratch? And 2) What is the degree of the scratch? Expect to be disappointed if you have your quartz countertop subjected to heavy scratches all the time. You must seal and polish your countertops regularly to ensure they retain their resistance power against scratching and staining.
Countertop paint sets are offered by many different manufacturers. Check websites and testimonials before you buy to gauge easy of application for each kit and long-term performance. Some manufacturers offer 100% Satisfaction Guarantees for their products. Kits can be found in popular discount superstores as well as on-line. Check around to get the best prices. Some manufacturers even provide a paint by number type template for do-it-yourselfers. Remember that while you newly painted countertops may look like granite, they are still laminate underneath, so you should continue to use trivets or protective pads before placing very hot items on your countertops. However, some countertop paint coating kits do provide a heat-resistant surface that is also safe to come in contact with food.
Also, if exposing the aggregate, consider using aggregates other than gravel, including broken glass, marble or granite chips, nuts and bolts, etc. Portland cement is the binder that keeps concrete held together. Because traditional Portland cement is grey in color, it can have an effect on the overall look of the concrete countertop. If you are looking for a top that can be easily stained dark colors, or if you are wanting to leave the concrete countertops the natural, grey color, then regular Portland is the right choice for the project. However, if your concrete countertop is going to be white or light colors, or you need it to be easily dyed or stained, you may be better suited to choose a white Portland cement. It has the same binding properties as traditional Portland, only it is white in color when cured.
Concrete can be used in copious applications using a variety of techniques. It is durable enough to last for decades to come, strong enough to be used in structural applications, and malleable (before cured) to be molded to almost any form or shape. It can be used in flooring, wall, and ceiling applications, or it can be employed to construct statues and furniture. It can be made to look industrial and cold as well as traditional and warm. With so many applications, it is nearly safe to say that concrete can be used to make almost anything, and countertops are no exception.
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