Caring for your Slurry tableware…
All Slurry pieces are finished with high-quality sealers that offer top performance with low maintenance, but please remember that, unlike ceramics, concrete sealer is not fired so does require a little extra care.
Slurry was designed as display and servingware, and will look great for many years if you care for your concrete correctly.
Will my products stain?
Concrete is porous and although we apply five coats of high-performance sealer to all our Slurry products, some areas can remain porous. If you are concerned about your product staining, place it in cold water for 5 minutes. Any areas that darken are porous and could be subject to staining. Strong acidic substances (undiluted vinegars, strong blue cheeses, concentrated citrus, etc) will take the shine off your items and prolonged exposure may damage the sealer. We do not recommend exposing concrete items to these types of acidic substances for more than 2 hours. Particular care should be taken if using as fruit bowls to not allow fruit (particularly citrus) to decompose as resulting juices/acids can also damage the sealer.
Can I cut on my concrete platters?
There are very few products that will stand up to the use of sharp knives and concrete sealer is no different. A good comparison is to compare them to a stone, caesarstone or concrete benchtop…these are also not suitable to cut on. Even chopping boards will show wear and tear from sharp knives. Having said that though, we use sharp knives on our concrete platters in our home…we don’t mind the marks and barely notice them.
I dropped my concrete bowl and it chipped, I thought concrete was indestructible?
Concrete is very strong, and the concrete we use in our Slurry products is no different. Any hard knocks to the edges of our products may result in chips though, just like it would in ceramic, natural stone or manufactured stone.
I dragged my concrete platter along my bench and one of the rubber feet came off?
This can sometimes happen after a lot of use. Send us an email with your details and we’ll send you replacement feet.
How do I clean my concrete?
Rinse your concrete promptly after use and then wash in hot water and very mild soap. Always avoid harsh chemical and abrasives and avoid letting you concrete sit wet, dry as soon as you wash it if possible.
In conclusion…If you are keen on keeping your Slurry piece looking the exact same as the day you bought it we recommend you use it for display only.
Concrete over time can develop minute cracks and pinholes. This should not be viewed as flaws but rather as part of your concrete’s unique patina.
In our home we use our concrete pieces for everything and they still look great! We consider any marks that may occur as wear and tear and this adds to the natural patina of the concrete.
If you have any issues or questions about your concrete, please feel free to contact us.
PLEASE NOTE: Slurry pieces are not suitable for the dishwasher or the oven.
Caring for benchtops, vanities, etc…
Concrete is durable and hard wearing but, as with all products used for benchtops and vanities, does still requires a certain amount of care to keep it looking it’s best.
Concrete, like caesarstone, granite and marble, is susceptible to chipping on edges and corners when struck with hard objects. Hairline cracks can sometimes form near cutouts for sinks and cooktops but are purely aesthetic, never structural due to the glass fibre reinforcement used in our concrete.
Warm water and soap are best for cleaning your concrete surface. Never use any abrasive cleaning products or cloths as these will scratch and damage the surface.
Our sealers are highly stain resistant and have been formulated to protect your concrete from common staining substances; however common sense should still be used when dealing with substances such as turmeric, curry pastes, beetroot, berries, oils and acids. The same applies for bathroom vanity tops; be wary of hair dyes and highly pigmented make-up. Spills should be cleaned as soon as possible to prevent any stains. Should a stain occur, place some folded paper towel soaked with bleach over the stain and allow it to sit until the stain is gone. This may take minutes or hours depending on the severity of the stain. The bleach will not damage the sealer.
Never cut directly on your concrete benchtop, knives will pierce the sealer leaving your concrete vulnerable to staining. Cutting directly on your benchtop will also significantly dull your knives. Scratches in the sealer can also occur if you drag heavy, sharp or touch objects over your benches surface.
Whilst the sealer on your concrete is heat resistant, extreme heat can damage the underlying concrete, possibly causing it to crack, discolour or flake. We recommend you always use trivets under hot pots, trays etc.
PLEASE NOTE: Different sealers are used for different applications. Always refer to the care instructions provided with your product to best care for your concrete item.