How to Clean Concrete Countertops

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Clean Concrete Countertops
Clean Concrete Countertops (Image: Sanja Gjenero)

Concrete countertops are extremely durable and almost impossible to stain. However, the seal that coats most concrete countertops is highly susceptible to staining. There are several easy methods to clean concrete countertops, including soapy water, cat litter, pH neutral cleaners, oven cleaner and laundry stain remover.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap
  • Bucket
  • Rag
  • Cat litter
  • PH neutral cleaner wipes
  • Oven cleaner
  • Laundry stain remover
  • Laundry detergent
  • Scouring pad

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Clean any spills or stains immediately with soapy water. Add several squirts of dish soap to a bucket of warm water. Dip a rag in the water and wipe away any spills before they can stain. Rinse the rag in clean water and wipe clean.

Put cat litter on stubborn, oil-based stains. Allow it to set for at least an hour. Cat litter is very absorbent and will leech the oil from the countertop. Remove the cat litter and wipe the area with a clean, wet rag.

Use pH neutral cleaner wipes designed for specialty countertops. Simply remove a wipe from the package and scrub the stain. Most countertop cleaner wipes also have a sealing agent to protect countertops from future stains.

Spray a generous amount of oven cleaner on any stain. Ensure the stain is completely covered. Allow it to sit for several hours, then wipe away with a clean, wet rag.

Cover a stained area of the concrete countertops in laundry stain remover. Allow it to sit for several minutes, and then sprinkle laundry detergent onto it. Add a small amount of water and scrub with a scouring pad. Afterwards, wipe clean with a wet rag.

Tips & Warnings

  • Preventative maintenance is the best way to keep concrete countertops clean. Always clean spills immediately to prevent severe staining.
  • Oven cleaner should never be inhaled or used near children or pets. The laundry stain remover step should be used only as a last resort for stubborn, aged stains. Be careful not to scrub too hard because damage to the countertop can result.
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