How to Wax Concrete Kitchen Counters

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  • 4-72 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 100-120
What You'll Need
Nap roller or waxing pad
Roller pan
High-quality concrete sealer
Concrete polish or wax
What You'll Need
Nap roller or waxing pad
Roller pan
High-quality concrete sealer
Concrete polish or wax

Concrete is a popular choice for kitchen counters because of its many customizable options. Not only does this material come in a variety of colors and finishes, but it can be molded into different features, such as drying racks or built-in sinks. While concrete is a solid choice for kitchen counters, it needs to be properly sealed to prevent unwanted stains and blemishes. Here is a quick guide on how to wax your concrete kitchen counters and keep them looking good as new.

Step 1 - Prepare Sealer

Follow the preparation instructions on the sealer and shake well if necessary. When picking the right kind of sealer, make sure it goes well with the polish or wax. You also want to keep in mind that you will need to re-apply the sealer periodically to maintain its effectiveness. Once you have picked the sealer, pour it into a roller pan and soak the nap roller thoroughly. Push the roller against the pan a few times to remove any excess sealer.

Step 2 - Apply Sealer

Using the nap roller, apply an even coat of the sealer to the top of the concrete counter. The goal is to cover the entire countertop with the sealing agent. Once the surface is covered, start back at the beginning and continue rolling until the sealer is fully absorbed into the concrete. Do not put more sealer on the roller at this stage.

Step 3 - Keep Rolling

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Allow the sealer a few minutes to soak in and then continue rolling. After a while, the surface will get smoother as the sealer stops separating and begins to fully absorb into the surface. It is recommended to roll in different directions to ensure the sealer has been evenly distributed across the countertop.

Step 4 - Apply Second Layer

After the first layer is smooth, you should apply another layer of sealer for maximum protection. Follow the same steps as you did when you applied the first layer. You should also follow the instructions on the sealer for proper drying times between coats. Once the second layer is fully absorbed and smooth, you can move on to the finishing touches.

Step 5 - Edge Work

Now that the top of the counter is finished, it is time to turn our attention to the sides or other hard-to-reach areas. Use a paintbrush to cover the edges of the countertop, just like you did with the roller. Keep brushing the sealer in until it is smooth like the countertop. You can also use a soft cloth for this step.

Step 6 - Coat with Polish or Wax

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Once the sealer has completely dried it needs to be coated with wax or polish. The wax will add more depth and a higher gloss look to the surface of the concrete. It also provides a lot more protection than just using a sealer and will help prevent surface scratches and stains. Apply the polish or wax exactly like you did the sealer. Depending on the type of wax, you can either use the nap roller or a waxing pad for this step.

Step 7 - Cleanup

Once the wax has been applied, clean up any access sealer or polish with a rag. Run the rag across the backsplash of the countertop and any other areas where splashing may have occurred. It is best to remove this excess material before it dries.

Other Tips

Use a high-quality roller to prevent any debris on the brush from transferring into the finish. Avoid using heavy cleaning agents or acid-based products on the concrete surface as this can erode the wax and sealer. If you accidentally spill acids on the surface like vinegar or lemon juice, wipe it off as quickly as possible with some warm water and soap.