Natural concrete finishes

If you have exposed concrete floors or walls – here are some finishes that make it easy to enhance the natural look of your concrete.

Concrete flooring in living room.
ARTICLE Nikki Morris

While concrete surfaces are durable – keeping them clean can be another story. Small contaminants, such as dust, tend to get entrained into the surface of the concrete and it can be near impossible getting the surface truly clean.
But there is something you can do to rejuvenate your floors without ruining the natural concrete look. Applying a clear finish over your concrete will not only protect the surface from wear and tear, but it will provide a smoother surface for cleaning. Maintaining the clear coating is much easier than trying to repair the concrete itself or to remove entrained dirt and dust.
It pays to choose the right product for the right project. Generally concrete finishes designed for floors and benchtops are designed for horizontal applications rather than vertical ones, and if you try to use them on walls you’ll find them harder to apply.
Protect your concrete floor with Resene Concrete Wax, a tough waterborne satin glaze that is quick and easy to apply. Scratches are easily repairable making it easy to keep the surface maintained. Resene Concrete Wax is non-yellowing, resistant to chipping, peeling, and oil and fat splashes.
For future renovation projects, if you are looking to enhance a natural concrete wall for that beautiful raw or industrial look – you should use Resene Concrete Clear. This finish will enhance the colour and natural beauty of the wall – whether concrete, brick or stone; and also acts as a protective layer.
Both products are highly recommended for the home, as they are waterbased, low odour and Environmental Choice approved.

You might be interested in reading: Concrete flooring and its benefits.

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This article featured on page 39 of Issue 015 of Renovate Magazine. Renovate Magazine is an easy to use resource providing fresh inspiration and motivation at every turn of the page.


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