I am a true believer that cement belongs in every home. I mean I know it’s involved in the building process! I, however, am talking about it from an interior design aspect. It just adds a nice industrial element to any space. BUT, sadly for most people, they don’t know how to care for it, thus kind of making it a turnoff when you’re trying to pitch the whole idea. So, today, I thought I would give you a quick run-through on how I care for it; that way you have THIS for possible future reference . . . and our dining room table is due for a little TLC.
This is one of my personal favorite pieces in our home. We purchased it over a year ago from CB2 and have loved it ever since. It’s contemporary, has clean lines, and is sturdy as all get out = all-important attributes when talking about furniture. Anyway, with cement furniture, you need to be prepared for “character” marks. As in, our table will not look the same as it did the first day it was delivered. Why? Well, we all know you can expect a little wear and tear on any furniture over time, but cement has pores that like to absorb stuff like water, oils, etc. YOUR saving grace will be to use coasters/placemats AND to wax it every three or so months with beeswax.
My personal preference in beeswax is the Howard brand Feed-N-Wax Wood Polish and Conditioner in Beeswax & Orange Oil. Yes, I do understand it’s technically for wood but it has the same effect. Trust me :) it’s fine. I also love the Rejuvenate Chamois & Microfiber Polishing Pad, because you can use one side for application and the other to buff some shine. Okay, now it’s time to get down to business.
The first step in this process is to take a damp cloth and wipe down the entire surface to remove any sort of dust, debris, or if you’re like our household, Hazel’s bristly English Bulldog hair :( you don’t want to be rubbing junk [does that sound dirty? lol] into your table. Okay, now wipe down the surface once more ONLY this time with a dry towel to eliminate any extra moisture. Capish?
Immediately following, squeeze a generous amount of the beeswax onto the microfiber side of the pad.
Apply the beeswax to the entire surface in a circular motion. Please don’t forget to include all sides and any sort of legs. They need love too ;)
The surface should look nice and shiny. Let stand at least 20 minutes. Then wipe off any excess wax. I’ve never had to do this, but incase you WERE very liberal in your application, I thought I’d mention it.
Next, take the chamois side of the pad, conjure up some elbow grease, and get to polishing!
“I came from a real tough neighborhood. I put my hand in some cement and felt another hand.” – Rodney Dangerfield
Isn’t she pretty? I hope this helps cancel out your fears of owning cement furniture. I just LOVE our dining room set so much – can’t imagine our home without it!