FAQs:

 Q: How do I care for a concrete sink? 

A: Caring for a concrete sink is simple. To ensure your concrete sink stays beautiful it is important to clean the concrete sink on a regular basis and to avoid using any harsh chemicals or rough materials during cleaning. It is also important to ensure that any spills are wiped off the concrete surface as soon as possible. Strong soaps or any toothpastes left on the concrete’s surface have the potential to wear the concrete’s sealer overtime and leave the concrete surface unprotected. This could cause staining of the surface. To retain the smooth surface of your concrete sink, simply clean little and often.  

Q: How do I clean a concrete sink? 

A: Cleaning a concrete sink is easy. All you need is a warm, damp cloth and a mild or water-based detergent or cleanser with a neutral pH. Simply wipe down the concrete surface on a regular basis with these materials to keep your concrete sink clean and beautiful. It is important that you use a gentle agent to clean your concrete sink and to avoid any acidic cleaners or products that contain strong bleach. These could harm your sealer and over time damage the smooth concrete surface. Abrasive cleansers or scrubbers should also be avoided, including Brillo pads, 3M scrubbing pads, and any other similar products with rough abrasive textures. 

  

Q: How do I care for a concrete worktop? 

A: Caring for a concrete worktop is simple. To ensure your concrete worktop stays beautiful it is important to use normal care with respect to water, oil, and foods and to clean the concrete surface on a regular basis with gentle materials & detergents. Avoid using any harsh chemicals or abrasives during cleaning as these could damage the concrete surface of your concrete worktop. It is also important to ensure that any spills, particularly spillage of red wine or acidic items such as lemon juice, vinegar and/or mustard, are wiped off the concrete surface as soon as possible. Any spills that are left on the concrete’s surface for an extended period of time have the potential to stain the concrete worktop. It is a good idea to use coasters when resting any hot or cold drinks and avoid resting hot pans directly on the concrete worktop.  To retain the smooth surface of your concrete worktop simply ensure all stains are cleaned away using gentle materials on a regular basis. 

  

Q: How do I clean a concrete worktop? 

A: Cleaning a concrete worktop is easy. All you need is a warm, damp cloth and a mild or water-based detergent or cleanser with a neutral pH. Simply wipe down the concrete surface on a regular basis with these materials to keep your concrete worktop clean and beautiful. It is important that you use a gentle agent to clean your concrete worktop and avoid any acidic cleaners or products that contain strong bleach. These could harm the concrete surface of your concrete worktop and over time damage the sealer and leave the concrete worktop unprotected. Abrasive cleansers or scrubbers should also be avoided, including Brillo pads, 3M scrubbing pads, and any other similar products with rough abrasive surfaces.  

  

Q: What cleaning products can I use to clean concrete? 

A: It is best to use gentle materials when cleaning concrete surfaces. These include warm, damp cloths and mild or water-based detergents and cleansers with neutral pHs. It is important to avoid any harsh chemicals, acids, strong bleach, and any harsh or rough materials such as Brillo pads and 3m scrubbing pads, as over time could damage your concrete worktops sealer. 

  

Q: How do I care for concrete floors? 

A: Although we do not manufacture concrete flooring and as such cannot advise on a specific cleaning method for concrete flooring as with any natural material it is imperative to treat it with gentle care and consideration and to avoid allowing any harsh chemicals or materials to come into contact with it.  

  

Q: How do I avoid staining my concrete surface? 

A: To avoid staining a concrete surface it is imperative to wipe away any spillage as soon as it occurs. Any spills that are left on a concrete surface for an extended period of time could damage the concrete surface and cause discolouration of the concrete’s surface. It is also important to use coasters when resting any hot or cold drinks on a concrete surface as these can cause staining on a concrete surface over time.  

Q: How durable is concrete? 

A: Concrete has long been known for its strength, resilience and durability. Once properly sealed concrete can withstand the same wear and tear as any other natural material. Here at Forma Studios we use a water-based polyurethane sealers on all our concrete countertops, concrete basins and concrete tables to ensure that our concrete surfaces are fully protected and able to withstand against everyday usage and wear and tear.  

Q: What is the difference between a concrete worktop and a marble worktop? 

A: Concrete and marble are both natural materials with their own unique properties and aesthetics. Marble comes from limestone and is a traditionally elegant material for use as a kitchen worktop. Indeed, marble has been used for years in interiors and has become synonymous with luxury interiors. Concrete meanwhile has only recently established itself as an exceptional alternative to marble. It is therefore a much more contemporary material. Concrete is also a much more versatile material and concrete worktops are available made to order in a range of luxury finishes and colours. Concrete worktops can furthermore be custom made to suit specific requirements and require minimal maintenance. 

Q: What is the difference between a concrete worktop and a granite worktop? 

A: Granite and marble are both natural materials with their own unique properties and aesthetics. Granite worktops are durable and tend to last for many years. As such they have been used as kitchen worktops for many years. Concrete meanwhile has only recently established itself as an exceptional alternative to granite. It is therefore a much more contemporary material. Concrete is also a much more versatile material and concrete worktops are available made to order in a range of luxury finishes and colours. Concrete worktops can furthermore be custom made to suit specific requirements and require minimal maintenance.  

Q: What is the difference between a concrete table and a marble table? 

A: Marble tables have long been used in luxury interiors to add a touch of elegance and beauty to traditional interiors. Concrete tables meanwhile have only just emerged as alternatives to marble tables and as such are much more versatile. Indeed, concrete tables are available made to order in a range of luxury finishes and colours. Concrete tables can furthermore be custom made to suit specific requirements and are therefore excellent alternatives to marble tables. 

Q: What is the difference between a concrete table and a natural stone table?  

A: Natural stone tables are used in many luxury interiors. However, concrete tables are now being used as alternatives to traditional stone tables due to concrete’s versatility and contemporary aesthetic. Indeed, concrete tables are available made to order in a range of luxury finishes and colours. Concrete tables can furthermore be custom made to suit specific requirements and are therefore excellent alternatives to stone tables.  

Q: What colours and finishes are available in concrete? 

A: Concrete is a versatile material. As such it is available in a range of finishes and colours – blush pink, mint green, natural grey, charcoal grey, and winter white are all but to name a few. We furthermore specialise in surface manipulation and can produce concrete in a range of finishes including aerated concrete, weathered concrete, old concrete, aged concrete, industrial style concrete, sleek concrete, and smooth concrete surfaces, tables, basins and worktops. 

Q: How heavy is concrete? 

A: Our concrete is no heavier than granite, marble or any other type of natural stone. In fact as we make our concrete from GRC, many of our concrete pieces tend to be hollow and are only between twenty-five to thirty millimetres thick. As a result our concrete products actually tend to be lighter than their equivalent made from granite, stone or marble. This is what makes our floating concrete sinks ideal to be wall hung or mounted.

Q: How do I care for a concrete table? 

A: Caring for a concrete table is simple. To ensure your concrete table stays beautiful it is important to clean the concrete top on a regular basis with gentle materials and to avoid using any harsh chemicals or rough materials during cleaning. It is also important to ensure that any spills are wiped off the concrete top as soon as possible and coasters are used when resting any glasses or plates on the concrete table. This is especially important as certain food & drinks left on the concrete top of your table have the potential to stain. To retain the smooth surface of your concrete table, simply ensure all spills are cleaned away using gentle materials on a regular basis. 

Q: What sealer do you use on your concrete products? 

A: We use a water-based Matt Polyurethane sealer on all our concrete worktops, concrete basins and concrete tables to ensure that our concrete surfaces are fully protected and able to withstand everyday usage and wear and tear.  

Q: Is it normal for cracks to appear on a concrete surface? 

A: Rarely, if ever, micro hairline cracks can appear on a concrete surface. However, if they do occur it is important to note that they are considered an inherent part of the product and are usually not structural. Indeed, if a hairline crack does appear it would usually be around a sink void or a very narrow section of a surface. Hairline cracks are not a manufacturing defect nor do they threaten the integrity or stability of the slab or prevent the continued and normal use of the worktop.  

Q: How do I care for concrete garden furniture? 

A: Caring for concrete garden furniture is simple. To ensure your concrete garden furniture lasts it’s full lifetime we have taken special care to use a concrete sealer on all our concrete products. This will protect your product against everyday usage and normal wear and tear. However, as with all garden furniture it is important to recognise that outside weather conditions can be harsh and as always it is best to cover your furniture when it is not in use. It is also important to remember to clean your concrete garden furniture on a regular basis with gentle materials and to avoid using any harsh chemicals or rough materials during cleaning. Make sure to wipe off any spills as soon as possible and ensure coasters are used when resting any glasses or plates on the concrete surface.  To retain the smooth surface of your concrete garden furniture, simply ensure all stains are cleaned away using gentle materials on a regular basis and your furniture is kept covered when not in use. 

Q: How do I care for a concrete dining table? 

A: Caring for a concrete dining table is simple. To ensure your concrete dining table stays as new it is important to clean the concrete top on a regular basis with gentle materials and to avoid using any harsh chemicals or rough materials during cleaning. It is also important to ensure that any spills are wiped off the concrete top as soon as possible and coasters are used when resting any glasses or plates on the concrete table.  To retain the smooth surface of your concrete dining table, simply ensure all stains are cleaned away using gentle materials on a regular basis. 

Q: How do I care for a concrete coffee table? 

A: Caring for a concrete coffee table is simple. To ensure your concrete coffee table stays beautiful it is important to clean the concrete top on a regular basis with gentle materials and to avoid using any harsh chemicals or rough materials during cleaning. It is also important to ensure that any spills are wiped off the concrete top as soon as possible and coasters are used when resting any glasses or plates on the concrete table. To retain the smooth surface of your concrete coffee table, simply ensure all stains are cleaned away using gentle materials on a regular basis. 

Q: How do I care for a concrete console table? 

A: Caring for a concrete console table is simple. To ensure your concrete console table stays beautiful it is important to clean the concrete top on a regular basis with gentle materials and to avoid using any harsh chemicals or rough materials during cleaning. It is also important to ensure that any spills are wiped off the concrete top as soon as possible and coasters are used when resting any glasses or plates on the concrete table. To retain the smooth surface of your concrete console table, simply ensure all stains are cleaned away using gentle materials on a regular basis. 

Q: How do I contact you if I have questions about my product? 

A: If you have any queries related to your product please do not hesitate to contact us on + 44 (0) 208 611 2945 or info@formastudios.co.uk. We are always happy to discuss appropriate product care and answer any questions you may have. 

Q: What is your guarantee on your products? 

A: We provide a one year guarantee with all our products. This ensures that during the first year after installation we will repair or replace a product if it fails to maintain its functional structural integrity for the intended purpose of the product solely due to a manufacturing defect. Please note that this applies only to Forma Studios products that have been handled, fabricated, installed and maintained in the manner recommended by Forma Studios. Hairline cracks, surface scratches and chips are not included as part of this warranty, nor is structural damage caused by severe impacts or damage stemming from loss of support and/or excessive deflections by the supporting cabinetry or hardware. Forma Studios shall have sole and final right to determine whether a Guarantee claim is valid. 

Q: How do we ensure the perfect fit for our concrete worktops? 

A: Forma Studios take special care to ensure each concrete worktop is made to the exact size required by the client. To ensure the perfect fit we arrange for our team to come to site to measure the exact dimensions before making a custom template of the design. This process ensures that all our concrete worktops are made with precision and the utmost attention to detail.  

Q: How can I see what items you currently have in stock? 

A: We occasionally have items in stock that are available to purchase. To enquire as to our current availability please email info@formastudios.co.uk.  

 

Q: How do I know if concrete is right for me? 

A: Concrete is a beautiful material that blends perfectly with almost all interiors. It’s contemporary aesthetic adds a touch of elegance and modernity to any space while concrete’s versatility allows you the freedom to create a custom design to suit your requirements including the choice of size, shape, colour and finish. Choosing to use concrete in your interior is an exciting decision, however, it is important to note that every concrete surface is handmade and as such imperfections may occur. This may be significant if you are looking for a pristine, seamless finish, although it is also considered to be one of the unique charms of bespoke craftsmanship. To familiarise yourself with the possibilities of concrete and what we create here at Forma Studios please take a look at our recent works. You can also read our blog to learn more about the beauty of bespoke design and whether or not concrete is the right choice for you.