Concrete, like any material, requires maintenance to ensure long life. The procedures for maintaining concrete are simple, but will extend the life of your piece.
The following are a few recommendations from Harper's:
- Spray your cast-stone piece with "Smart Stuff" ornamental concrete sealer or another similar product once a year.
- Water can gather under stepping stones and freeze in cold weather. This cycle of freezing and thawing can be harmful. To prevent damage, place stepping stones on a 1" layer of gravel or sand to allow for good drainage.
- Large statues should have a firm, level foundation. Stepping stones are an effective, easy, and inexpensive way to provide this foundation.
Planters and flower pots can be left out during the winter months if proper care is taken.
- Planters and flower pots should always have sufficient drainage to prevent standing water which could freeze during cold weather.
- Planters should also be set up off of solid surfaces such as concrete and asphalt so that the freeze and thaw cycle will not deteriorate concrete in the winter. This can be achieved simply by placing the piece on small wedges of wood.