Care & Maintenance

There are three types of counter top finishes: matte/satin, semi-gloss and high-gloss. Most counter tops are finished with a matte/satin finish. All sinks have a matte/satin finish. Soapy water, ammonia based cleaners or commercially available solid surface cleaners will remove most dirt and residue from all types of finishes. Stubborn residue will require a little stronger cleaner. Follow the recommendations on the next page to properly clean your counter top and sink.Corian

care and maintenanceWith over 100 colors and varying hues some colors may appear to require more frequent cleaning to maintain a uniform finish. Darker colors tend to require more attention than lighter colors. Over time through care and use your counter top will acquire a patina, changing the appearance of the finish. You may restore the look of the original finish by following the refurbishing guidelines on the next page. Contact your local Corian® sales expert if you are unsure of your finish.

 

 

Cleaning All Finishes

Most dirt & residue

Use soapy water or an ammonia based cleaner, rinse and wipe dry.
This is extra important when hard or well water is used

Water marks

Wipe with damp cloth and wipe dry

Difficult residue

Spray residue with Deep Cleaner for DuPont Corian® from Stone Care International, wait for about 30 seconds for cleaner to work. Wipe dry with a paper towel. If residue persists, repeat process. If residue still persists, follow directions for removing scratches.

Disinfecting

Occasionally wipe surface with dilute household bleach (1 part water/1 part bleach). Rinse top thoroughly with water and wipe dry.

Sinks & Lavatories

Cleaning

Follow procedures above or use Soft Scrub®** and a green Scotch-Brite®* pad to remove residue. Rub Scotch-Brite®* pad over entire sink to blend in finish.

Disinfecting

Occasionally fill sink 1/4 full with diluted household bleach (1 part water/1 part bleach). Let stand for 15 minutes, then wash sides and bottom as solution drains. Rinse sink with water.

*Registered trademark of the 3M Company
**Registered trademark of the Clorox Company.

DO NOT get bleach solution in eyes or on bare skin. Always wear rubber gloves and protective eyewear when working with bleach.

Over the counter cleaners, such as, Clean EnCounters® may be used for routine cleaning in place of soap and water.

1 Countertop Magic is a registered trademark of Magic America Corp.
2 Hope’s Countertop Polish is a registered trademark of The Hope Co.
3 Enhance Countertop Polish is a registered of Eastern Marble Co.

 

Preventing Heat Damage

counter tops maintenanceCorian® is an excellent material for heat resistance. As with all countertop materials, it is important to use common sense to minimize direct heat exposure to protect your surface and investment. Use heat trivets or hot pads when placing hot objects on any surface and allow cookware to cool before placing them into a Corian® sink.

 

Preventing Other Damage

In most cases Corian® can be repaired if accidentally damaged. However, be sure to follow the guidelines here to prevent any permanent damage to Corian®.

Avoid exposing Corian® to strong chemicals, such as paint removers, oven cleaners, etc. If contact occurs, quickly flush the surface with water.

Do not cut directly on Corian® countertops. Boiling water alone will not damage your Corian® sink, however it’s a good practice to run your faucet while pouring boiling water into your sink.

 

Removing Minor Cuts and Scratches*

Because the solid beauty of Corian® goes all the way through, Corian® surfaces are completely renewable. You can remove minor cuts and scratches yourself by following these instructions.

Judge the severity of the scratch and start with the finest grit sanding pad to remove the scratch. (The color of the pads from roughest to smoothest are: White, Yellow, Green, Peach, Lilac, Blue, Gray.) Rub over scratch in a straight line to remove it. Periodically switch rubbing direction 90°. Be sure all of the scratch is removed. If this first step takes too long, try the next heavier grit sanding pad. To minimize dust during sanding, wet the surface. Rinse pad periodically to clean residue.

Clean top with water. Select next lighter grit and repeat process. Rub over a larger area to blend in sanding.

Continue process using successively finer grits until desired gloss level is achieved. Rinse out all pads used and air dry before putting them away.

 

Sources for materials mentioned previously:

Cleaner for DuPont™ Corian® SCI (800) 839-1654
Clean EnCounters® SCI (800) 839-1654
Abrasive pads Micro-Surface Finishing Products, Inc.
(800) 225-3006
Countertop Magic® Magic America Corp.
(800) 321-6330
Hope’s Countertop Polish The Hope Co. (800) 325-4026
Enhance Countertop Polish EMS – (800) 643-8818
Hope’s Countertop Polish The Hope Co. (800) 325-4026
SoftScrub® Local supermarkets
Green Scotch-Brite® Local supermarkets
*For large defects and repairs or for complete routine professional refurbishing service, contact your local Corian® sales expert.