Corian® is very easy to clean and maintain. Smooth and non-porous, Corian® does not absorb any substances because stains remain on the surface and can be easily removed, while scratches and small damage can be repaired using an abrasive sponge.
How to clean a surface in Corian®
All that is required to clean a surface in Corian® is a sponge and a common detergent or ammonia-based solution. The use of a wetted abrasive Scotch-Brite sponge, even without a cleaning product, is the solution for the most stubborn dirt: it is sufficient to use a circular motion of the sponge over the stain and to uniform the surface around it to ensure it remains homogenous.
How to eliminate difficult stains
Stains left by vinegar, coffee, tea, lemon juice, ketchup, red wine, food colouring and vegetal oils, generally considered difficult, can be eliminated from a surface in Corian® like any other stain. We suggest using a sponge and detergent or ammonia-based cleaning solution. More stubborn stains, such as pollen or saffron, can be cleaned with a small amount of bleach, which should be rinsed immediately with hot water. The surface should then be dried using a soft cloth.
Accidental stains caused by chemical substances such as paint remover, particular cleaning products or those containing methylene chloride, acids, nail polish, acetone-based products, inks, lipstick, etc., should be eliminated immediately using soap and water to avoid damaging the surface. These substances, all of which are Class 1 reactants, permanently alter surfaces in Corian® after only 16 hours of contact, making it fundamental to quickly remove chemical substances.
How to eliminate stains caused by acids
Corian® is not recommended for surfaces that may come into contact with Class 2 reactants. All the same, a stain caused by contact with one of these substances – for example hydrochloric acid (10M), formic acid (>50%), phosphoric acid (>75%) and sulphuric acid (>77%) – can always be eliminated using normal domestic detergents. It is important that exposure to these substances be limited to a very short time.
How to eliminate limescale from a surface in Corian®
When a kitchen sink in Corian® shows signs of staining, it is usually the fault of limescale build-up which has absorbed food substances. This is easy to test: apply a small amount of bleach diluted with water and the sink will return to being white in a few minutes, because the build-up has been bleached. This is why we suggest regular use of a limescale remover on all surfaces that come into contact with water.
Also in the bathroom, limescale can also build up around the drain or faucets. Use a non-abrasive sponge and normal domestic cleaner to remove this material, then rinse with hot water and dry with a soft cloth.
How to eliminate persistent stains and small scratches
Corian® is the only surface that can be restored simply by daily cleaning.
For persistent stains or small scratches, we suggest using a wetted abrasive sponge, such as Scotch-Brite: pass the sponge over the stain or scratch in a rotating motion, taking care to uniform the adjacent surface to eliminate differences in opacity.
The use of an abrasive sponge is so effective that the surface will look like new in no time.
How to care for Corian® in the kitchen
Strong and durable, Corian® easily resists against impact, scratches and daily wear. It is not unusual if, while preparing a meal or cooking, knives, plates and pots cause scratches or small dents. While on wood, stainless steel and laminate surfaces the effects of cutting or dragging remain forever, they can be eliminated from Corian® surfaces using a simple abrasive Scotch-Brite sponge, taking care to uniform the surrounding surface. For more consistent damages? No fear: a technician can repair them by inserting a new piece of the same material, without leaving the slightest trace.
What to do and what not to do in the kitchen
- Do not place pots and pans just removed from a source of heat directly on a surface in Corian®; always use a pot holder to separate the hot surface from the countertop.
- Run cold water when draining pasta and other hot substances in the sink and always cool down a pot before placing it in the sink.