Corian – a brand name that is associated with luxury kitchen worktops nowadays – was first developed in the 1960s. It is now made in a very wide range of colour finishes to suit all sorts of interior décor styles. Despite the fact that Corian is a very durable material that does not need as much attention as other worktop types, you should look after it. According to DuPont, the company that makes Corian, here is what you will need to do to keep your kitchen worktops in tip-top condition.
Carry Out Normal Cleaning
Corian needs very simple measures to keep it in good condition on an everyday basis. To remove any germs that might be present on your worktop – for example, after you have been preparing raw chicken – you should wipe your work surfaces down with a damp cloth. It is best to use diluted bleach to ensure that all of the microbes that might be present are destroyed.
Other than that, you should simply wipe your Corian worktops over with soap and water. This is enough to remove any residues that might be left from spilt foodstuffs or liquids. Bear in mind that although Corian is impervious to fluids, stains can occur if liquids are not cleared up. Spillages of coffee, red wine, ketchup and other potentially staining fluids should be dealt with sooner rather than later with soap and water so that your work surface isn’t permanently discoloured. The same goes for certain dry foods, such as turmeric, which can also leave behind stains.
Avoid Heat Marks
Despite being hard-wearing, Corian can be damaged by exposure to heat. In a kitchen, this will typically occur because someone has put a hot frying pan or a saucepan down on a worktop without anything in the way to protect it. Avoid this by allowing hot items to cool before they are placed onto a worktop or putting a tea towel in the way to prevent heat marks from being left behind. If something hot has been left on a Corian worktop momentarily, then pour cold water over the affected area to help prevent marking.
Deal With Scratches
Corian can scratch. Over time, scratches tend to become more pronounced, especially if you have a darker Corian work surface where they will be more noticeable. Only ever use a chopping board when you are cutting things on your worktop to help prevent deep scratches from occurring. However, if you detect a scratch, then all is not lost. Contact a professional Corian installer and repair agent, such as Total Tops, who will be able to undertake a repair job for you.
Take Care With Boiling Water
DuPont says that its warranty on Corian products is invalidated by exposure to boiling water. This is worth knowing whether you keep your kettle on your worktop or have an instant boiling water tap installed. Avoid accidental spillages of boiling water by preparing hot drinks, for example, over a tray. Likewise, strain vegetables directly over your sink to prevent splashes.