Solid Surface Care Tips
If you’ve gotten yourself a solid surface decorative panel or top then we can understand your delight. Fortunately, solid surfaces are pretty easy to maintain. But that doesn’t mean that you can get careless. Durable as they are, solid surfaces are not invulnerable.
With all these in mind, here are a few essential tips you need to know and do to keep your solid surface products in good condition for years to come.
DON’T CUT DIRECTLY ON THE SURFACE
Solid surface counter tops are soft materials, and cutting directly on these surfaces will cause chipping or scratching. Always use a cutting board.
Chips and scratches aren’t only aesthetically unpleasant but will also catch stains easily and pose a hygiene hazard when gunk and germs start to clog and fester. It’s also not easy to clean it out.
ALWAYS USE A TRIVET OR PAD
When cooking, it’s common for a pan on stove to get as hot as 166 degrees Celsius, if not hotter. But surface solid melting point is 160 degree Celsius. Thus, putting a hot pan or dish directly onto an acrylic countertop is not at all advised.
AVOID SCRUBBING WITH ANYTHING ABRASIVE
Don’t get the wise idea that more is better and start using abrasive scrubbers thinking it would remove a tough stain; because it’s going to remove more than that!
Scrubbing with an abrasive scrub can cause fine scratching to something much worse. The severity of the damage can range from dulling to outright gashing.
This type of damage is particularly noticeable on dark coloured, high-gloss finishes. Minor scratching can be polished away with the right tools and technique
AVOID STRONG CHEMICAL CLEANERS
Avoid strong cleaners like bleach, thinners or acetone. Use ammonia-based cleaning products or soap and water instead. Strong cleaners have a nasty habit of leaving solid surfaces marked or discoloured. If any of these cleaners do come into contact it is best to wash it away quickly with soap and a flush of water.
Glass cleaners are ammonia-based and are abundant on the market; most hardware stores should carry them. Vinegar can be used to dissolve calciferous build-up (white calcium salt).