Corian® Care and Maintenance

Corian® Care and Maintenance

Corian® was created for a lifetime of easy care. Just follow the simple guidelines listed here to keep your Corian® surfaces looking as fresh as the day they were installed. Your care and maintenance kit will provide you with the tips and tools to help you enjoy your new Corian® top for years to come.

Corian Routine Care

Routine Care

Typically, three types of countertop finishes are used: matte/satin, semi-gloss and high-gloss*. Most countertops are finished with a matte/satin finish. All sinks have a matte finish. However, routine cleaning may raise the gloss level of the countertop over time. Soapy water, ammonia-based cleaners (not window 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 below to properly clean your countertop and sink.

With over 100 colors and varying hues, some colors may appear to require more frequent cleaning to maintain their beauty. Darker colors tend to show fine scratches more easily and will require more attention than lighter colors. Over time through care and use your countertop 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 Surfaces
Cleaning All Finishes

Most dirt & residue

Use soapy water or ammonia based cleaner (not window cleaners), rinse and wipe dry.

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 still 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.

Refurbishing Finished Gloss Level
Refurbishing Finished Gloss Level

Matte

Rub entire surface with a green Scotch-Brite® pad in a circular motion.  Rinse surface with water and wipe dry.

Semi-gloss

Use a countertop polish (see list below) to help hide scratches and blend in a uniform gloss level.

High-gloss

Follow steps for semi-gloss or contact your dealer to arrange for professional refurbishment.

Sinks and Lavatories
Sinks and Lavatories

Cleaning

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

Disinfecting

Occasionally fill sink ¼ full with diluted household bleach (1 part water/1 part bleach).  Let stand for 15 minutes, and then wash sides and bottom as solution drains. 

Preventing Heat Damage

Preventing Heat Damage

Corian® is an excellent material for heat resistance. As with all countertop materials, it is important to minimize direct heat exposure to protect your surface and investment. We recommend using heat trivets or hot pads when placing hot objects on any surface. Allow cookware to cool before placing them into a Corian® sink.

Preventing Other Damage

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

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:

 

  • Refer to sources for materials below to obtain abrasive pads mentioned here.
  • First, wash the area to remove any film that may clog the pads. Start with the Green pad. (Pad color from roughest to smoothest is: 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 Yellow pad. To minimize dust during sanding, wet the surface. Rinse pad periodically to clean residue.
  • Clean top with water. Inspect to see if scratch was removed. If scratch remains repeat previous step. If scratch is gone, select next finer grit and repeat process. Rub over a larger area to blend in sanding.
  • Continue process using successively finer grits until the area blends closely with the surrounding surface gloss. Wash area to remove all sanding dust and residue. Rinse with clean water and wipe dry.
  • Rinse out all pads used and air dry before putting them away.
Other Resources

An alternative is to contact your retailer who can arrange for professional refinishing. This service will be at your cost. For large defects and repairs or for complete routine professional refurbishing service, contact your local Corian® sales expert.

Sources for materials mentioned above:

  • Abrasive pads – Micro-Surface Finishing Products, Inc., (800) 225-3006
  • Deep Cleaner for DuPont Corian® – SCI or The Home Depot, SCI – (800) 839-1654
  • Scotch-Brite® Pads – Local Supermarket or Hardware Store
  • SoftScrub® – Local Supermarket