So you’ve chosen a solid surface countertop for your new kitchen; you’re not alone! This cost-effective countertop option has become a popular choice among homeowners, contractors and designers alike. One of the benefits of choosing a solid surface countertop is that they are easy to clean and maintain. Here are a few tips to help you keep your countertop looking like new!
Preventing Heat Damage:
Solid surface countertops will resist heat better than most other surfaces but changes in temperature can cause the material to expand and contract, resulting in scorching, cracking or seam separation. To prevent damage, never place hot pots directly on your countertop, ensure that portable appliances are supported on solid trivets with rubber feet and ensure that a vent hood or downdraft fan is used when working on a cooktop or range.
Avoid Strong Chemicals:
Harsh chemicals like stove and drain cleaners, paint removes or acetone-based products can damage the countertop. In the event of accidental contact, flush with soapy water immediately, rinse and then dry.
Always Use a Cutting Board:
To avoid scratching your countertop, always use a cutting board.
Stains and Dirt:
For stains or dirt, use soapy water or an ammonia-based cleaning solution.
To remove water spots, use a soft damp towel and wipe dry.
Spray stain with a household cleaner and wait for 30 seconds. Wipe surface with a damp, soft towel and wipe dry. If stain persists, repeat process as necessary.
Every so often wipe the counter down with a 1:1 ration of water and bleach to disinfect.
After cleaning, make sure to dry the countertop completely. This will prevent the build-up of soap film or cleaning residue.
When cleaning your solid surface countertop; always use a soft cloth or towel. Don’t use a wash brush because it will damage the surface and create scratches that can harbour bacteria.