The beauty of solid surface countertops is that they are fully customizable. Sometimes installed to look like one flowing (near seamless) piece of solid material. It can be carved, sanded, and shaped to create, among other things, coved backsplashes, integrated drain boards, curved sink openings. The ability to have an integral sink in the same finish as the counter is an attractive feature. Unlike other material a solid surface counter top can be refinished which makes it a well worthy lifetime investment.
Solid surface countertops are a man-made product comprised of solid stone materials 66% (granite, quartz or aluminum) and plastics 33% (binding acrylic polymers). Solid-surface counters are available in hundreds of hues, ranging from an abundance of solids, whites, metallic’s to stone patterns. A solid surface remains stable and undamaged in temperatures up to 212ºF (100ºC) but it is not heat-resistant.
Clean your solid surface countertop regularly with mild soap and warm water. Products not specially formulated for use on solid surface should not be used as they may etch, discolour the surface, scratch the stone. These include products containing lemon, vinegar or any other acid or ammonia based cleaners. Scuffs, dents, and burns can be filled and sanded. It doesn’t require sealing, if however, there’s residue buildup, a non-bleach cream cleanser and a non scratching scouring pad should do the trick. The number-one thing to avoid is putting hot cooking vessels directly on the counter. A solid surface can be scorched by hot pans, requiring the use of hot pads, trivets, or cutting boards to protect it from extreme heat.
Solid Surface manufacturers will provide comprehensive information for care and maintenance on there websites.
Image: Smoke Drift Prima – Dupont Corian.