by April Reinhardt
(last updated January 12, 2015)
A solid surface composed of alumina trihydrate and acrylic polymer, Corian is a registered trademark of the DuPont Company. First manufactured in 1967 and primarily used for countertops, Corian is available in many colors, thicknesses, and solid surfaces.
When we think of countertops, most of us think of kitchens. However, Corian is also used in the manufacture of bathroom and workspace countertops, and comes in three standard finishes of matte/satin, semi-gloss, and high-gloss. Although it can look like real granite, Corian is a synthetic material and requires special care when cleaning it. Corian is tough and holds up well under everyday use, but there are a few rules to follow when cleaning your Corian countertops, with each of the three finishes requiring different cleaning methods:
The most important thing to remember when cleaning any finish of Corian countertops is to wipe the surface completely dry after cleaning.
To prevent your Corian countertops from being damaged, follow these simple rules:
DuPont provides a warranty with their Corian countertops, but that warranty will be void if you use cleaners and polishes not specifically recommended by them, or if you do not ensure against damage to the countertops. DuPont provides manufacturers cleaning and routine care instructions when you have Corian countertops installed. Follow those instructions and contact the manufacturer if in doubt.
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