One of the few complaints we hear about solid surface is that white countertops stain. Here's how that can happen and, more important, how to avoid it.
It is difficult to stain solid surfaces. This is because the material is nonporous and does not allow anything to sink into it. Superficial stains are possible if the material is repeatedly exposed to chemicals for long periods of time.
Corian, the original manufacturers of solid surface, have extensively tested their products. Their findings show that most chemicals "generally show no permanent effect on Corian sheet when left in contact for periods of 16 hours." This includes chemicals such as bleach, citric acid, vinegar, and acetone (nail polish remover) as well as food products such as tea, lemon juice, ketchup, coffee, food colouring, and tomato sauce. To see Corian's full results, please see their technical bulletin on chemical resistance.
And Corian's solid surface products are only getting stronger. With Corian's new Resilience Technology, Corian solid surface is even more resistant to stains and scratches and easier to repair. Take a look at their new technology in their video below.
To stain a solid surface product like Corian, you have to let something to sit on the material for a long period of time.
The way to prevent stains on light colored solid surfaces is to not let spills sit on them. Wipe up spills with warm soapy water and a soft sponge as soon as you see them and your countertops will stay looking like new for decades. Solid surfaces are made to endure, they just need to be cared for.
The good news is, if you do have a stain, solid surfaces are repairable! With a sand and polish, your solid surfaces can look like new because the color is all the way through the material.
To learn more about how to take care of your solid surfaces, take a look at our Care & Maintenance post!