This film will dull the countertop surface, making the finish appear blotchy and uneven. Over time, even with proper care, your countertop will acquire a sheen. But rest assured — restoring your countertops to their original glory is an easy process. Use a spray with 3/4 of liquid household bleach and 1/4 water to spray the sink and leave a few hours or overnight.

Always use a trivet under portable heat-generating appliances, such as a toaster oven. Always use the correct size pan on the burner and place it centrally. Undetected or prolonged exposure to chemicals may damage the surface. Thoroughly rinse the countertop with clean water and wipe surface completely dry. If not, repeat procedure, applying more pressure on the sponge or rag. Rinse pad periodically during this process, to remove any built-up residue.

Rinse out all pads used and allow them to air-dry before putting them away.

Generally, a damp microfiber cloth used with a standard household kitchen spray should remove most stains. Do avoid window cleaners, however, as they can leave a waxy build-up that dulls the surface. Film will build up on countertops if water is left to dry on the surface. To prevent film build-up, it is very important to wipe the countertop completely dry immediately after spills and cleaning. The sink should then be beautifully clean, with very little effort. Hard water can be a problem in many areas, and can build up over time. Using a second clean microfiber cloth, rinse the area thoroughly with water. Always use heat trivets or pads when placing hot objects on any surface. However, it is a recommended practice to run cold water from the faucet while pouring boiling water into the sink. Dark, heavily pigmented colors will show scratches, dust and ordinary wear and tear more readily than lighter, textured colors.

For nail varnish spills, non-acetone based remover can be used, and then flushed with water. However, in the event that a countertop does get lightly scratched, most repairs can be handled easily by the average homeowner. Typically, this is caused by letting hard water dry on the surface, leaving behind a film of minerals.

Wash (but do not dry) the area where the scratch is located, using the cleaning technique described above to remove any film on the surface, as this film may clog the abrasive pads. With the countertop surface still wet, start rubbing the scratched area with the peach-colored side of the cleaning pad.

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We love the vibrant blue color with flecks of black, white, and gray—and chose a built-in white sink made of the same material. I was at my wits’ end, and was thinking about scrubbing the stain off with super-fine sandpaper. This has a mild bleaching effect, so test it on a hidden spot before using on colored surfaces. I realize the surface has become rough & even more susceptible to staining. If you’re a busy person who wants to live healthy and naturally, you’re in the right place.

The original kitchen in our house was a true testament to the 1970s.

I had an awful stain and and it got rid of 90%; the key is patience.

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Allow it to sit for a few minutes, but do not allow the paste to dry on the surface. Comet has the added benefit of containing chlorine bleach, which can kill germs and dispel the odors they cause, and restore the sink’s whiteness as well. Hydrogen peroxide does work more slowly than other cleaners, but over time it can do a surprisingly thorough job eliminating even stubborn stains. If you practice diligence at this, your efforts should eventually be rewarded with a completely white, blotch-free sink.

If one of these three cleansers doesn’t work on the first try, the other two treatments usually will.

One sink is very badly stained and we have tried everything to try and clean it, but without success. A final suggestion: alternating the cleansers you use can also work well, when stains persist. You put it directly on the stain and let it sit a few minutes. You can actually see the stains go away and you can see where you missed a spot.

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And, so far, it’s only been enchilada sauce and rust that sticks around.

I am not familiar with your countertops, but is there any chance they need sealed before they become non-porous?

All plastics will always be prone to stains, especially from oil-based materials. There are many lower quality quartz products out there, and there are many people who do not use common sense in caring for their homes. Some salespeople insist engineered quartz is a miracle material that’s impervious to kitchen hazards. and quite frankly, many (I’d guess most) people who have high-end kitchen finishes don’t really do much cooking themselves in the first place, so it’s a moot point to them.

We do nothing to care for them other than to take reasonable precautions as mentioned above. The recommended solution, as you’ve discovered, is to put a kitchen cleanse/stain remover on the area for a short time (always err on teh side of caution). What differentiates some from others is the ease with which those stains can be removed. I just leave a barkeeper’s friend mix on it for a while to try to remove them, but it never looks perfect.

I love our countertops and it takes just seconds to get the counter and sink clean. I believe the same goes for the recycled glass and paper products too. If one puts ones mind to damage something, there is no product in the world that can always resist. Butcher block looks great, but also stains, and can retain bacteria. Non-porous means they won’t penetrate the material but you can still get surface discoloration. You can stain just about any material (even stainless steel). I use my kitchen to dye fabric as well, and the counters just clean right up.

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But if what you are dealing with is a surface stain, simply sanding the stain off with fine sandpaper is the simplest solution. Likewise, all of these materials resist burns from hot pots and pans, so long as you keep all of those pots and pans on the stove and off the counter-tops.

Such a fabricator would be considered an inexperienced, ill-informed novice or possibly heavily invested in selling corian.



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Some granites are very porous and will stain easily (although stains can be easily removed). Quartz offers nearly the same performance, except when damaged it cannot be repaired as easily as granite.

Neither stain easily, but as stated some granites are basically stain-proof, which is a fact (#3)…

Again, this is not true of all granite, but it is very easy to choose a granite that is nearly imposible to stain. You claim that “facts” are missing, yet you present none to support your “opinion”. However, if you wish anyone to take you seriously, then present some evidence or at least a reasoned argument to support your position. Your comments pertaining to granite out performing solid surface and your comparison liking solid surface to laminate are absurd. And any countertop company that is advising a client on which surface to install should recommend granite over corian. There is no deception recommending granite over corian when considering performance only. Granite is a natural material so you can’t make a ‘general’ statement about performance. Some is moderately so and many granites are still porous, but essentially non-absorbent because they are so dense. Only neglected stains that are very old and deep will be troublesome, but even then you can re-surface the stone to remove the stain and bring the granite back to like-new condition if desired. We have not come across a problem that we were unable to fix yet.

If you are having trouble you can call a certified professional to come sand out the stain. The idea that a stain can’t be removed is often stated by countertop companies that want to sell you granite.

Corian can stain from food or drink spills left on the surface and either absorbing or bonding in some fashion to the surface which makes the stains difficult to remove by simply wiping with a typical kitchen or surface cleaner. Corian countertops are a consistent material all the way through the entire thickness so light sanding will simply remove the damaged surface material without leaving any noticeable repair mark. We do our best to enlighten consumers regarding this issue and not expect any surface to be impervious to damage.


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But no man-made product has yet to better the performance characteristics of the best granites, which are very dense and essentially stain-proof, do not scratch, do not etch and can take heat easily. These two facts easily put granite on top especially for a kitchen countertop. Both are fairly stain and chemical resistant although both can be stained. Eloquence (even when wrong) can be convincing for some people just like sarcastic, superscilious, rude, arrogance is sometimes mistaken for knowledge. Unfortunately, any statements posted on the internet with level of eloquence will be believed by some. Corian can be stained despite marketing that would have you believe otherwise (same deal with quartz).

Granite is more expensive, but granite (or quartz) is a far better surface for the kitchen (where you want the most durable low-maintenance surface) than corian is. Such dense granites are virtually stain-proof and certainly the most stain-resistant surface you could install save maybe stainless steel.

And remember, nobody “owns” or “makes” granite so there isn’t any creative marketing needed. We do our best to tell our visitors the whole story minus the marketing biases and claims. All you usually need to remove any stain is a scotch brite pad or soft scrub. However if you stain your granite, which is completely pourous, there is very little you can do to remove it.

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For everyday dirt, grime, and food residue, wet a sponge or soft cloth. If you take care of liquid spills as soon as they happen, you should be able to prevent the majority of hard water marks and stains. Spray the countertops down with the cleaner, rinse with a wet rag, and dry with a soft cloth.

Wet a cloth with the solution and rub it over the entire surface by using small circular motions.

If you prefer, you can wait a few minutes and then use a soft cloth to dry the countertops. Some toasters and small ovens have outer surfaces that can get quite hot. Trivets come in all shapes and sizes, so you should be able to find ones that fit beneath these items. While these scratches can generally be repaired, it’s better to avoid making them in the first place. Removing Stains From Granite Countertops From Dailymotion | Duration 5 Minutes 43 Seconds

While these items likely won’t scratch the material, it’s best to avoid them. If you drop something heavy on the surface, you may cause a bit of damage. If you spill nail polish on your countertop, use a non-acetone nail polish remover to clean it off. There are several cleaners specifically made for removing these kinds of marks. There are a few natural solutions that may be able to stand in for chemical cleaners. Also, try wiping down the spot with a mixture of half water and half distilled white vinegar.

Pour a small circle of liquid mild abrasive cleaner on a damp sponge. Clean the entire area, and then thoroughly rinse the spot down with warm water. Add enough baking soda so that the mixture is more of a paste than a liquid. Change your direction about 90° periodically, so that you’re making a box with your sanding motions. Avoid pressing too deeply, as this may cause an indentation or deeper scratch.

Keep in mind that if your counter tops are a darker color, it will enhance any and all scratches to make them more noticeable. Once the spatula has time to warm up (about 2-3 minutes), remove it from the water. If you can’t remove the stain yourself, you may need to hire a professional. What is the best way to polish out a white hase area that was caused by bleach? I forgot hot food in my grocery bag, and now that spot isn’t shiny.

This material offers a sleek, uniform, and clean look that can be attractive in both kitchens and bathrooms.

Squeeze out a small circle of dish soap onto the sponge, and rub the soap into the sponge to get a soapy lather. This routine cleaning method is the best way to maintain your countertops. Take care of these spills by using soapy water, rinsing, and drying the spot. Be sure to check the label to ensure the cleaner contains this material. If you prefer to avoid chemical cleaners, you can explore plant-based cleaning options. It’s a good idea to disinfect your kitchen countertops at least once, and possibly twice, per week. If you prefer to avoid bleach, use natural disinfectant sprays and wipes instead. For maximum disinfecting, it’s best to let the solution simply air dry on the countertops. Corian countertops come with matte, semi-gloss, and high-gloss finishes. Never move pots or pans directly from the stove or oven onto the countertop.

These heat-generating appliances may slowly damage your countertop if they’re left directly on the surface of the material. This may make the color appear faded, especially if your countertop has a glossy finish.

Corian is slightly less durable than granite or quartz, so it’s more susceptible to dents. If a spill does occur, immediately wash the spot with soapy water and a wet sponge. Also avoid acid drain cleaners, acetone nail polish removers, and any cleaners that include methylene chloride. Hard water stains will likely look like a chalky white residue on the surface of your counter. Spray your choice of these solutions on the stain, let it sit for about 1-2 minutes, and then rinse and dry the area. Spray lemon juice on the stain and leave it on for ten minutes, then rinse and dry the area.

Wipe the damaged area with the cleaner in small circular motions, going forward and backward as well as side to side. Dry it with a soft cloth, and check if the damage has been removed.

You may need to repeat this process a few times before the blotch or scratch is removed. For a natural abrasive cleaner, mix distilled white vinegar with baking soda and clean in the same way you would with a chemical cleaner. Do not, however, use this solution as an alternative to cleaning your counters with soap and water. These kits include several different “grit” options that allow you to slowly move from low-grit to higher-grit options, depending on the severity of the scratch. Lightly rub the pad over the scratch in a single-line motion, rather than a circle. Use the warmed spatula to gently scrape the melted wax off the countertops. If you’d like, finish up by buffing the counter with countertop polish. Clean sells several multi-purpose cleaning sprays that contain ammonia.

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The more comfortable you are with the product and how it works, the more successful your outcome will be. I had 4 little dollops of white rough nastiness that wouldn’t clean up.

I later used this to take out an old fine scratch -but skipped a few grains. I used this on my own countertop in my home and now there are tons of fine straight parallel scratches and cloudiness comparable to “swirl marks” on a poorly detailed car. I can still see some hairline scratches on the surface left by the mesh pads, not a professional finish, but for the cost of an orbital buffer and some polish it’s good enough. Tried soft scrub, comet, even sand paper, scratches not totally gone and looked bad. I called the counter top company and was told to sand with fine grit paper, this made it worse.

Practicing with this kit in your sink is a good idea before using it on your kitchen countertop. The pads are long-lasting, and easily conform to convex or concave surfaces. They are long-lasting, and easily conform to convex or concave surfaces. It takes a lot of time to complete and is a bit messy because you are sanding away the top layer, but it is a lot less expensive than hiring a contractor to refinish the surface. While it may get knicks and scratches out, the finish will not match without doing the entire counter, and it will just be replaced with smaller scratches. While the pads took out the small 1/2″ kitchen knife knick, the final result hardly matches my original worn out high gloss finish from the original install 3 years ago.

It’s not 100% to it’s original gloss, but about 90% better than a dulled countertop.

These pads will work ok to take out a deeper scratch or scuff but won’t match unless you plan to polish the rest of the counter afterwards. The finsh was mostly worn off, but it wasn’t that noticeable until a few months of living here. Corian sink and countertops, you know that you can’t replace one without the other. We used the optional polish at the end and the sink looks like new!

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That it’s repairable, impeccably sanitary, doesn’t need to be sealed and re-sealed, offered us the chance of a seamless sink in the same color and a seamless coved backsplash helped close the deal. Just dig some up and make it into a countertop for crying out loud. We did 4 bath countertops with it as well with the integrated sinks making them easy to clean. Sorry for the offshoot but just letting you know if you ever plan a bathroom remodel! Just because you had a bad experience with them does not mean other people will.

The idea of using two (or more) surfaces in the kitchen is a good one. You can usually combat this by polishing, but in my experience, it doesn’t take long for it to look dull, so break out those biceps! I would agree that it does look hazy over time, especially with dark colors. After all is said we loved soapstone, but it is a little expensive, granite and corian are the same price, and the properties of granite wins hands down (for us). What does it do to your countertops, particularly those of you with light-colored solid surfaces? But if you asked a guest in my house, they wouldn’t notice a thing. There was a somewhat negative experience reported upthread (now trading concrete for granite) but it seemed that the problem could have been solved by a better concrete-poly formula. A little mineral oil and you have a work surface that is virtually inpenitrable. Quite a few top restaurants seem to be using granite for utilitarian reasons, or at least that’s what they say. I would have thought that the restaurant supply places that are installing stainless might see the upscale home market as a “growth area” – a lot of upscale kitchens in private residences rival, if not exceed, many resto kitchens in size.

Dunno why concrete has taken hold while it appears stainless has not. Granted, that includes welded seams and the plywood substrate and installation. Your comment on looks is important with stainless, because after using it for a while, stainless looks pretty beat up.

Practically the whole damn crust of the planet is made of the stuff. The idea of using two (or more) surfaces in the kitchen is a good one.

You can usually combat this by polishing, but in my experience, it doesn’t take long for it to look dull, so break out those biceps! The darker the colour and the finer the particulate, the more scratches you will see. If you focus on work areas, they will eventually look shinier than the rest of your countertop. There was a somewhat negative experience reported upthread (now trading concrete for granite) but it seemed that the problem could have been solved by a better concrete-poly formula. I love the look of soapstone but don’t want a dark colored countertop. No countertop surface is pefect, test and see what you can live with.

I was reminded again tonight of what beet juice does to my hands and my clothes. Nobody decided to use granite as a countertop because it performs well. Soapstone is used in chemistry labs for its durability & stain resitence, so that gives you some idea as to its performance. But granite seems to be a great material not just because it looks good but also because it makes great countertops. It’s such a pleasure to perform this exercise on a heavy piece of granite. It aboslutely will not hold onto bacteria so its a perfect surface for commercial food prep where such things are important. Quite a few top restaurants seem to be using granite for utilitarian reasons, or at least that’s what they say. Wouldn’t granite be a risky choice on the cleanliness front?

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About to have our kitchen redone, and we’re leaning towards corian countertops. We know that corian can scratch if you don’t use a cuttingboard (we’ve been living with formica to date in this house, so no big deal).

I like it because mine also came with a seamless sink, no weird edge to catch food bits. I wanted something nicer than formica but not as expensive as granite. The person who owned the house before us put a quarter sized gouge in it from cutting whatever on it. He also enjoys making candies: taffy, peanut brittle, and others that require pouring hot sugar over it. Most of them a very faint and can only be seen from certain angles when the light hits it. Also, you want to finish with 280-grit or higher to have a nice smooth surface, but start with 120 or so to get deep scratches out quickly and use 180 or 220 as an intermediate to remove the fine scratches from the 120 grit. Corian is far and away my top choice: smooth finish, great colors, easy to take care of.

Yes granite requires sealing but that basically entails spraying it with a bottle and wiping it off. Also, all countertops of this type can have surface stains or burns buffed out (just removing a paper thin layer of the surface). Others in this thread have stated similar problems with light colors and theirs is almost white.

We ended up going with quartz counters and couldn’t be happier.

We like the seamless finish, and the textures/colors that lean towards a modern/concrete countertop look. The date on it says 2006 so it’s fairly old but you would never know. They still look great, but they’re thinking of changing the counters to one of those recycled glass countertops. We love the look and the seamless sink is definitely a plus! It’s ugly and it stains easily and it shows every last little crumb. It does scratch, but every 2 years or so my dad hits it with a random-orbit sander, and the scratches disappear so it looks brand new. It only cracked once, and a bit of corian dust (from the sander dust collector) and epoxy filled it seamlessly. One of them is deep enough that you can feel when you run your hand across, but not deep enough that it is highly noticeable. They don’t even use a random orbit sander, they just use a gritty polishing compound once every couple of years and it gets them to new condition with a really nice shine. It’s important to use a random-orbit sander because otherwise you will end up with scratches in one direction.

Not particularly careful with it, other than not putting hot pans directly on it. It’s quite rare to see solid surface these days, and when it is seen, it’s generally in very dated kitchens. We never had any problems with it scratching or anything like that. I personally think that it dates the house back to the early 2000 -2008 era. Corian requires that you scrub it with a sanding sponge and then clean the dust off and this takes longer than sealing would any day. The integrated sink is cool, its completely seamless no no gunk in the joints. It isn’t quite as durable and can have a seam in large installations, but has similar durability for residential applications. I honesty think corian’s day as being seen as a “premium” material are over, and we’ll soon see prices for it dropping dramatically as people stop choosing it. The quartz we went with cost less than the corian we also considered, and way less than granite. My mom has been really frustrated with it lately and it really does look crappy now.

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I sprinkled some on–let it set for 30 seconds and washed it off with warm water and a sponge.

Hot pans, as well as some heat-generating appliances like frying pans or electric cooking pots, can damage the surface if a hot pad or trivet is not used. If the above step is unsuccessful, hand-sand with 400-grit wet and dry paper. If this is unsuccessful, use an electric sander and heavier-grit paper. If this, too, is unsuccessful, you may need to consult a professional for other repair options. Get a wet/dry sandpaper, fine grit and wet sand the area where the stain is until you get through it.

Remove nail polish with a non-acetone-based polish remover and flush with water. You can also dilute household bleach by adding a couple capfuls of bleach to your filled sink. If that doesn’t seem to help, make a paste of an oxiclean type powder.

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There’s stainless steel, which is easy to clean (the reason it’s used in professional kitchens) but looks too cold and industrial for us. I cook a lot, like to keep my kitchen extremely clean, and have very little time to devote to maintenance. The mixture comes in numerous colors and can be made to closely resemble natural stone if desired. But that’s also true of every surface except stainless steel and butcher block. But it also means that it’s a somewhat unforgiving surface on which to cook. So any scratches or stains can be easily removed by scrubbing or sanding the surface. If you have quartz, is there a particular brand you’d recommend? If this sounds perfect to you, then quartz counters just might be the best choice.

My only negative thing about quartz is, to me, it looks manufactured. It’s white and black and within the fine details there are small natural rust marks within the stone. There’s also a unique visual appeal to granite – almost a mirror-like quality which gives it depth.

I hope to replace these countertops with either quartz or granite in the next year or so. Constant scouring to rid stains, there were ‘bubbles’ in the surface that would pop-up as little holes. Our granite is thick and we got a beautiful edge on it, and our fabricator was an artist at working with the movement and installing. I have a friend who went with it, and to this day, after 10 years, she hates it. Softer than stone or quartz, but dent resistant if glued to a wood sub-base. If germs really do concern you that much, consider a hybrid of something that appeals to you (wood/corian), and granite for the immediate food preparation area. Corian always seemed a little dull compared to the shine of quartz.

Unlike granite, it’s not a natural stone; instead, quarried quartz is ground and mixed with five percent polymer resin to produce a surface that’s extremely durable and needs no sealing.

The only real way you could hurt it would be to drop a very heavy object such as a cast-iron pan on the surface near an edge, which could cause a crack. But of course the beauty of being homeowners is that every penny we spend is an investment in our home. It can be burned by a hot pan, scratched by a knife, cracked by dropping something heavy on it, and stained by spills such as tomato sauce or red wine. As a result, we will most likely replace our countertop as part of a major kitchen re-model.

Granite scratches and stains-watch out for red wine-red vinegar and tumeric! I have to say about quartz is that there seems to be a much broader range of colors and patters. Its the perfect surface for doing any kind of dough, kneading, rolling, even chocolate tempering. And, in hindsight, probably would have been very happy with it for function and the clean lines. We did the countertops with that granite, and we did some splash back areas with the granite, and the rest was travertine tile. Untreated copper, like stainless steel, looks really nice right at first when it’s pristine and then not again until it’s marred/scratched enough to develop character.

You would need to put a 500 degree cast iron dutch oven on one for there to be a problem. As long as you thoroughly wipe down your counter with a mixture of bleach, or white vinegar and salt, any counter surface should be fine. I burned it once (very hot cast iron skillet slipped) and it sanded out nicely.

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