|Cleaning and maintenance of solid surface countertops|
Solid surface has become a very popular choice as a countertop material because of its appearance and easy-maintenance feature. It can imitate the look of other countertop materials such as granite, marble, steel, and wood. It is probably the easiest type of countertop material to maintain and is relatively affordable, too.
Kitchen countertops made of solid surface are resistant to most kitchen hazards and harsh kitchen elements. They are low maintenance and are perfect for people on the go. They do not need constant cleaning or polishing to maintain their flawless surface. They can take a lot of abuse and still remain in top condition. Solid surface countertops are a great kitchen feature to have because they are useful, durable, and attractive.
Regular cleaning (removing stains and preventing molds)
Solid surface countertops are made of plastic materials combined with other synthetic materials. These components make them strong and durable. Because they are mostly plastic, solid surface countertops are nonporous and therefore cannot be penetrated deeply by any kind of stain. Yes, solid surface countertops can stain, but only temporarily. The stains caused by beverage or chemical spills can easily be removed by wiping a cloth soaked in a solution of water and cleaning agent over the affected area. The regular maintenance of solid surface countertops only involves wiping the surface down with a soapy sponge and wiping it dry with a clean cloth. Their nonporous quality makes them resistant to the growth of molds, mildew, and bacteria on the surface. Antibacterial treatments are not necessary anymore. Cleaning the surface as prescribed can rid it of all the wanted elements.
Pressure, cuts, and scratches
Solid surface countertops are made of hard-wearing materials such as polymers and acrylic, so they are highly resistant to hard impacts. They can support heavy objects and do not collapse easily. However, like most countertop materials, excessive pressure can still damage their solid surface and cause dents. Excessive pressure can mean a heavy object like a cupboard or a refrigerator falling on the surface. Solid surface countertops cannot bear that kind of impact. Sharp objects such as knives and scissors can damage the surface when they are used to cut with deliberate pressure. It is highly recommended to use a wooden chopping board when preparing food or doing something else that requires the use of sharp tools avoid scratching the surface. Scratches and cuts in solid surface countertops can easily be remedied by buffing them with a buffer and a polishing agent.
Avoid placing heat-producing kitchen appliances on solid surface countertops. Heat can make the surface discolor and leave burn marks on it. Place trivets or hot pads over the surface before putting hot pots and pans down. This protects the solid surface countertop from getting in direct contact with the heat. Cigarette burns can also burn the surface, but they can easily be removed by sanding off the burnt area.
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