SOLID SURFACE MAINTENANCE
General Everyday Surface Care
Solid surfacing is extremely easy to take care of provided you follow these simple tips to get the most of maintaining the surface. Generally cleaning solid surfaces is easy, here are some tips to make sure you can maintain them efficiently:
- When cleaning your solid surface, use soapy water and also ammonia-based cleaners which can be easily purchased from a hardware store of grocery. They are usually found near the cleaning aisle or ask the staff for help.
- General purpose cleaners can be used in removing most dirt and stains from all types of finishes which includes gloss, wood, and cultured stone.
- When wiping the surface dry, use a dry cloth to prevent the development of water spots in the surface.
- If you experience hard to deal with stains, it can easily be removed using a mild abrasive such as household surface cleansers and a sponge.
If it is accidentally damaged it can be repaired in most cases. Extreme caution is advised and please make sure to follow these guidelines to prevent causing any permanent damage to your solid surface installation:
- Don’t expose the solid surface to strong chemicals like paint removers, oven cleansers, and etc.
- If the surface gets into contact with any strong chemicals quickly use water to remove it from the surface.
- Use only a non-acetone-based remover when removing nail polish and flush the surface with water afterwards.
- Never use the surface of the solid surface as your cutting board. Use a real cutting board instead to prevent deep scratches.
Preventing Permanent Damage
Physical, Chemical, and Heat Damage
Solid surfaces are known for their durability and resistance to physical, chemical, and heat damage. Although it can endure extra levels of physical damage such as nicks and scratches as well as heavy impact its still important to ensure it doesn’t exceed the level it can tolerate. Extra caution is still advised when using strong chemicals which might strip it of its protective coating. Lastly, solid surfaces can tolerate heat, but it doesn’t mean its fireproof or you should be careless with it. Here are a couple of tips to avoid damaging your solid surface when handling chemicals and heat:
- While solid surface counters are quite resistant to heat, it is never a good idea to not use a hot pad or a trivet to protect the surface when handling hot objects or objects which generate heat such frying pans or electric cooking pots as prolonged exposure to heat can damage the surface of the material.
- You can use sandpaper to remove minor scratches in a circular motion using light pressure and then applying a bit of water as you sand, then proceeding to wipe it clean.If the scratches are deeper and visible even after sanding it. Sand it a second time using a wet sandpaper in a circular motion followed by a gray pad. It is best to sand slightly using a wet, and cleaning before each step is advised.
- One of the greatest benefits to solid surface installations is that they will not easily be compromised to physical, chemical, and impact damage, the appearance of the solid surface is still repairable and renewable. Nicks, stains, and cuts can permanently damage most other conventional surfaces such as wood and stone.
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