Since Corian is softer than most countertop materials, it also scratches more easily than most. On the other hand, its color is consistent all the way through; this means surface scratches and other damage easily can be removed. Buffing Corian countertops to remove surface scratches is a simple task that can be done by most homeowners for a much lower cost. However, if you don’t feel up to the task, by all means–hire a professional to do the job.
Materials you will need:
- Old towels
- Old clothing
- Maroon Scotch Brite pad
- Orbital sander
- Clean rags
Step 1: Protect your other surfaces. This is a messy job, so be sure to lay towels on your floor to protect it from the gooey mess. You will also want to avoid wearing your Sunday best while buffing your Corian countertops.
Step 2: Wet your Scotch Brite pad. First of all, make sure you are using a maroon Scotch Brite pad, and not a green or blue one, simply because the others are too coarse or too fine. Don’t use sandpaper, either. Now wet the pad.
Step 3: Attach your Scotch Brite pad to the orbital sander. It will help if you are using a sanding tool with hooks so the pad attaches easily to the sander. Be sure you are comfortable with the tool before you plug it in. Now get ready to sand.
Step 4: Sand the surface of your countertop evenly. Make sure you are applying even pressure throughout the entire job, or you might end up with little dips and crevices in your Corian. In other words, don’t press down too hard.
Step 5: Wipe the surface clean. Once you are sure you have removed all the scratches, wipe your countertop down with a clean rag. I warned you it would be messy–see what I mean? You will probably see a gooey substance all over the surface.
Corian Countertop Care Tips
For basic, everyday care, wipe your tops down with warm, soapy water. Prevent water marks by drying with a clean cloth while it is still wet. You can remove more difficult stains with a soft scrub. Protect your Corian countertop from heat damage by always using a hot pad or trivet under hot pots, pans, etc. when you are cooking.
Buffing scratches from Corian and other solid surfaces is not at all complicated for the handy man or woman. It’s just a matter of confining the mess to the counter area. However, if you do not feel comfortable tackling this job on your own, you are probably better off hiring a professional to do it.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Corian Countertops