A Guide to Corian Kitchen Worktops | Shawstone

Corian kitchen worktops, the first acrylic Solid Surface ever invented, offer huge versatility to buyers as it can be moulded, bent and thermoformed into a variety of shapes. At Shawstone, we pride ourselves on the wide range of countertop materials we offer, including granite, quartz and corian to name a few. 

Here, we offer our expert guide to corian worktops, including the benefits of choosing the material and how to ensure longevity. 

What is Corian made of? 

Corian is a man-made, solid surface material, created by scientists from DuPoint in 1967. The material initially went on sale in 1971, and is manufactured from a combination of acrylic polymer and minerals with added colourants. 

The material is thermoformable, meaning it is flexible when heated. Its composition offers unique properties, with corian worktops now available in over 100 colours and patterns. 

At Shawstone, we’re proud to offer a range of corian kitchen worktops, available in dozens of colours and styles. If you’d like to find out more about our corian kitchen worktops, get in touch today.

Corian Kitchen Worktops

Corian kitchen worktops are becoming increasingly popular, and it’s easy to see why. Due to their durability, longevity and strength, they are a functional choice for many. If you’re a big fan of interior design, corian kitchen worktops are a great choice for you as, due to the synthetic nature of the material, they can be easily customised to suit your wants and needs.

 For example, if you’re planning on getting creative with the design of your kitchen, perhaps by installing a wave-shaped countertop, corian is an ideal option to suit your needs as it can be moulded to fit your design into one seamless slab with near-invisible joints. 

Corian Kitchen Worktop Repairs

Corian kitchen worktops are manufactured in three thicknesses, 6mm, 12mm and 19mm. The material is non-porous, meaning any accidental stains don’t create permanent damage and, should accidents occur, corian can be easily repaired, so you won’t need to stress about what might happen if surface level damages appear. 

Often, repairs to corian kitchen worktops can be completed as small DIY projects, requiring nothing more than scrubbing and sanding. Having the ability to sand out a scratch is a huge benefit of choosing a corian kitchen worktop, as long as you know what you’re doing. It’s always best to consult a professional if you’re unsure.

Corian Worktop Colours 

One of the main selling points of corian kitchen worktops is the variety of colours and designs they’re available in. Whether you’re thinking of opting for timeless neutral tones, or are dedicated to your lifetime love of bright solids, you’re bound to find the perfect colour to suit your desires. 

At Shawstone, we’re delighted to ‌offer our customers corian kitchen worktops in a variety of colours and designs, from absolute beige to citrus orange, we’re confident that we can provide the ideal solution for you. 

Corian Worktop Maintenance

Although corian worktop maintenance isn’t extensive, it’s important that it’s done correctly to ensure your worktops last. The material should be cleaned daily with soapy water or an ammonia-based cleaner and dried immediately. Leaving water to soak on your worktop could cause a film to develop on the surface, giving your countertop a dull look. We also recommended that you apply household cleaner to your sink overnight once a week to remove dirt and prevent the build-up of grease. 

When mopping up spills, it’s important to consider the type of liquid you’re treating. For example, if you’re cleaning up a liquid that is highly acidic on your itchen worktop, like juice, tea and coffee, use a damp cloth and mild abrasive cleaning product. In contrast, if you’re wiping up grease, fat or oil, use a small amount of dilute bleach and rub with a cloth. To prevent staining, always rinse the area thoroughly with warm water after cleaning. 

Like most kitchen counter materials, in order to keep them looking pristine, it’s important that you don’t cut or chop directly onto your worktop to prevent small abrasions. You should also know corian kitchen worktops cannot withstand the heat from hot objects like pots and pans, so investing in heat protection pads is essential to avoid unwanted cracks.

If you’d like to find out more about the corian kitchen worktops we offer, including the range of colours and designs we stock, or would like to enquire about any of our other services, call us on 01329 844474 and speak to a member of our friendly, expert team today!