How to Clean Corian Countertops with Vinegar

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Corian is a durable, and versatile countertop option. It is one of the best choices for kitchen and bathroom uses. You can drill, cut or route it just like you can with wood. This artificial solid countertop has a sleek (matte finish) and polished surface, so it doesn’t take lots of time or effort to be cleaned. But if you clean it with an abrasive cleaner, it faces scratches, stains, and discoloration. 

So it will be best if you clean it with some home ingredients that are safe to use. Using Vinegar for this purpose can be the best decision. It is safe to use, a great disinfectant, affordable, and easy to use. Don’t know how to clean Corian countertops with vinegar? Wondering what to do?

Be worry-free and scroll down to learn more. Why are we here? To guide you with the right solution. So, this guide will instruct you how to clean Corian countertops with vinegar just with some simple steps. 

How to Clean Corian Countertops with Vinegar

After being a durable countertop still, the solid surface can be scratched and stained in no time with our daily activities, Maybe you are using many high priced cleaning products or soapy water, but the best and safe cleaning agents are household cleaners like vinegar, baking soda, bleach, rubbing alcohol, etc. 

As we are talking about how to clean Corian countertops with vinegar, so we won’t dive so much; we will only talk about cleaning with vinegar in some simple steps.

Let’s learn more.

Equipment You Will Need

White vinegar, warm water, bowl, sponge or rag, microfiber cloth, baking soda, toothbrush, hand gloves, mask, goggles.

Preparing the Countertop for Cleaning

Before you do anything make sure to wear protective gear. Now, dry mop the countertop to get rid of dirt, grime, or any spills. If there are some wet spills, use a paper towel or microfiber cloth to soak the liquid then wipe away with a damp cloth to get rid of left spills. 

And if there are some dry spills like spice spills, bread crumbs, or any food spills, picking up with a dry cloth is enough to make the countertop ready for deep cleaning.

Cleaning process

Step one: 

The first step will be making the solution with vinegar. Though we will use vinegar, we have to add something more with it. Because vinegar is acidic, to lessen its acidic effect, we have to mix it with some warm water. 

If you are doing regular cleaning, mix two cups of vinegar with one gallon of warm water, but if you are doing deep cleaning, you have to add one tablespoon of baking soda and one tablespoon of dish liquid (a mild one) with it. 

Then mix the ingredients until some bubbles are showing up and all are dissolved properly. This cleaning solution will remove any type of stickiness and hard water stains from the Corian surface.

Step Two: 

Take half of the solution in a bowl and the leftover in another bucket or bowl. Take a rag or sponge, dip it in the solution, squeeze dripping water, and mop the whole countertop. 

After mopping once, changing the dirty solution, it can transfer the germs again. Rinse away the rag or sponge very well or take a new one, and mop again. If the countertop is too sticky, spray some lemon juice all over the countertop and then rub gently.

Step Three: 

If there are some stubborn stains that don’t come off, pour some hot water and scrub with a soft scrub or a toothbrush; if it is still not effective, make a paste of baking soda or bleach powder and warm water. 

Apply the paste to the stain and leave it for fifteen minutes. Bleaching powder and baking soda both are effective in removing rust stains. 

Once the stain absorbs the paste, it will come off easily, just wipe away with a damp sponge and get a stain free Corian countertop.

Step Four: 

After the cleaning process is complete, wipe away the entire countertop with a microfiber cloth to remove excess moisture. If you find some bad odors after cleaning, sprinkle some baking soda on the countertop and leave it overnight to absorb the odor. 

Meantime baking soda will absorb all the odors. In the morning, remove all the baking soda residue with a dry clean cloth, we hope the bad odors will go with the baking soda.

Step Five: 

It’s time to make the surface more smooth or polished. Make a solution of one cup of vinegar, two tablespoons of lemon juice, and one cup of warm water. Take a clean cloth, spray some solution we just made and wipe away the entire Corian countertop with the damp cloth. 

You can also use nail polish remover or window cleaner to bring shine, in that case, spray it on a clean cloth and wipe away the countertop. But that will cost you a lot, so using vinegar and lemon juice solution will be best. 

Maintenance and Caution

  • Avoid using dish detergent and steel wool for scrubbing,
  • Never use glass cleaner; it leaves the residue stains
  • Avoid using ammonia-based cleaner, and abrasive and scouring agents
  • Take proper care, clean regularly with vinegar & warm water solution daily
  • Do deep cleaning at least twice a month
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Frequently Asked Questions

What Should You Not Use on Corian Countertops?

You should not use harsh chemical-based cleaners, paint remover, glass cleaner, oven cleaner, etc. on Corian countertops. You should also avoid ammonia-based cleaners on it. If some paint remover or any of the above-mentioned things falls on the countertop, rinse off immediately, it will damage the surface, snatch the smoothness, and shine.

How Do You Restore the Shine to Corian Countertops?

To restore the shine to Corian countertops, you can use home-bought countertop polish. Or if you want to apply household tricks there is another cost-effective way. Spray some essential oil, or olive oil, or jojoba oil in a clean cloth and wipe away the countertop surface. These will bring back the countertop surface shine without damaging the surface. You don’t need to do sanding or waxing.

Can You Use Baking Soda on Corian?

Yes, you can use baking soda on Corian. Baking soda is an effective cleaning agent, it also works like magic to remove bad odors. Using it is too easy. Sprinkle baking soda all over the Corian countertop, leave it for a few minutes then take a wet sponge, scrub gently and remove baking soda residue with a microfiber cloth.

Does Vinegar Harm Corian?

Absolutely not, vinegar is one of the best cleaning agents you can use to clean Corian. And it’s also safe and easy to use. Make a solution of warm water and white vinegar in equal quantity, spray on the surface and wipe away with a damp sponge.

Does Corian Need to Be Sealed?

No Corian doesn’t need to be sealed. Corian is a solid surface that is smooth and easy to clean. It doesn’t absorb any spills so no deep stains, and no deep stains means no sealing.

Final Thought

The non-porous surface doesn’t absorb any spills, so there is no chance of stain. And it’s actually made from a resin called Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) that is heat resistant, so the chance of damage with heat is nowhere available.

Still, it needs some maintenance like regular cleaning and taking protective measures to prevent damages and sustain its smooth look. Apart from normal wear and tear, the countertop also faces stains and scratches, so if you can give some of your valuable time in proper caring and cleaning, we assure Corian countertop will last for years. 

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