Caring for Corian® Countertops in Your Airstream
The reason Corian® countertops are installed in so many Airstreams and other RV models is that they are virtually indestructible. Manufactured by DuPont™, these appealing countertops are seamless and non-porous, so stains cannot penetrate the surface. Even though they can’t stain, they still, of course, need to be cleaned just as any kitchen countertop needs to be cleaned. Corian® countertops, because they are non-porous, do resist food stains of all kinds, but they do require proper cleaning in order to prevent mold, bacteria, and mildew from forming on the surface.
Use Good Old-Fashioned Soap and Water
You can buy fancy cleaners if you like, but quite frankly, warm water mixed with a gentle dish detergent will do a fantastic job of cleaning your countertops. Household cleaning products containing ammonia will also work fine, but avoid using commercial window cleaners because constant use will eventually dull the surface of the countertop.
Towel Dry Your Countertops
Corian® can start to look dull or blotchy if you don’t keep it properly dried. As soon as you wipe down the countertop with warm soapy water or the cleaner of your choice, be sure to wipe the countertop dry with a clean towel. This is necessary because if you constantly leave the countertop wet, a thin film will form on the surface and it will eventually turn dull. Towel drying the countertop will keep it shiny and new looking at all times.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals
These countertops are extremely resistant, but repeated use of cleaners containing harsh chemicals will mar their beauty. This includes oven cleaners and other kitchen cleaning products that have more than a mild base of ammonia. That also includes other products that may get inadvertently spilled on the countertop, such as paint remover while cleaning brushes, for example. If you should spill a harsh chemical on the countertop, flush it with water immediately. When you are certain you have removed all of the substance, use a towel to dry the countertop.
Common Sense and TLC
Corian® countertops are extremely durable and heat resistant, but you still need to treat them with a little tender loving care. Don’t set hot pans or utensils on the countertop; there are some abuses that even the best cleaner can’t fix. Basically, be sure to use only mild cleaning solutions like soap and water, or a commercial product that is specifically designed to clean countertops—read the label to be sure there is nothing in the product that is abrasive or corrosive.