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Taking Care of Your Solid Surface Countertop March 2, 2014

Solid Surface Countertops in Your Home

Lexmar USA solid surface countertops offer homeowners a less expensive option to tile and natural stones like granite, marble, soapstone and limestone. Since they are made of man-made materials like acrylic and polyester, they provide improved durability and design flexibility.

Made from a solid surface block of plastic, countertops are non-porous and easy to clean. Color and texture is consistent throughout the entire solid surface block without imperfections, fragile veins or light and dark areas. Countertops are resistant to bacteria and damage from liquid spills and oils. Scratches and burns can be easily sanded out. For proper solid surface countertop. countertop care, follow these helpful tips to keep your countertops looking new.

Spills and Stains

* Wipe up all liquid and food spills quickly with warm soapy water, then dry the surface.
* Prevent stains that can be caused by hard water. Wipe them up quickly, then dry the surface.
* If you get water spots, remove them with vinegar.
* Remove stains with a diluted mixture of bleach and water or denatured alcohol followed by clear water, then dry the surface.
* Remove nail polish with a non-acetone polish remover, wipe with water, then dry for best solid surface countertop. countertop care results.

Note: To remove stains, use a mild soap and water mixture. If stains don’t come out, put a polishing compound on a soft cloth and clean the area. A good polishing compound can be found at most home improvement stores.

Prevent Damage

* Don’t put hot objects directly on your countertops. Extreme or prolonged heat can cause the surface to discolor. Use trivets or pads under hot objects or let them cool first.
* Don’t use strong chemicals, acidic oven cleaners or abrasive cleaning products. If contact with abrasive chemicals occurs, clean the area quickly with warm soapy water for solid surface countertop. countertop care, then dry the area.
* Don’t cut directly on countertop surfaces. Always use a cutting board.

How to Repair Scratches

Matte Finishes:

1. Clean the scratched area with a dish washing soap and water mixture.
2. Using a light circular motion, gently sand the area with 240 gauge sand paper.
3. Use the pot scrubber side of a household sponge and non-abrasive cleaner to remove sanded debris.

Gloss and Semi Gloss Finishes:

1. Clean the scratched area with a dish washing soap and water mixture.
2. Gently sand down the scratch with a fine 400 gauge sand paper.
2. Re-polish the damaged area with a quality electric polisher.
4. Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleaner to clean the area thoroughly.

With proper solid surface countertop. countertop care, your countertops will continue to look beautiful and new for many years. Take a look at the many benefits of solid surface countertops for your home. Contact us at Lexmar USA, Pittsburg, PA. at 412-896-9266 or visit our website at www.lexmarusa.com