I spend a lot of time talking to people about solid surface; it's my job but it's also now a passion. When you do discuss solid surface, it soon becomes clear that there is a whole load of myths about it that have developed over the years.
Most, if not all, are simply not true. This drives me nuts. Often I am told about the problems with Corian® by people who have been in the trade for years and are supposedly well versed in what it is.
Many of the myths are clearly peddled by others in the trade who make a living selling competitor products like granite. Others appear to have grown up as "suburban myths" passed on by word of mouth but with little foundation - often a lack of knowledge of how to care for a solid surface kitchen has tainted the homeowner's perception.
So, I'm going to set out to debunk these myths one by one starting today.
Myth no.1 - all solid surface is Corian®
DuPont™ Corian® is the original solid surface. Most people have never heard of solid surface. This means that they often use the term Corian® generically to mean solid surface.
Competition is good (I really do think that) as it helps grow the market in general. Although Corian® is over 50 years old, the solid surface market is still a relatively immature one, with lots of growth potential in the future. Competition helps drive this.
At the same time it is massively frustrating when Corian® is used to mean competitor products. This can either be out of laziness or with the more devious motive to sell alternative "me too" products on the back of the Corian® name.
I know I can't stop this happening but that won't stop me trying....please support me by referring to each solid surface brand by its own name. They all have different good selling points and different identities so a little effort lets consumers know what they are getting.
Equally, if you are buying Corian® as a consumer then please make sure that is what you are getting if it's Corian® that you want in the first place.
Myth no.2 - turmeric, beetroot juice, red wine, tea bags etc. will all stain solid surface
As long as the solid surface is acrylic based and not made with polyester then it will be non-porous. This means that it can't be stained. Unlike natural stone products, solids and liquids will not permeate the surface.
Solid surface is not self cleaning and if you leave a tea bag to dry out on it then you will get a nice brown dry marking; this is only caked on the surface however and with a bit of standard cleaning product and water it will come off. Sometimes a bit of elbow grease may be required for particularly tough stains but the answer is always the same - the solid surface will not be permanently stained.
Take a look at this Use and Care Video for more details on caring for your Corian® worktop
which highlights these points.
Tell me about your own solid surface myths
I would love to hear from you if you agree with me or disagree with me and also about the myths that you have come across yourselves either selling or being sold to.
: The photo above is a stunning display just finished in Daulby & Tickle's
own showroom. The island unit, which was fabricated in-house, shows off Lava Rock Corian® beautifully - what other material other than solid surface allows you to create a 4m seamless run with seamlessly integrated sinks?