Health-Promoting Surfaces: Why Solid-Surface Is the Ideal Choice

Kitchen countertops are one of the first things people look at when they’re shopping for homes. It makes sense, as you’ll be spending a lot of time in your kitchen, so you want the surfaces to look and feel nice.

What about germs and food preparation safety? In addition to look, feel and durability, that’s another factor to consider when examining kitchen countertops. Solid-surface countertops are some of the most hygienic surfaces out there.

You should consider solid-surface installation for your home’s countertops if health is your main concern. This article will illustrate why.

What are solid-surface countertops?

DuPont created a product in 1964 called Corian. This is the technical term for solid-surface countertops. This type of countertop is made from a composite blend of synthetic materials and can be cut and shaped for several different applications.

What are solid-surface countertops made of?

Solid-surface countertops are made from either acrylic resin, polyester resin or a blend of the two materials. They are then mixed with filler, acrylic chips and color pigments. They can be made to successfully mimic the look of more expensive countertop materials like granite, quartz or even wood grains.

What are some characteristics of solid-surface countertops?

Over time, solid-surface countertops have become quite popular due to their uncanny ability to imitate the look of other more expensive materials. They’re also nonporous, which can’t be said for many other countertop materials like granite and marble. Solid-surface countertops can be joined together virtually seamlessly, while natural stone countertops need to be fitted together and seams are inevitable.

Are solid-surface countertops a hygienic material?

Yes, and with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s one of the many reasons why more people are opting for solid-surface installation. As we touched on above, solid-surface countertops are nonporous and seamless. This prevents microscopic amounts of bacteria, dirt, grime and mold from seeping down into the surface or grout lines of the countertop. Any bacteria or germs created by food preparation can be cleaned away with ease, making solid-surface countertops some of the most sanitary materials available.

Are solid-surface countertops easy to clean?

Yes. You can thoroughly clean solid-surface countertops without the use of harsh chemical cleansers. All you have to do is take a soft, cotton cloth and some warm, soapy water and wipe it down.

What about stains and scratching?

Scratches are a legitimate risk with solid-surface countertops, but they can be buffed out fairly easily with either an orbital sander or a wet Scotchbrite pad. Solid-surface countertops are superior to marble and granite in that they are stain resistant in addition to being one of the most durable synthetic countertop materials you’ll find.

Call about your solid-surface countertops today

There’s no best material for you to use for your kitchen countertops, but solid-surface countertops are one of the most cost-effective and hygienic options out there. For solid-surface installation, call us at Superior Surface. We’ve been countertop experts for over a decade, and it would be our pleasure to help you find a solid-surface countertop that you’ll love for years to come.