Homeowners couldn’t buy Corian and other solid surface brands until several years ago. These were only available in officially certified dealers who often sold them exclusively to contractors.
However, times and things have changed these days. Homeowners like you and I can now buy solid surface materials in full-size sheets and partial overstock remnants.
But these countertops don’t always last forever; you might need to replace them sooner or later. Once this time comes, knowing how to remove Corian countertops properly is essential.
Why You Might Consider Learning How to Remove Corian Countertops
DuPont designed Corian, the first solid surface material introduced in the market. The material was initially sold in just one color in 1971, and the brand continues to exist to this day, and over 100 colors are now available.
This popular material can resist stains thanks to its non-porous nature, which is a beneficial quality for kitchen counters.
But just like other types of countertops, Corian also has its own set of drawbacks. A common concern among homeowners I often hear is that the material looks more commercial than “homey.”
As for durability, Corian counters are also more prone to damage because of hot surfaces compared to natural stone. They are also more susceptible to scratches than other surfaces like granite and quartz.
Once your Corian no longer looks great or serves its intended purpose, learning how to remove it is essential
How are Corian Countertops Attached
Corian countertops are usually attached directly to the cabinet using glue, silicone caulk, and some screws. The screws must not be over an inch and a half from the edge of the countertop. There are also some instances when you must glue them down using construction adhesives.
The adhesive or caulk will help ensure the water doesn’t seem behind the counter and damage the cabinets. Corian counters are also attached the same way to wall cabinets. This time, however, L-brackets or similar support should be attached to the rear part of the counter. The brackets will then be connected with screws to the wall studs.
How Do You Cut Corian Off
If you already have the necessary tools, cutting Corian off is easy.
|1||Start by measuring the area or spot where you will cut off Corian.|
|2||Use a pencil to mark the cutting line on Corian.|
|3||Score the cutting line onto the countertop surface with a straight edge.|
|4||Put the Corian countertop on top of a stable work surface like a workbench or sawhorse.|
|5||Cut along the scored line with a router fitted with a solid surface bit.|
|6||Cut evenly and slowly to ensure you don’t crack or chip the Corian.|
Does Corian Break Easily
Unfortunately, Corian is known to crack or break easily. However, this only often happens if the installer fails to support it according to the recommendations of DuPont. Breakage is also more likely if heat is applied from small appliances, particularly at a seam.
To ensure that you don’t damage or break Corian beyond repair, there are several essential maintenance tips you should follow:
- Never use harsh chemicals around or on Corian surfaces. If you ever spill chemicals on it, flush it with water immediately and dry it off completely.
- Avoid using soft scrub on your Corian countertop surface for everyday cleaning.
- Clean with solid surface cleaners specially made for Corian surfaces, soapy water, or water alone. Don’t use window cleaners since these will create a film that will make the surface dull in the long run.
- Corian is resistant to heat, but placing hot pans and pots directly over the surface is unsafe. Make sure you use protective pads or trivets.
- Use a cleaner formulated to remove hard water marks if there are any on the surface. Make sure you rinse well and completely dry off the surface after cleaning.
- If the residue build-up makes the surface dull, use the product recommended by the manufacturer.
- Every time you clean Corian, always wipe the surface dry after every cleaning. A film will form on the surface if you let it air dry, and this film will make the material look blotchy or dull.
- Always use your cutting board instead of cutting directly at your Corian surface.
- Apply a small quantity of abrasive liquid cleaner to remove minor scratches. Rub this in circular motions first on the scratched area. Follow it with front-to-back direction and then side to side. Use water to rinse it thoroughly and wipe it dry. If it doesn’t get rid of the scratches, chances are they are too deep. For deeper scratches, you need the help of a professional refinisher.
- Disinfect the Corian counter occasionally with diluted bleach. Just make sure you rinse it properly and wipe it dry.
Can I Cut Corian Myself
Yes, you can cut Corian yourself. Corian is a gorgeous material often used for home countertops, and you can find it in kitchens in many parts of the world. However, before you go ahead and cut it, it is vital to learn what you can use to do so.
You can use almost any power saw to cut Corian. But I still recommend using a tungsten carbide triple chip blade for the job. Although you can also use other kinds of blades, the power equipment itself can also suffer from damage.
So I recommend sticking to carbide triple chip blades.
While you can cut Corian using almost any power saw, the material manufacturer has several vital recommendations that might limit your options. You must know and understand these limitations since this can make a big difference if you ever need to use a warranty on your Corian.
Fortunately, once you order Corian from a trusted manufacturer, it is already custom fit to the specific size that you need. However, there might still be cases when changes may occur in the design. There are also instances when you need to change an existing Corian countertop, leaving you with no choice but to cut it yourself at home. I have discovered many options you can try to cut Corian yourself, but not all will be ideal for every situation. But if you stick to the general recommendations on cutting Corian properly, you will be happy and satisfied with your work
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