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How to Polish Solid-Surface Countertops

Solid-surface countertops are practical for kitchens and bathrooms since they will not absorb dirt and grime. Like anything else, however, they need to be cared for properly and maintained. Solid-surface countertops can become dull over time. Keeping or restoring their original glow or polish is not complicated. Save the cost of having your counter professionally polished by maintaining your solid-surface counters yourself with a few simple actions.


Solid-surface countertops are durable and designed for easy maintenance.
  1. Clean the countertop with a general-purpose cleaner. Abrasive cleaners are not recommended for solid-surface cuntertops due to the risk of scratching.
  2. Shake the bottle of countertop polish well. Apply a small amount of polish to the clean surface and rub it over the countertop with a sponge or a soft towel using circular motions.
  3. Allow the polish to dry until it becomes opaque or hazy. Buff the polish off the countertop with a soft, dry towel using circular motions.
  4. Apply a second coat of polish using the application and removal method described in Steps 2 and 3 for a little extra shine.

Things You Will Need

  • General purpose cleaner
  • Countertop polish
  • Sponge
  • Dry cotton towel

Warnings

  • Do not expose solid surface countertops to harsh chemicals like paint thinner, turpentine, oven cleaner, acetone, or any other product known as a "remover." These chemicals may permanently damage the countertop.
  • If you are uncertain how to maintain your countertop correctly, contact the countertop's manufacturer for assistance.

About the Author

Kelly Nuttall is a student at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. She is set to graduate in the spring of 2011 with her bachelor's degree in technical communications. She has been writing for various websites since March of 2009.

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