Avonite Solid Surface Countertops FAQ, Avonite Countertop Care & Maintenance

Avonite Surfaces™ is a pioneer in the solid surfacing industry. Avonite surfaces are always recyclable, and they come in varying sizes, dynamic colors, and realistic textures. Avonite partial and full sheets come from rich collections inspired by glass, precious metals, and other natural materials.

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Solid surface seams are inconspicuous, hygienic, and nonporous, and Avonite countertops will not support the growth of bacteria or mold. Avonite surfaces allow for design flexibility, and the surfaces are heat- and scratch-resistant and easy to clean and maintain. Avonite is designed to provide durable service and lasting beauty in your kitchen, bathroom, and beyond. Please contact Capitol Granite for more information on Avonite Solid Surface Countertops. You can also view Capitol Granite’s entire Avonite Countertop Color Collection Here.

What is the difference between Avonite Solid Surface Countertops and Granite, Laminate, and other Surface Materials?

Avonite solid surface countertops offer a variety of benefits that laminate, tile and granite countertops do not. Solid surface seams are very inconspicuous, hygienic, and even non-porous. This means that Avonite countertops will not support the growth of mold and bacteria. Avonite’s visual pattern allows for a vast array of designs. Due to Avonite’s unique manufacturing process, Avonite Solid Surface Countertops create a depth of color and clarity that are not found in other solid surface products. Avonite also comes equipped with a limited ten-year material warranty making it an even more desirable countertop choice..

How easy is it to Repair Avonite Solid Surface Countertops?

Avonite’s pattern runs through out its entire thickness. This means that nicks and scratches are easily removed by sanding the top of the matte finished material. Major damage or damage that is caused to a polished finish top can generally be repaired by a certified Avonite Surfaces fabricator.
A matte finish is one that has a sanded finish with virtually no sheen at all. A quality satin finish is generally achieved by some additional sanding of the surface with finer grits of sandpaper as well as other abrasive materials like Scotch Brite© pads. The satin finish tends to have an appearance that is low to medium in luster. Finally, the gloss finish possesses a very high luster appearance and typically is applied on limited use and wear areas of the countertop.

What is the difference between Satin, Matte, and a Gloss finish on Avonite Surfaces?

A matte finish is one that has a sanded finish with virtually no sheen at all. A quality satin finish is generally achieved by some additional sanding of the surface with finer grits of sandpaper as well as other abrasive materials like Scotch Brite© pads. The satin finish tends to have an appearance that is low to medium in luster. Finally, the gloss finish possesses a very high luster appearance and typically is applied on limited use and wear areas of the countertop.

Can I set a hot pot, pan or surface on my Avonite Countertops?

Even though Avonite Solid Surface Counters are resilient against heat, all solid surfaces want to expand and contract when exposed to extreme temperature changes. When a hot pan is placed in the center solid surface countertops, the material will try to expand. Since the surrounding countertop is at room temperature, the area exposed to an increased temperature has no room to expand. This has the potential to cause cracking of the surface. It is also possible that scorching could also occur if your Avonite surface is exposed to extreme temperatures. In order to prevent damage to your Avonite countertops, it is recommended that you use a hot pad or trivet when placing hot items on the surface. An attractive design option involves routed grooves where you can place stainless steel rods that have the ability to hold hot pans. Another option to consider is an area inlayed with ceramic tile that is able to handle the heat of hot pots or pans.

Can I cut directly on my Avonite Countertops?

Although Avonite Solid Surface Counters are extremely durable, like all solid surface, they can be marred, scuffed or scratched with a knife that is sharp enough. We recommend that you always use a cutting board for all activities involving cutting in your kitchen.

How easily do Avonite Surfaces Scratch?

Anything that is harder than a particular solid surface can easily scratch the surface. These items include:ceramics, stoneware, stainless steel, and glassware among other things. If you would like complete instructions on how to care for your Avonite Solid Surface Counters, visit our Avonite Care & Maintenance section below for comprehensive instructions on how to care for your Avonite Solid Surface Counters.

Can Avonite Surfaces be Buffed back to their original Condition and Shine?

Yes,If you have a high gloss Avonite surface, it can be buffed back to its original shine with ease. We do, however, recommend that you contact Capitol Granite to restore your countertop to its original luster.


Care and Maintenance of Avonite Countertops:


Matte Finish Avonite Surfaces:

  • Cleaning :
    • A sponge, soap and water will clean most stains. For more stubborn stains use a green Scotch Brite pad and an abrasive cleanser. Periodically go over the entire matte surface with a dry green Scotch Brite pad to return the original finish.
  • Scratches:
    • To remove scratches, start sanding with 240 grit paper and then clean with an abrasive cleanser and a green Scotch Brite pad.

Avonite Sinks:

  • Use the Matte Finish cleaning and scratch removal procedures above. To keep sink color bright, clean occasionally with liquid bleach and water. Fill the sink 1/4 full with water, add 1 to 2 cups of bleach, wipe the sides of the sink and let stand for 15 minutes. Then drain the sink and rinse.

Satin Finish Avonite Surfaces:

  • Cleaning:
    • Soap and water will clean most stains. For stubborn stains use a white Scotch Brite pad and a non-abrasive cleanser, such as Soft Scrub.
  • Scratches:
    • To remove scratches, start by sanding with 400 grit paper followed by 600 grit paper. Then clean the area with Soft Scrub and a white Scotch Brite pad. You may choose to spray a light coat of Protect All to enhance the luster.

High Gloss Avonite Surfaces:

  • Cleaning:
    • Soap and water will remove most stains. Use a polishing compound like 3M Perfect-It and a soft cloth to remove more stubborn stains.
  • Scratches:
    • To remove scratches from a high gloss finish Avonite countertop, start sanding with 400 grit paper. The surface must then be machine polished back to its original finish. Advise customer to contact Capitol Granite if they do not own or have access to this equipment.

Helpful Hints for Avonite Countertops:

  • Always use a hot pad or trivet instead of your Avonite countertops when using hot pots or heat producing appliances.
  • Always use a cutting board when cutting on your Avonite Countertops.
  • Never stand on your Avonite counters.
  • Avoid harsh chemicals such as drain cleaners and paint removers when cleaning your Avonite counter tops.
  • For high gloss Avonite counters, place felt protectors on the bottom of pottery or other hard objects.
  • Avoid sliding hard objects across Avonite glossy surfaces.
  • Always run cool water when pouring boiling water into Avonite Surfaces sinks.
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