How to look after resin tops

Cleaning and maintenance advice for tops and washbasins in Aquatek, Corian, Mineralmarmo, Mineralux, Mineralsolid and Cristalplant.

If your bathroom boasts a washbasin or top in a resin-based material, read this post with useful tips for taking care of them so that they keep their good looks through time.

Contemporary bathroom decor features a wide variety of materials for washbasins, tops and shower trays. Unlike to traditional ceramic, whose characteristics and needs are well known, each of them requires different care that not everyone knows or observes.

The reason is that, although these materials are often similar, they have different material and chemical components that require specific cleaning and maintenance methods.

It follows that to take care of resin washbasins and tops so that they remain like new, it is essential to know the specific material involved.

It is extremely important to keep the maintenance instructions provided in the packing: as time goes by you may forget the name of the product and you may have similar materials in the house, so it’s easy to get confused. Keeping this important information to hand will make it possible to request the necessary instructions from the manufacturer or find them online.

Let’s take a look at each one separately, bearing in mind that the general rule for all surfaces is to avoid contact with harsh products (such as acetone, bad for almost all materials, or hair dyes) and abrasive cleaning pads, unless expressly advised!

Aquatek and Corian tops and washbasins: care and maintenance

Aquatek top with soft contour integrated washbasin and coordinated drain plug | Nyù Collection

See all the washbasins and variants in the Nyù Collection

Corian top with soft contour integrated washbasin and black drain plug | Cubik Collection

See all the washbasins and variants in the Cubik Collection

Aquatek and Corian are both manufactured with the same raw materials, particularly extremely strong acrylic resins that are easy to clean and can be repaired when damaged. Below, some instructions to keep them in pristine condition:

  • Daily cleaning  > use a cotton or microfibre cloth, or a non-abrasive sponge, with a mild detergent and warm water
  • Extraordinary cleaning and surface renovation > use a solution of ¼ water and ¾ bleach, wiping it over the surface with a sponge and leaving to stand for a few minutes (then rinse carefully)
  • Surface scratches and stains > use the Scotch Brite abrasive sponge provided
  • Deep scratches and stubborn stains > request the renovation kit (as the colour is applied to the material as a paste, it can be repaired with the product supplied; no need to call an expert)

Mineralsolid tops and washbasins: care and maintenance

Mineralsolid sit-on washbasin | Dolcevita Collection

Mineralsolid is made of recycled PET polyester resins, coated with matt gelcoat (epoxy or polyester resin finish that makes surfaces impermeable, adding attractive aesthetics or colour).

  • Daily cleaning > use a cotton or microfibre cloth, or a non-abrasive sponge, with a mild detergent and warm water
  • Extraordinary cleaning and surface renovation > apply a creamy detergent (for example Cif Cream) with a Scotch Brite abrasive sponge (provided), then rinse carefully.

Mineralux tops and washbasins: care and maintenance

Mineralux top with integrated washbasin, for rounded cabinet | Form Collection

Mineralux is made of recycled PET polyester resins, coated with glossy gelcoat (the only difference from Mineralsolid).

  • Daily cleaning > use a cotton or microfibre cloth, or a non-abrasive sponge, with a mild detergent and warm water
  • Extraordinary cleaning and surface renovation > use a solution of ¼ water and ¾ bleach, wiping it over the surface with a sponge and leaving to stand for a few minutes (then rinse carefully)
  • Surface stains and scratches: use a polishing compound

Cristalplant® tops and washbasins: care and maintenance

Cristalplant washbasin with side shelf | Dogma Collection

Look for the furnishing solutions you prefer among those in the Dogma series

Cristalplant®is a solid surface made of pure aluminium trihydrate minerals bound with Biobased® vegetal resins (corn/maize), which gives a soft touch surface with a matt stone effect. It is highly resistant, also to yellowing, and is recyclable, hygienic and repairable. 

Tests performed due to the Covid-19 pandemic show that this material is also a virucide that can eliminate a virus from surfaces 60 minutes from contact (test report issued by UOCMV). This feature is especially important, particularly in public places.

  • Daily cleaning  > use a cotton or microfibre cloth, or a non-abrasive sponge, with a mild detergent and warm water
  • Extraordinary cleaning and surface renovation > apply a creamy detergent (for example Cif Cream) with a Scotch Brite abrasive sponge (provided), then rinse carefully
  • Surface scratches and stains > use the Scotch Brite abrasive sponge provided
  • Deep scratches and stubborn stains > request the renovation kit (as the colour is applied to the material as a paste, it can be repaired with the product supplied; no need to call an expert)

Mineralmarmo tops and washbasins: care and maintenance

Mineralmarmo top with integrated washbasin | System Collection

Mineralmarmo contains 75% natural minerals such as calcium carbonate and aluminium trihydrates, and 25% polyester resin, coated with gelcoat and therefore highly resistant to water and foreign agents. The surface effect is bright and glossy.  It also has good heat resistance (up to 160°C).

  • Daily cleaning  > use a cotton or microfibre cloth, or a non-abrasive sponge, with a mild detergent and warm water
  • Extraordinary cleaning, surface scratch repair and surface renovation > request the renovation kit

Maintaining resin tops: watch the video

We have put together all our tips for taking care of resin tops and washbasins in a video on Ideagroup’s YouTube channel.

Taking care of surfaces on furniture and fixtures is important: it keeps them intact over time and your bathroom will always look like new. Find all our tips about taking care of products in the maintenance section of this blog.

If you’re still undecided about which material is right for you and your bathroom consult one of our dealers: inspect the materials for tops and washbasins hands-on before choosing the one you want!

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