Laminate Care and Maintenance
Follow these simple steps to help care for and maintain the beauty of your new laminate countertops.
Wipe the laminate with a damp cloth or sponge and a mild soap or detergent. General purpose household cleaners such as Pinesol, 409, Fantastic are all effective cleaning agents.
Abrasive cleaners, powders and abrasive cleaning pads should never be used on your laminate countertop - they will scratch and damage the laminate and make it susceptible to staining.
Household Staining Problems
Laminate countertops resist most household stains. Some fruit drinks, tea and coffee stains can be difficult to remove, as can glass rings, water marks and fingerprints. A thorough cleaning with a mild detergent or household cleaner and a soft bristle brush work effectively. A periodic application of a cleaner wax will help minimize future staining.
Indelible inks, such as felt marking pens or food pricing labels may stain the laminate. To remove such stains, use full strength Pinesol or 409 and allow it to draw out the stain. Solvents such as denatured alcohol may be used to get out tough stains but are extremely flammable so use with caution. Chlorine bleach may be used by dampening a cloth sparingly and blotting on the stained area for no more than a minute (extremely important that you do not use too much and don't leave on the laminate surface). Rinse thoroughly with warm water then dry completely.
Laminate countertops resist many chemicals including alcohol, most cosmetics and drugs. Take care when using laundry bleaches, hair dyes and rinses as these chemicals can cause permanent stains. Every precaution should be taken to protect your laminate surface from chemicals commonly found in rust removers, metal and oven cleaners, drain and toilet bowl cleaners - never put these types of chemicals on your laminate countertops as they will etch, corrode and permanently damage the laminate surface. Inadvertent spills should be wiped off immediately then thoroughly rinsed.
Laminate countertops can be permanently damaged when exposed to excessive heat. Care should be taken with cookware as it comes out of ovens or off burners. Use trivets or insulated pads beneath the hot objects when placing them on the laminate surface. Keep irons on the ironing boards and lighted cigarettes in the ash tray.
Scratches and Dents
Laminate countertops will resist scratches and will not crack or craze under normal use. However, cutting and slicing directly on the countertop can damage the laminate surface so you'll always want to use a cutting board or chopping block.
Never hammer on the countertop - especially along the edges as you can easily damage the laminate surface. Use caution when lifting or carrying heavy objects above the countertops as heavy impacts caused by falling objects can dent or gouge the laminate.
Seams and joints in laminate countertops are not waterproof and are susceptible to moisture damage. Objects such as potted household plants, coffee makers, soaked clothes or spilled liquids should not be left on seams or moisture damage may occur.