What is a Laminate surface?

Laminate is a material created by saturating layers of decorative and core paper with resin and submitting them to high temperature and pressure to fuse the layers into a single sheet. (Formica and Arborite are popular manufacture brand names that have been identified as laminates).

Laminate sheets are then bonded to a substrate, particleboard being a common choice, which gives the final product its strength and durability.

Plastic Laminate Usage & Care

Plastic laminate is incredibly stain resistant, far more so than other countertops material such as natural granite and marble.  To ensure the beauty and longevity of your countertops please observe the following tips:

Cleaning Procedures

  • Using a soft cloth, remove excess waters and wash the surface with mild dishwashing liquid and warm water.
  • DO NOT use abrasive cleaners, such as vim, or scouring pads, as they will scratch the surface damaging both its beauty and its stain resistance.
  • DO NOT use cleaners containing acid, alkali, or sodium hypochlorite. Examples of cleaners to avoid are oven, metal, drain and ceramic cook-top cleaners as well as coffeepot cleaners, chlorine bleach, rust and lime scale removers.
  • DO use all-purpose cleaners such as Fantastic, Glass Plus, Lysol Brand Disinfectant Deodorizing Cleaner, Mr. Clean, Pine–Sol, Windex, or Baking soda paste mixed with water.

Protecting the Surface

  • Knives or other sharp utensils may cut or scratch the laminate surface, be sure to always use a cutting board when working with such items.
  • Heavy blows from a hammer or meat tenderizer may crack or gouge the surface. A chopping block is recommended for these applications.
  • Hot pans or activated electrical appliances should not be place on laminated surfaces, always use protective insulating pads.

Seam & Joint Care

  • DO NOT allow water to stand on any joint. Water or steam may cause swelling of the joints. Water may seep into the joint, which will result in swelling or de-lamination and is not covered under warranty.
  • Do not leave any heat source (coffee pot, toaster, slow cooker, electric skillet, etc.), wet cloth, or frozen food left to thaw directly on seam.

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