Tri Star 2.0

  Project Name: Tri Star Career Compact 2.0 Architect: Fanning Howey Construction Manager: Peterson Construction Scope: Provide and Install Educational Casework Completion: August 2019 Tri Star Career Compact consolidated its existing campuses into one comprehensive facility, dubbed Tri Star 2.0. Students from nine local schools in Mercer and Auglaize counties attend Tri Star 2.0 for Career Technical Education. The…

Westlake City Schools | Westlake Elementary School

  Project: Westlake Elementary School Owner: Westlake City Schools Architect: Lesko Associates, Inc. Construction Manager: ICON Construction Solutions, LLC Scope: Provide and Install Educational Casework Completion: August 2019 Westlake City Schools welcomed elementary students to their new Westlake Elementary School in August 2019 and held a Formal Dedication for the community in September 2019. The new building combines students…

Mason City Schools | Mason Middle School Renovation

  Project: Mason Middle School Renovation Owner: Mason City Schools Architect: VSWC Architects Contractor: Monarch Construction Co. Scope: Provide & Install Educational Casework, Millwork, and Athletic Equipment The renovations at Mason Middle School were just one part of the district’s Master Facilities Plan to create an efficient use of school facilities to produce the most benefit for the community’s…

Akron Public Schools | Ellet CLC High School

  Project Name: Ellet Community Learning Center High School Owner: Akron Public Schools Architect: GPD Group Construction Manager: Hammond Construction Contractor: Competitive Interiors Inc. Scope: Education Casework, Lab Casework, Telescopic Bleachers, Auditorium Seating Completion: August 2019 Stevens Industries educational casework is housed in the new Ellet CLC High School in Wild Cherry with accents of Sugar Cookie, Tangerine, Causal…

Carrollton Exempted Village Schools | Middle School\High School

  Project Name: Carrollton EVS New 6-12 School Owner: Carrollton Exempted Village Schools Architect: Lesko Associates, Inc. Construction Manager: Shook Touchstone Scope: Provide and Install Educational Casework Contractor: Beaver Constructors Scope: Provide and Install Telescopic Seating, and Auditorium Seating Completion: August 2019 Phase one of Carrollton Exempted Village Schools was completed in August 2019 with the grand opening of…

Urbana City Schools | Urbana PK-8 School

  Project Name: Urbana PK-8 School Owner: Urbana City Schools Architect: Fanning/Howey Associates, Inc Construction Manager: Gilbane Building Company Scope: Materials & Installation of Educational Casework, Lab Casework, and Telescopic Bleachers Completion: August 2018 Urbana City Schools consolidated their Elementary School and Middle School into a new Elementary/Jr. High School with a grand opening in August 2018. The new…

Miami Trace Local Schools | Miami Trace High School

  Project Name: Miami Trace High School Owner: Miami Trace Local Schools Architect: SHP Leading Design Construction Manager: Ruscilli Construction Company, Inc. Scope: Materials & Installation of Educational Casework, Lab Casework, Telescopic Bleachers, and Auditorium Seating Completion: August 2018 The new Miami Trace High School has been described as a showcase for modern learning. The new building joined the…

Northwest Local School District | Pleasant Run, Taylor, and Struble Elementary Schools

  Project Name: Pleasant Run, Taylor, and Struble Elementary Schools Owner: Northwest Local School District – Cincinnati, OH Architect: SHP Leading Design Construction Manager: Skanska – Megen Scope: Materials & Installation of Educational Casework and Custom Millwork Completion: August 2018 With groundbreaking in October 2016, three new elementary schools began construction and opened their doors for the 2018-2019 school year: Pleasant Run, Taylor, and…

Chippewa School District | Chippewa Jr./Sr. High School

Project Name: Chippewa School District Owner: Chippewa Jr./Sr. High School Architect: Hasenstab Architects Construction Manager: C.T. Taylor Construction Scope: Materials & Installation of Educational Casework, Lab Casework, Telescopic Bleachers, and Auditorium Seating Completion: August 2018 The February 2019 edition of Properties Magazine featured Chippewa School District’s new Jr./Sr. High School, describing the new build as a showcase for the community. The new building is a…

Spring Cleaning in the Classroom: Laminate & Epoxy

Plastic Laminate Casework

 

We’ve discussed spring cleaning for indoor telescopic bleachers and outdoor grandstands, now let’s take a walk into the classrooms and talk Casework and Millwork, more specifically, plastic laminate.

The high-rated durability of thermofused and high-pressure laminate make it much easier to care for than real wood, ensuring years of quality performance.

Basic Maintenance for Laminate:

  • Routinely clean surfaces with a damp cloth or sponge, and a mild soap or detergent.
  • Stubborn stains, such as coffee, can be removed with a household cleaner and soft bristled brush. If the mark persists, use a baking soda and water paste with a soft bristled brush.
  • Undiluted bleach or nail polish remover can be used if the above steps do not remove the mark, but should sit no more than two minutes to avoid damaging the surface.
  • Surfaces can be disinfected with a 10% bleach / 90% water solution. Apply the solution and wipe surface dry.  Deep textures may require more drying to ensure the solution is wiped away.

Things to Avoid:

  • Laminate surfaces are incredibly durable but can be damaged by misuse. Avoid the missteps below to enjoy the long life-cycle of your laminate products!
  • Avoid forceful scrubbing, especially if the surface has a gloss finish.
  • Acidic or abrasive cleaners can damage laminate surfaces; do not use them.
  • Hot pans and heat-producing appliances, such as an electric skillet, when set directly upon countertops can damage the surface. Use a heat shield, hot pad or trivet to protect the surface.

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What About Epoxy Resin Tops?

Care for Epoxy Resin is similar to Plastic Laminate in the sense that you don’t want to use abrasive materials and forceful scrubbing as they will diminish the finish. With any spill, the sooner you wipe it up, the better and use a damp soft cloth or sponge. Mild soaps, again, similar to Plastic Laminate are best. For a more natural clean, you can combine vinegar and water. Treating your tops with a weekly or monthly mineral oil polish will revive the finish.

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