Proper Upkeep for Plastic Laminate Surfaces

Cleaning Laminate

Caring for laminate casework and countertops correctly will ensure years of quality performance. The high-rated durability of thermofused and high-pressure laminate make them much easier to care for than real wood.

Basic Maintenance for Laminate:

  1. Routinely clean surfaces with a damp cloth or sponge, and a mild soap or detergent.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Full Care & Maintenance Instructions

Guest Post from Amanda Emmerich | Stevens Industries