Laminate kitchen countertops are one of the most low-maintenance options on the market, but they still need a little care to ensure that they stay hygienic, clean and looking their best. Read these tips from Kuehn Bevel, the leaders in laminate edging options:
- Wipe down with household cleaner and warm water: Laminate countertops are bacteria resistant, so they just need a gentle scrub to keep them clean. Use ordinary household cleaner and a soft cloth, and be sure to clean any seams carefully as contaminants may get trapped there. Be sure to wipe off all traces of the cleaning product, as these can be abrasive and cause damage to any countertop surface. Chemicals such as bleach can discolor the surface as well as damage the countertop finish over time.
- Treat stains with baking soda paste: Laminate is stain resistant but no countertop is truly stain proof. While it’s best to wipe up any spills that may stain the countertop as quickly as possible, accidents do happen over time – especially in a busy kitchen! Fortunately, it is a fairly simple process to lift stains off these countertops. Simply mix a 3:1 ratio of baking soda to water, spread the paste over the stain and leave for 3-5 minutes before wiping away.
- Preventing heat and scorch marks: Although laminate is heat resistant, very hot temperatures and prolonged exposure to high temperatures will cause damage over time. While this damage is permanent in most cases, it is easily preventable. Always use a trivet or an insulated pad in between a hot pot or pan and your countertop if the temperature exceeded 275 degrees Fahrenheit. While laminate can handle accidental exposure to high temperatures for a short duration, a good rule to follow is that if something is too hot for your hands, it’s too hot for your counter.
- Scratches and cuts: Laminate can handle a lot of wear and tear and people often cut directly onto laminate counters. While this can happen without damaging the work surface, it isn’t recommended. A sharp knife can easily damage the finish of the countertop and even cut into the top layer of the laminate, leaving grooves that look unsightly and trap bacteria, so it’s best to use a cutting board instead.
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