surfaces for countertops in the kitchen and bathroom are very
popular because they are durable, stain-resistant, scuff-resistant
and easy-to-clean. Even so, many times accidents happen and
spills or stains occur.
tips for care and cleaning of your laminated surfaces include:
A quick wipe with a damp cloth will take care of most spills.
Flooding a laminated surface or immersing it in water may
damage the glue lines and cause the support material to swell
To remove grease, spray the surface with a glass cleaner or
all-purpose cleaner and wipe with a soft cloth.
Regardless of the type of stain, try the easiest method first.
That is, cleaning the surface with a solution of warm water
and hand dishwashing detergent, using a sponge or soft dish
cloth. Rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.
If the spot or stain remains - use an all-purpose or multi-purpose
cleaner, or tub/tile/sink cleaner. Follow the manufacturer's
instructions. Rinse and dry.
If the stain still shows no sign of fading, treat it with
a paste made from baking soda and water. Apply the paste with
a soft bristle brush and rub gently using a light, circular
motion to avoid damaging the surface. Rinse with warm water
and dry with a soft cloth.
spots and stains can be treated with undiluted liquid household
bleach (sodium hypochlorite). Follow label directions for
proper use. It's a good idea to wear rubber gloves when using
bleach. Apply the bleach full strength to the spot and let
it stand for no more than one and one-half minutes; then rinse
several times, using plenty of warm water. Certain dried stains
-- such as coffee, mustard, chocolate and some liquid medicines
(including some children's vitamins) -- may require bleaching.
If newsprint ink stains the surface, apply bleach and scrub
lightly with a soft bristle brush.
rinsing is an important part of the cleaning process. If a
dish left on the surface is wet or if the room's humidity
causes condensation to form on the dish, the moisture around
the bottom of the dish can reactivate even a small residue
of cleaning solution. The result could be a permanent ring
your laminated surface is worn, some dark, wax-based marks
such as crayons and candle wax may stain. If this is the case,
clean them with all-purpose cleaner and a soft bristle brush.
Clean up nail polish spills with a remover that is the same
brand as the polish. The two products will have compatible
formulas, which reduces the risk of permanent damage. Follow
up with hand dishwashing detergent and rinse with warm water.
such as drain openers, oven cleaners, rust removers and toilet
bowl cleaners can permanently damage the surface. Hair dyes,
textile dyes, food colorings and mascaras with permanent dye
can also be a problem. Take special care when using these
items. If spilling occurs, wipe immediately, then rinse the
surface several times with clean water. Work quickly and carefully.
using abrasive tools such as knives, paint scrapers, sand
paper or steel wool pads to remove dry stains. Also, avoid
strong cleaners or abrasives.
proper care, laminated surfaces will stay beautiful and last
a long time.