Caring for Laminate Countertops
Although they are subject to excessive wear, adhering to a few basic guidelines when caring for laminate countertops will prolong the original appearance.
Scratching and Chipping
Avoid sliding heavy or rough objects along the surface of your laminate countertops, as they will scratch and chip if they are subjected to such treatment. The use of a cutting board is a wise measure to prevent scratching, as laminate countertops are not impervious to the blade of a knife.
Hot objects, such as pots, pans, or appliances (toaster, deep fryer, slow cooker, etc.) should not be placed directly on the laminate surface. Heat generating or moisture generating small appliances should not be placed over laminate seams. Trivets or insulated pads should be used at all times to prevent scorching, delaminating, seam separation or moisture damage.
Cleaning Your Laminate Countertops
To clean your countertop, you should normally use only a mild detergent and water solution applied with a soft sponge or cloth. If difficult stains cannot be removed using this method, a softbristled brush can be used with a more concentrated solution. If the stain still persists, use a paste made of baking soda and water applied with a softbristled brush, scrubbing gently for 10 to 20 strokes.
Abrasive pads and scouring pads or cleansers should not be used, as they may permanently dull and scratch your finish, which may make your countertop more susceptible to staining.