Laminate worktops are still as popular as ever, due to their durability and affordability. But how can you maintain that showroom finish for the longest possible time? Here are a few tips to help you.
Laminate worktops are still as popular as ever, due to their durability and affordability. But how do we care for them so they maintain that showroom finish for the longest possible time?
Here are a few tips to help you keep your worktop in good condition.
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There are three main areas were a laminate worktop is vulnerable to damage:
1. Water damage
If water manages to soak under the laminate layer of a worktop it can do irreversible damage. The area behind your sink and any joins in the worktop are the most susceptible areas to this. So the next time you’re washing that big stockpot and have managed to make a puddle behind the sink just remember to give a quick wipe dry when you’re done. Also, avoid leaving moister generating appliances, such as a coffee maker or deep fat fryer on the joins.
2. Heat damage
The maximum temperature a worktop can take is around 180 degrees Celsius. After this point the glue holding the laminate surface will melt leaving it to blister upwards. So always keep a surface saver close to your hob or oven.
3. Abrasive and impact damage
Many of us are guilty of chopping the odd piece of fruit without a chopping board; but I guess this one is just common sense . A few small, dishwasher safe, chopping boards are an easy solution. Worktop manufacturers also recommend not using a pvc apron when leaning against the worktop at the sink, as this can cause wear on the laminate over time.
Clean with a mild solution of washing up liquid and hot water on a damp cloth. You can also clean with multi- surface spray, or multi-surface wipes.With a high gloss finish, we would recommend wiping after cleaning with a window leather (shammy leather) to remove any streaks. Remember – nothing abrasive for this type of worktop. Leave the brillo pads and ciff under the sink on this one.
If you would like to know more on worktop care or have any other questions, we would be delighted to help.