Tips for Caring for Laminate Countertops

Laminate countertops are those made up of a chipboard base and then covered with several more layers, the last being synthetic (melamine, Formica, etc.). This type of countertops allows us to achieve all kinds of finishes. The most common are those that imitate other raw materials such as stone, wood, or steel.

They are a very competitive and durable solution for any kitchen or work surface as long as a series of basic cares are followed. Below are some of them:

  • Avoid contact with hot pots or kitchen appliances. Although currently, this type of Formica worktop has improved their resistance to heat, especially in the high ranges.
  • Always keep a cutting board handy as knives and other sharp kitchen utensils can scratch the counter.
  • It is recommended not to use abrasive products for cleaning, as they will spoil the finish. Use neutral detergents or alcohol.
  • Do not clean with aluminum scouring pads or anything alike, as there is a risk of scratching. A simple fiber scourer or a cloth is more than enough.

Although it is advisable to use anti-scale products to clean the countertops, if the lime has accumulated in some area (the cleaning vinegar can also help us), it is not recommended to leave the anti-scale products for a long time, since they can end up leaving marks on according to what finishes.

One of the most frequent and most serious problems that these types of worktops can suffer is that they swell if the inner face comes into contact with water or other liquids. Pay special attention to gasket sealing and sink installation. If you notice that it begins to swell, you must take measures immediately to prevent the water from continuing to filter.

As in all products, there are qualities. Compact laminate countertops made from high-density boards have better behavior against water. Its absorption coefficient is much lower. This does not mean that they do not spoil if the water penetrates.

By Cole Harris

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