Monday, August 5, 2013
Today’s laminate countertops are more popular and more customizable than ever. Laminate comes in a variety of colors, designs, styles and shapes, and is a lasting and durable kitchen surface option. Laminate countertops are a popular solution for people who like the look of granite, but don’t necessarily like the price tag that goes along with it. Some natural looking colors and patterns of laminates are made to resemble granite, slate and other types of stone at a fraction of the cost.
Most laminate countertops are low maintenance and only require minimal cleaning to keep them looking their best. As with anything in your home, without proper maintenance, you might find yourself replacing them prematurely due to wear and tear. A regular, quick clean with general household products will keep your countertop lasting for years to come.
What You’ll Need:
Soft Cloth or Sponge
Soft and short bristle brush
1. Give your countertop a thorough cleaning. Use the dishwashing detergent, water and the cloth or sponge to completely wipe down the surface. Do not use acids, bleach, or abrasive cleaners, which can scratch or etch the surface of your countertops. Be sure to rinse off any excess cleaning solution and use a dry cloth to wipe up any additional water. Prolonged exposure to moisture can cause discoloration, buckling and warping of your laminate.
2. For stained areas, make a paste of equal parts baking soda and water. Put the paste on the stain, let it sit for a few minutes, and then scrub lightly with the soft bristle brush. After the stains are removed, be sure to rinse the area with water and thoroughly dry.
3. Clean up spills as soon as possible with a clean cloth or paper towel to avoid causing any permanent staining or damage.
4. For laminates that have a glossy topcoat, wipe countertops with a clean cloth and glass cleaning spray to keep them shiny after cleaning.