Looking after your kitchen
Laminate work surfacesMoisture
Most high pressure laminates are impervious to water. However the adhesive and core material may not be as impervious so any incidental spillages should be wiped away with a clean, soft cloth to avoid water penetration.
High pressure laminates will usually withstand temperatures over 100C however damage may result if cooking utensils are taken from a direct heat source or hot electric irons are placed on to the work surface. We recommend always using trivets or similar protection against direct contact with excessive heat. Burning cigarettes should not be left on the surface.
Laminate work surfaces are extremely durable under normal everyday life. Extra care should be taken when working with sharp cutlery and kitchen utensils and we recommend always using a protective mat or board when chopping food. Note that contact with PVC aprons may promote premature wear of the work surface.
Laminate work surfaces are easily maintained by regular cleaning with water mixed with a mild detergent. Stubborn stains may be removed using a non-abrasive cleaner. Never use abrasive cleaners, oven cleaners or scouring pads.
Dust and light staining
Wipe with a dry or damp (not wet) soft cloth.
Normal stains (Soil, oil, fat, fingermarks, rust, lime deposits, juice, coffee, tea, blood, wax etc)
Wipe with a cloth dipped in water containing mild detergent.
Resistant stains (Lead pencil, ballpoint pens, felt tip pens, crayons, wax, shoe polish, lipstick, nicotine etc)
Remove with an organic solvent such as methylated spirits, acetone, benzene, perchlorethylene or nail varnish remover. Check manufacturer's instructions before commencing and check if solvent will damage surface by testing on a hidden area first.
Paints, varnishes and adhesives
Remove with water or organic solvent depending on product base and manufacturer's instructions. Two part paints and adhesives must be removed immediately.
Long term stains
Staining which has been left for a long period of time, such as tea and coffee spillages can usually be removed using a dilute solution of household bleach. This should only be allowed to remain in contact with the surface for a short time and only be used very occasionally. Gentle use of a nail brush may help when cleaning textured laminate surfaces. Finally rinse well with clean water and polish dry with a clean, soft cloth. Wiping with a clean wash leather and a few drops of vinegar may help prevent smears to the final finish.