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Laminate and Solid Surface Countertop Care

Laminate Countertop Cleaning Tips

To clean your laminate or solid surface countertop, use a wet cloth or sponge and mild soap or detergent. Deep stains such as coffee or tea can be removed using a standard household cleaning solution and baking soda; mixing to achieve a paste consistency. Do not use a wire brush on your countertop, instead use a stiff nylon bristle brush to scrub the affected area. Avoid scrubbing hard enough to scratc the countertop finish.

Stains that persist after trying the above mentioned cleaning methods may require the use of undiluted household bleach or nail polish remover. Use a cotton ball saturated with bleach or nail polish remover (acetone) and gently rub the stain for up to two minutes. After application, be sure to rinse the area thoroughly with warm water and wipe dry. You can repeat this action several times if the stain appears to be going away and the color of the laminate has not been affected.

WARNING: Be sure to rinse the surface thoroughly after cleaning cleaning with bleach or acetone! Failure to do so can cause damage; even if a small amount of cleaning solution remains on the surface. A dry residue may be invisible; however, moisture from cups or drinks can reactivate it, and result in permanently etched scars or stains over time.

Recommended Household Cleaners

  • Formula 409®
  • Dawn®
  • Glass Plus®
  • Dow Bathroom Cleaner with Scrubbing Bubbles
  • Fantastik®
  • Windex®
  • Lestoil®
  • Lysol® Brand Disinfectant Basin / Tub / Tile Cleaner
  • Mr. Clean®
  • TOP JOB®
  • Clorox®*
* Prolonged exposure can mar the surface

A Few Notes of Caution

Do not use acid or drain cleaner on your laminate countertops!  These type of cleaners can cause permanent damage to the surface. If you spill a drain cleaner, wipe it up immediately and rinse several times with water.

Food coloring and any other type of hair or clothing dyes can cause permanent stains. If dye should spill on your countertop, wipe it up immediately with dishwashing soap or an all-purpose cleaner.

Wipe all spills away promptly and rinse several times with water.

Do not use steel wool on your laminate countertop as it will damage the laminate face. Do not leave steel wool pads on your countertop as the metal can rust and leave stains.

The cleaners listed below can cause damage to the surface of laminate:
Chemical Ingredient Synonymous Names
Hydrochloric Acid Muriatic Acid
Hydrogen Chloride
Sulfuric Acid Oleic Acid
Oil of Vitriol
Oleum
Hydrofluoric Acid Rust Remover
Phosphoric Acid Rust Remover
Sodium Hydroxide Caustic Soda
Caustic
Lye
Soda Lye
Pumice (abrasive)

Remember, sharp objects can damage the surface of a laminate countertop. Do not use your countertop as a cutting board. Although high pressure laminates are resistant to scratches, the surface can be damaged and affect the appearance.

 

Solid Surface Countertop Cleaning Tips

General Cleaning

For everyday cleaning, simply use warm soapy water or non-abrasive household cleaners such as glass cleaner, Fantastik®, Formula 409® or commercially available solid surface cleaners will remove most residues.

Removing Stubborn Residue

Here are suggestions based on the type of finish you have on your solid surface countertop.

Matte:
Apply an abrasive cleaner like Bon-ami®, Comet® or Ajax® and a damp sponge, buff in a circular motion. Then rinse and towel dry.

Satin:
Apply a mild abrasive cleaner such as Soft Scrub® and a damp sponge, rub in a circular motion. Then rinse and towel dry. If additional blending is necessary, lightly buff with a gray (7448) Scotch-Brite™ pad then rinse and towel dry.

Semi-Gloss:
Apply soapy water and with a white Scotch-Brite™ pad rub in a circular motion. Then rinse and towel dry.

Gloss Finish:
This finish is limited to mild detergents or nonabrasive cleaners with a soft cloth.

Removing Minor Cuts & Scratches

Solid Surface countertops are completely renewable since the color goes all the way through. Use the following guideline when removing minor cuts and scratches.

You can use an abrasive cleaner like Bon-ami®, Comet® or Ajax® and a damp green Scotch-Brite™ pad. Rub in a circular motion then rinse and begin blending in a circular motion in progressive steps until achieving a uniform finish.

Matte (blending):
With damp sponge and the same abrasive cleaner, buff in a circular motion. Rinse and towel dry.

Satin (blending):
Apply a mild abrasive cleaner such as Soft Scrub® and a damp sponge, buff in a circular motion. Then rinse and towel dry. If additional blending is necessary lightly buff with a gray (7448) Scotch-Brite™ pad then rinse and towel dry.

Semi-Gloss (blending):
Apply a mild abrasive cleaner such as Soft Scrub® and a damp sponge, buff in a circular motion. Rinse and lightly buff with a gray (7448) Scotch-Brite™ pad. Rinse again then follow with a white Scotch-Brite™ lightly buff in a circular motion. Rinse and towel dry.

Gloss Finish:
Specialized tooling is normally required to achieve and maintain a gloss finish. Please contact your fabricator for assistance. Service charge may apply.

Should there be a variation with the surface finish, proceed with the blending step over the entire surface. For a final touch, you may apply Protect All Shine Plus™ to your countertop for a clean, dry professional appearance.

Simple Precautions

Although Solid Surface countertops can be renewed or repaired if necessary by a professional fabricator, it’s best to try and avoid serious damage by following these few simple guidelines.

Preventing Heat Damage

Solid Surface is heat resistant but common sense should be applied concerning exposure to direct heat. Always use trivets with rubber tip feet or flame resistant heat mats when placing hot objects like pots or pans taken off the stove. Use heat mats under heat producing appliances such as electric skillets, crock pots, etc. that are on the countertop.

Protecting the Surface

  • Do not expose your countertop to harsh chemicals such as paint removers/thinners, acetone based cleaners, stove/drain cleaners, etc. If these come in contact with the surface, quickly wash off with water and rinse several times.
  • Do not use your countertop as a cutting board. While minor cuts and scratches can be repaired by the consumer, deeper cuts may require service of a professional at an added expense.
  • Do not stand or sit on the countertop