Now that you've gone through the process of a kitchen renovation, you are probably wondering how you can keep it looking brand new. Well, you can start by learning how to care for your laminate countertops. Laminate is one of the easiest materials to keep clean and looking new. This guide explains what you'll need to do.
Keeping Laminate Clean
Wet down a clean cloth and add a little mild detergent to it. Wring out the cloth completely and wipe down the entire surface. Rinse out the cloth and wipe the surface down again until there is no soap residue left.
Use an all-purpose household cleaner as an alternative. However, don't use harsh cleaners, such as those made for bathrooms, tile or grout.
Keeping A Uniform Appearance
Wipe away spilled fruit juice, tea or other items that leave behind stubborn stains immediately. If by chance the substance does stain the laminate, use a scrubbing pad or abrasive cleaner, such as baking soda, to clean it up. Alternatively, apply a little bleach to the spot with a clean cloth and allow the bleach to work its magic for a few minutes. Rinse off the bleach with a clean damp cloth or household cleaner.
When the stain is gone, go over the entire surface of the laminate with the abrasive cleaner gently to provide a uniform appearance and shine.
Always Use A Cutting Board
Laminate can be a great looking countertop, but never use the surface as a cutting board, as you might do with other countertop materials. Even though laminate is strong, it can scratch if you use knives on it.
Even if you don't use laminate as a cutting board, you may occasionally notice a scratch here and there. Removing them is easy as long as you are gentle. All you need is some sand paper.
The grit of the sand paper you'll need depends on the type of laminate you have. The more shine, the higher the grit. For example, if your laminate is matte, then you'll need a lower grit. A semi-gloss finish requires the highest grit.
Attach the sand paper to a sanding block and sand the scratch in a circular motion for a few minutes. Wipe away any sanding debris and check to see if the scratch has smoothed out. If not, continue until it does.
Warning: If you have a glossy laminate, don't try to sand it because you might take away all the shine. Instead, call the laminate fabricator to set up an appointment so they can professionally remove the scratches.
Ask your laminate fabricator about the exact cleaners recommended for your laminate countertop, and the grit of sand paper required for your particular finish. Request their help if you notice any discolorations throughout normal use, or if there is damage beyond scratches and stains. Refer to this guide often so that you can keep your laminate looking as good as the day it was installed during your renovations.