Monday, November 29, 2010

How to Clean Laminates For Countertops

Have you ever wondered what exactly laminates for countertops are?  Let’s start with the basics: a laminate is a material that is constructed by joining two or more layers of materials together.  Lamination was invented by a dentist in 1938 named Dr. Morris M. Blum.

In actuality, dental lamination was the inspiration behind the invention of the lamination process.  It started with a photograph.  Dr. Blum wanted to preserve a photo of his wife so he used clear resin, a substance typically used for capping and bonding teeth.

The lamination process has changed considerable since Dr. Blum’s accidental invention.  There are several different types of laminates available such as Formica, Plywood, Wilsonart, and much more.  Laminates are usually made by gluing a plastic film (the laminate) on either side of the chosen material whether glass or wood.


The purpose of using laminates is to enhance the longevity of products.  For instance, at we sell Laminates for Countertops which are famous for easy care and elegance.  While other homeowners without laminates for countertops see every stain on their counters such as butter, tomato sauce, coffee or grape juice you can relax with your luxurious and affordable Laminates for Countertops. Laminates are also very easy to clean when you follow the simple instructions below:

1.       Clean the surface using a damp cloth or sponge and a mild soap or detergent.  Difficult stains such as coffee or tea can be removed using a mild household cleaner and baking soda by mixing to achieve a paste consistency.
2.       Use a stiff nylon bristle brush, scrubbing (approx. 15-20 strokes) the affected area.
3.       Do not scrub so as to damage the surface finish.  Stubborn stains that resist any of the above cleaning methods may require the use of undiluted household bleach or nail polish remover.
4.       Use a cotton ball saturated with bleach or nail polish remover (acetone). Gently rub the stain forup to two minutes.
5.       Rinse thoroughly with warm water and wipe dry using a soft cloth. This step may be repeated if the stain appears to be going away and the color of the laminate has not been affected.

SIDE NOTE: Always rinse laminate surface after cleaning!  Extended exposure to bleach and other cleaning solutions can cause discoloration and damage to the laminate surfaces.

There are countless options to choose from in our Laminate for Countertop inventory at  Our selection of varying patterns and colors can be yours at a price you can celebrate.  Go check out our Laminates and other Cabinet Hardware right now!

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