Dust seems futile and casually harmless, right? Not right. Furniture and other laminate layered surfaces should be regularly dusted with a rough cloth or a duster. You can also choose a microfiber cloth for better output. Corners which are difficult to reach can be cleaned using nylon dusters with smaller bristles or using a toothbrush. Nothing feels 100% clean and safe unless cleaned with at least a little water. Laminate layers can be wiped once a week using a damp cloth. But too much water can spoil the laminates by collection of moisture between the laminate layers.
Between kids and pets and kitchen spills, who remembers cleaning, right? Then try to cover it up! Use coasters and transparent table covers wherever possible. This can prevent direct contact of liquids with the laminates. You can also purchase surface and countertop coatings for the same. Never place pots and pans removed from the stove or oven directly onto the laminate surface.
Got a nice bottle of high bleach cleanser? Unfortunately, that won’t do your surfaces any good. Many commercial products contain substances that may damage or discolor the laminates. Mild household glass and surface cleaners in smaller portions are advisable. The following should never come in direct contact with your surfaces; if they do, wipe off immediately and rinse the surface thoroughly:
- Coffee pot cleaners
- Drain cleaners
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Oven cleaners
- Rust removers
- Toilet bowl cleaners
- Any other product containing high portions of chemicals
Sunlight tans our skin, but it fades your laminates. Sunlight tends to cause fading and crumpling of designs.
Scrubbers made of bad plastic or metal can lead to scratches on your surfaces. Scratches destroy your designs.
Polishing your laminates can lead to residue and major permanent damage on the designs. It can also lead to permanently trapping the grease. Remember, laminates are not made by real wood. You can always get your hands-on Dolby Mica’s High Gloss laminates for a polished finish.
Although decorative laminates are heat resistant to an extent, prolonged exposure to temperatures over 135oC (275o F) may cause blistering or other damages to your surfaces. These pads and/or trivets absorb all heat. Hence saving your laminates from getting damaged
Coffee and tea spills are common at home or work spaces. In moments of urgent deadlines or tea time with friends, these spills are inevitable. Prefer using coasters for the same.
In case of spills on kitchen surfaces, clean the surface immediately with a damp cloth.
Heat producing kitchens appliances like coffee makers and toaster ovens should not be placed beneath cabinets. Excess heat and moisture from these appliances can damage laminates on cabinets.
In case of major damages, there is no option but to replace that sheet of laminate with a new one. After all, they can only take so much of our everyday life drips, damages and stains!
Hope these tips and DIYs help you save your delicate but beautiful laminates from harm’s way. Try to follow these techniques and your laminates will live for longer! In case you require any information or have questions, contact us by clicking below.
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