Laminate Care

Cleaning Tips:

Please see notes of caution below before attempting cleaning.

  1. To clean the surface, use a damp cloth or sponge and a mild soap or detergent.
  2. Difficult stains such as coffee or tea can be removed using a mild household cleaner and baking soda, missed together to achieve a past consistency. Use a stiff nylon brush to scrub the affected area.
  3. Stubborn stains that resist any of the above cleaning methods may require the use of nail polish remover. Use a cotton ball saturated with nail polish remover (acetone) to gently rub the stain for up to two minutes. 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.

Recommended Cleaners

  Clorox
  Formula 409
  Dawn
  Glass Plus
  Fantastik
  Dow Bathroom Cleaner with Scrubbing Bubbles
  Windex
  Lestoi
  Pledge
  Grease Relief
  Lysol Disinfectant Basin/Tub/Tile Cleaner
  Mr. Clean
  Top Job

Damaging Cleaners

Cleaners that can cause damage to the laminate surface are (but not limited to):
  Chemical Ingredient
  Hydrochloric Acid
  Sulfuric Acid
  Phosphoric Acid
  Sodium Hydroxide
  Muriatic Acid
  Oleic Acid
  Pumic
  Caustic Soda, Caustic Lye, Soda Lye

Note of Caution

  1. Prolonged exposure of the laminate surface to acetone will cause discoloration. Always rinse laminate surfaced after cleaning. Failure to rinse after leaning can cause damage, even if only 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.
  2. Acidic or abrasive cleaners can damage laminate surfaces – do not use them. Drain cleaners containing lye will permanently damage the laminate surface. If you spill drain cleaner, wipe it up immediately and rinse server times with water.
  3. Hair, textile and food dyes can cause permanent stains. If dye is spilled or laminated, wipe up immediately with dishwashing detergent or an all-purpose cleaner. Wipe spills away property and rinse several times with water.
  4. Rust removers contain harsh chemicals, which will quickly cause permanent damage. If a spill occurs, wipe off all residues immediately, wash thoroughly with soapy water and rinse several times.
  5. Steel wool and other abrasive pads will damage the laminate surface. Do not use theme for cleaning and do not store steel wool pads on your laminate and the metal and rust and leave stains.
  6. Toilet bowl cleaners contain harsh chemicals that can cause permanent damage. If a spill occurs, wipe it up immediately, wash the surface with soapy water and rinse several times.
  7. Remember, sharp objects can damage the surface of any laminate: marring its beauty and lowering wear and stain resistance. Although high-pressure laminates are somewhat resistant to scratching, the surface can be damaged even under normal use. Laminate may need occasional dusting depending on where it is used. To keep the surface beautiful, use an oil free furniture spray. Remember to clean the spray off several times a year to prevent build up. Furniture polish may also help hide fin scratching in the surface.
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