ALL ABOUT LAMINATE COUNTERTOPS
Laminate countertops are a great choice for a new kitchen, bathroom, or a remodel of both. With so many different options available for installation, and with a great cost efficiency, it’s easy to see why so many people choose laminate countertops. However, they do come with a certain amount of care and maintenance, and you should have a good idea of what color or style you want installed so that you can get the most enjoyment out of your countertops as possible. If you are having these countertops installed, give this article a read to learn about laminate countertops, their care, and the choices available.
MAINTENANCE FOR LAMINATE COUNTERTOPS
Laminate countertops are great because they are generally low maintenance. While there is some basic care to these countertops, you don’t have to spend as much time on their upkeep as you would other materials. Another added benefit? Laminate countertops are non-porous, so they are bacteria resistant. While it is possible for bacteria to grow within the seams of the countertops, they are resistant to growing in the actual material itself.
For daily cleaning, a simple mixture of warm water and a few drops of dish soap is great. Clean the countertops with this mixture and a soft cloth to get rid of any daily residue and then rinse thoroughly with clean water. It is extremely important to thoroughly rinse the countertops as prolonged water or soap exposure can cause damage to the sealant.
Is there a stain on your beautiful new laminate countertops? Avoid using any harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaning pads, as these can cause serious damage to the countertops. If a stain befalls your countertops, simply mix a 3:1 mixture of baking soda and water and apply the paste to the stain for 5 minutes. After this time period, you can gently scrub away the stain and paste with a non-abrasive pad. Make sure to rinse thoroughly, as you don’t want any prolonged exposure to baking soda either.