Laminate worktops

Laminate worktops

Laminate worktops are a counter top made specific for use as a kitchen worktop. They are made from high-density chipboard; plywood or MDF, coated in a plastic laminate. They are probably the most popular worktops widely used and cheapest.

Laminate worktops

Laminate worktopsPicture © Daniel Graves Photography. 2013. SHOWS: SOLID SURFACING COMPANYLaminate

Advantages

  • Affordability – Fairly inexpensive.
  • Durable.
  • Low Maintenance.
  • Safe Surface.
  • Wide variety of colours.
  • Stain resistant.
  • Easy to install on-site.

Disadvantages:

  • Noticeable joints in corners.
  • If damaged would need replacing.
  • No resistance to heat.
  • No complete resistance to scratches and cracks.
  • Cannot be repaired.
Care for laminate worktops:

Steam can damage in particularly where dishwasher door is. Excess water should be wiped off.
Clean with damp cloth using mild soapy solution.
Tea coffee stains should be cleaned off immediately to prevent builds up.
Don’t leave bleach laying on the worktop it might soften the laminate and causes damage or discoloration. But mild bleach can be used to remove stubborn tea or coffee stains but should be rinsed off and dried immediately.
Don’t apply polish; also do not cut objects directly on the worktop always use a chopping board.
Don’t rest hot pans on laminate worktop, they only resist to 180 degrees.
Organic solutions such as Accetone, ethyle alcohol 10% vinegar solution or citric acid can be used to remove marks such as ink or lime scale. Normal domestic aggressive cleaning product shouldn’t be used.
High gloss worktop shows scratches more easily than textured surfaces therefore we do not recommend it.