Laminate worktops have a lot of strengths – not only are they easy to clean, but they’re available in a wide range of styles, and they can make your kitchen look fantastic given the right level of care. We’ve collected some of the best ways to ensure that your kitchen worktops are always looking their best.
Generally, your laminate worktop is surprisingly resistant, especially against water – a known enemy of solid wood worktops. However, the adhesive in your laminate worktops is still vulnerable to water damage, which means they the joints, cut outs, edges and undersides should all be carefully and effectively sealed. (Our experts at Savoy are on hand to help you with that – we expertly finish and seal every worktop we install, allowing you to rest easy in the knowledge that your laminate worktop is safe from water damage). Even once your worktop is sealed, you should still make sure to wipe and dry it regularly so that you don’t have any excess liquid or moisture on the surface, which might still have the potential to damage.
Your laminate worktop is also heat resistant up to a point, but it’s still best to save it from unnecessary exposure to extreme temperatures wherever you can. Don’t put down your pans or trays fresh from the hob or oven, as the heat can partially melt or mark your laminate. You don’t want to lift up the pan again only to see some of your worktop come with it! Luckily, it’s fairly easy to avoid this sort of damage as long as you get into the habit early – always put some protection down between your pans and worktop. It doesn’t have to be anything specially designed for the purpose – even a simple tea towel will do the trick.
The great thing about laminate kitchen worktops is that they can withstand a lot of casual bumps and scrapes, which is good news especially if you have children running round the house. Having said that, though, they don’t do quite so well against direct strikes from sharp knives or other utensils. Mostly, these impacts occur when cutting or slicing food without the use of chopping boards or similar protective measures, so we’d definitely recommend using these when preparing your meals in order to avoid unnecessary damage to your kitchen worktop.
The ease of cleaning is another great strength of laminate worktops. They’re highly resistant to most accidents and spills, including household chemicals, as long as the worktop is cleaned in a timely fashion. While we’re on the topic, by the way, all it takes is some warm water and a mild detergent. It’s not a good idea to use abrasive cleaners like scouring powders or wire wool pads, as these can cause permanent damage.
As long as you follow these simple tips, your laminate kitchen worktops should give you many long years of service. Now that you’re clued up on how to take care of them, what style will you choose for your kitchen? You can take advantage of our expert fabrication service to achieve the exact look you want.
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