How to care for your solid core laminate worktop

Solid core laminate worktops are a perfect option if you’re looking for a stylish, sleek, and durable product for your kitchen. Whether you’re a homeowner, a DIY enthusiast, or both, knowing how to care for a solid core laminate worktop couldn’t be easier!

The main benefits you’ll get with a solid core worktop include increased durability, waterproofing, and heat resistance. Plus, solid core worktops are simple to clean and care for, making them the perfect choice for many busy families! Here are a few expert tips on how to increase the longevity of your solid core worktop.

 

Cleaning

Keeping your kitchen surfaces clean is essential for maintaining excellent hygiene. One of the biggest selling points of solid core laminate (arguably all laminate worktops) is that they’re simple and easy to clean.

Here’s what you’ll need: dish soap, a microfibre cloth, a dry cloth, a bucket or bowl, and warm water.

To get the best results when cleaning your solid core laminate worktop, remember to clear the area and wipe off any dust with a lint-free cloth.

Once you’ve done that, create a cleaning solution of warm water with a small amount of dish soap in a bowl or bucket (no more than you’d use for a sink of dishes). Then, using your microfibre cloth (so as not to damage the surface) dunk it in the bucket and wring out any excess water. Wipe your laminate worktop down in a circular motion starting from one of the corners.

Simply repeat this until you’ve wiped down the entire worktop. Once the entire surface has been cleaned you can follow that with a dry cloth, which will help get rid of any residual water and soap residue. Sorted!

 

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Maintenance

Since solid core laminate doesn’t require much in the way of maintenance, you can focus on preventative steps to increase the longevity of your worktop. Here are three preventative practices we recommend to help you ensure your solid core worktop stays looking as pristine as the day it was installed!

Firstly, it’s not a bad idea to consider using counter protectors (silicone or cloth) for hot pans and trays to prevent scratching and damage to your worktop. If you don’t have counter protectors you can simply keep hot pans on the stove until they’ve cooled off.

Secondly, using a chopping board or mat is great for protecting your surfaces from knife abrasions or cuts. Micro-abrasions in the surface of your worktop can lead to bacteria and dirt accumulating in them (in addition to making them more difficult to clean).

Thirdly, it’s worth using soft microfibre cloths to clean your worktops instead of scrubbing pads. The latter can create micro-scratches in your worktop, which can make it more difficult to clean in the future.

If you do have a chip or scratch, the best thing you can do is repair it quickly using a laminate worktop chip repair kit! Pop by our store if you need advice or help to select the right product for your laminate worktop – our friendly team are always happy to help!

At Savoy Timber, we’ve got an amazing range of worktops for you to choose from and you can browse our selection online and have it delivered to your door. Or if you want to see them up close you can visit any of our conveniently located DIY stores in PrestonWigan, and Blackpool, where our friendly members of staff are always happy to lend a hand!