Formica Laminate Care Guide
Most spills wipe away with a damp cloth or Mr. Muscle Glass & Surface Cleaner. Rubbing gently with a dry, clean cloth brings back the brightness. With a few sensible precautions, you and your Formica laminate surface will spend a long and happy life together.
General Care - Do’s and Don’ts
- Avoid scourers and abrasives - they will damage the surface.
- Don’t place hot objects, electrical appliances or pots straight from the oven/cooker onto your Formica laminate surface.
- Don’t cut on the Formica laminate surface.
- Do keep waxes and polishes well away - they dull the natural shine.
Streaky marks sometimes show on dark colours after cleaning. Mr. Muscle Glass & Surface Cleaner spray usually removes them.
Formica laminate surfaces resist staining from most household chemicals. With some accidental spills however, prompt action is essential. Wipe off beetroot, grape and berry juices, first aid preparations and concentrated bleach immediately. Speciality glues such as Super Glue must also be removed immediately with acetone (nail polish remover). Note: Some solvent-based texture pens may leave permanent marks unless removed immediately.
If the stain won’t budge with Mr. Muscle Glass & Surface Cleaner, try methylated spirits or 2 or 3 light rubs with a creme cleanser. As a last resort, dab the stain with a diluted bleach mixture (1 part bleach to 8 parts water); leave for 3 minutes then remove. Finish off with Mr. Muscle Glass & Surface Cleaner. Please note that this process may bleach the laminate surface.
Formica laminate surfaces will withstand normal wear and tear, but can be damaged by scratching or cutting with utensils, knives and unglazed pottery. Darker colours will show scratches more readily than lighter colours. In general, dark colours and high gloss surfaces require more care and maintenance than lighter colours and lower gloss. To minimise scratching, always place and lift objects from the surface - never drag or slide them across the surface.
Specific Product Care - Formica Solid Colour & Pattern Laminates Velour & Gloss Finish
A damp cloth removes spills and greasy spots. Rub with a clean, dry cloth to bring back brightness. Occasionally clean with warm soapy water. To remove heavy build-up of dirt use Mr. Muscle Glass & Surface Cleaner.
Specific Product Care - Formica Metal Laminates Metallic Finish
Wipe off spills or marks promptly with a soft cloth and warm soapy water. Never use abrasive cleaners, even those in liquid form, as they will impair the surface. Also never use solvents on metallic laminates.
Specific Product Care - Formica Melteca Decorated Board
A damp cloth removes spills and greasy spots. Rub with a clean, dry cloth to bring back brightness. Occasionally clean with warm soapy water. To remove heavy build-up of dirt use mild glass spray cleaner.
Counter Top Magic
Formica recommend ‘Counter Top Magic’ which is available to purchase from www.axminster.co.uk