Cleaning GuidesHow to Clean a Kitchen Thoroughly – Checklist
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Laminate is durable and easy to maintain, which makes it a good kitchen countertop material. This doesn’t mean that it won’t still need special cares to remain shiny and presentable.
But how do you properly maintain your laminate benchtop and prolong its lifespan?
Do not skip cleaning, that’s lesson number one. Keep reading to learn more, like how to tackle the different stains and cope with nasty scratches.
Laminate is a very popular choice when it comes to kitchen countertops and that’s no surprise. As a synthetic product, laminate is more cost-effective in comparison to materials like granite or marble. It is also considerably more durable and fairly resistant to staining.
There is one catch, though. If not removed right away, certain liquids and food can permanently stain the material. This could be a real problem, especially for white and light-coloured laminate, as yellowing is possible over time. In addition, laminate could easily be damaged by sharp objects and hot ones, which are placed or dragged along the surface.
Laminate benchtops have a nice and shiny look which, unfortunately, won’t last without your help. If you want to preserve the surface, here is what you need to remember:
Spills are impossible to avoid, but it’s good that there are natural solutions to get even the most stubborn stains out. Keep in mind, though, that in case of severe damage to the material, getting the stains out may not possible and investing in new laminate may be the only option.
Turmeric stains are among the toughest to beat. The yellow powder can colour just about anything and it doesn’t need long to do it, too. To effectively remove turmeric stains from the kitchen countertop, you can try the following steps:
Baking soda has a whitening effect and can help you effectively remove other cooking marks from the stained laminate counter in no time. If the stain is still visible, try the same process a few more times, leaving the baking soda on for a while longer.
If not cleaned properly, you risk spreading the grease all over the counter, making the surface look smudgy. Acidic cleaners break down these types of stains immediately and you have the best eco-friendly alternative right in your home. Freshly squeezed lemon juice, white vinegar or tea tree/eucalyptus oil are some options you can test.
Option 1: Lemon or white vinegar can destroy grease build-up immediately and you can add warm water to the mixture for higher efficiency.
Option 2: Add 5-10 drops (the more drops, the stronger the cleaner) of tea tree or eucalyptus oil to a bowl of warm water. Take a microfibre cloth, dip it into the solution and clean the greasy area. You can use the same cleaning solution for general cleaning and polishing of the laminate countertop. The essential oils kill bacteria and evaporate within minutes.
It’s hard to imagine that enjoying a cup of your favourite hot drink in the morning can get you into cleaning troubles, but it happens. You can get coffee or tea stain out of the laminate benchtop quickly with two products:
Apply a little bit of the toothpaste OR the hydrogen peroxide on a clean cloth and rub it into the stained area. Afterwards, rinse the laminate clean.
Instead of trying to scrape the wax stain off with a knife and risk damaging the laminate surface, you can try a simple trick:
Freshening up the kitchen’s interior through painting is a great idea, however, it may have some unpleasant consequences. Paint stains are easy to spot on laminate and old stains can be a real challenge to get off.
The first thing you need to do is determine the type of paint. Water-based paint is easy to erase with just a regular multi-purpose cleaner. To get tougher paint stains off laminate countertops, resort to products like a paint removing solvent (paint thinner). As for marker stains, they can be treated directly with nail polish remover.
It is normal for a scratch or two to appear on your laminate benchtop over time and the darker the colour the more visible the scratch. Here is what measures you can take:
Thoroughly clean and dry the surface.
Get a laminate repairing product, there is a big variety in the form of a paste that can work well (make sure that the colour matches the colour of your benchtop).
Spread the paste over the scratch with a spatula or another tool you have.
Let the paste dry overnight.
Clean the benchtop and make the laminate shine again by applying a polishing product.
Contact a professional today!