In most cases, all that is required to maintain the original appearance of your laminate counter tops is wiping it with a damp, non-abrasive cotton cloth and a mild liquid detergent or household cleaner. Simply rinse with clean water, using a clean, non-abrasive cotton cloth. Do not flood the laminate, especially near the seams, since the water can penetrate and cause the substrate to swell It is important that after each cleaning step, the surface of the laminate is rinsed with warm water and wiped with a dry cloth. This step prevents the buildup of cleaning agent on the laminate surface. Residual cleaning agent can be reactivated with moisture from a wet plate or cup. If this reactivated cleaning agent remains on the surface of the laminate it can damage the counter top surface.
Don’t let them burn!
Laminate counters by their nature can be damaged by particularly hot items. Do not place hot pots and pans directly on their surface. Instead, use hotplates, hot pads or even heavy towels to protect the surface.
Make sure not to cut directly on the surface of laminate counters. Use cutting boards, stones or plates instead to protect the finish and surface of the counters.
Be careful with water.
Too much water flooded onto a laminate counter top can cause problems with the seams. If water gets inside, the substrate can swell and ruin the appearance of the counter tops.
Don’t use harsh chemicals.
Harsh chemicals that have acid in the mix do not go well with laminates. Avoid using them on or near these counters. Don’t use such things as Draino, stainless cleaners, ceramic cleaners and rust and lime removers.