Isn’t it true that the beautiful granite and quartz countertops caught your attention when you went shopping for worktops? However, you still decided to choose laminate over all the rest of stunning options? Do you remember why? That’s because it’s offered sturdiness and attractive designs like the other options but at a pocket-friendly price!
If you considered laminate worktops to be a maintenance-free option, then let us remind you that everything requires a little TLC, and so does laminate. Since laminate countertops are giving your kitchen an uber appeal, here’s how you can keep them looking stunning for longer.
1. Clean it
The first step to efficient maintenance is to ensure cleanliness. You can’t expect the desired results by cleaning your worktops twice or thrice a week. We understand that you have a whole house to clean, but you cannot skip on your kitchen tops. Get rid of any food residue as soon as you spot it. Use quality and eco-friendly cleaning solutions to maintain the beauty of the laminate and reduce the need for replacements. Also, avoid using steel wool as it can tarnish the laminate surface. You can use a soft-bristled brush or cloth to clean the countertop to perfection.
Natural stain removal
While you can use a professional cleaner to get rid of the stains, you can also give a natural cleaner a go. A mixture of baking soda and vinegar can do wonders for you. You can also use a combination of water and citrus oil. Such a mixture will clean even the toughest stains. Try to stick with natural cleaning solutions and home-made remedies if you want to enjoy your laminate timber benchtops for several years.
2. Protect it
Along with cleaning your laminate surfaces, you have to treat it well too. You cannot be careless with your hot cooking pans or sharp kitchen instruments if you plan on using the same benchtop for a prolonged time.
While you might be tempted to use it for cutting vegetables or meat, purchase a chopping board and keep it handy to resist the temptation. Also, invest in potholders and mats to avoid keeping searing hot cooking vessels directly on the countertop.
3. Repair it
Let’s talk about the repairs now. Well, if you take care of the steps mentioned above, you won’t have to worry about this one. However, if you weren’t careful enough, then repairs are mandatory.
The thing with laminate timber benchtop surfaces is that the laminate layer is highly vulnerable to all sorts of damage. Once damaged, it’s also pretty difficult to repair. Make sure that you keep water away from the surface and wipe off any spills as soon as you notice them. If you see any swelling of the laminate, get it checked right away.
A little love and care with your laminate countertops can go a long way. Follow these tips routinely and keep your laminate worktops looking impeccable always!