A laminate countertop is constructed from two or more layers of material joined together, usually factory-produced with a single thin sheet of laminate curved and glued over medium-density fiberboard, or other similar base material. Laminate countertops are designed to slightly overhang standard kitchen base cabinets, which allow a convenient reach to objects at the back of the countertop. They often contain some sort of integrated backsplash to prevent spilled liquids from dripping behind the cabinets. Factory-made "miter-cut" pieces are also available, allowing the easy production of "inside corners".
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Protecting Your Laminate Surface
Laminate comes in a variety of colours, patterns, textures and finishes, including matte, honed, etched and gloss. High gloss laminates are not recommended for use in heavy-duty applications, such as countertops. When cutting, chopping, or using meat tenderizers, we recommend that you use a chopping block, cutting board or another protective surface.
Do not place hot objects directly on laminate. Prolonged exposure to high temperatures may cause the laminate to separate from the core material. Use an insulated hot pad, trivet, or other protective device beneath all hot objects.
Care and Maintenance of Laminate
To clean the laminate surfaces, use a damp cloth or sponge and a mild soap or detergent. Difficult stains, such as coffee or tea, can be removed using a mild cleaner and a soft bristled brush, repeating if necessary. If a stain persists use a paste of baking soda and water and lightly scrub with a soft bristled brush.
Steel wool and other abrasive pads will damage laminate, as will acidic or abrasive cleaners. You should also be cautious when using drain cleaner, oven cleaners, dyes or other abrasive chemicals over your counter, wiping up any spills immediately.
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