The VIR Laminate Maintenance Guide: Tips for Laminate Cleaning
The versatile laminates come in multiple designs, colors and textures and are the most widely used surface décor material in interiors for commercial to residential spaces.Laminates are highly durable, easy to install, provide a natural look and feel and are easy to maintain.
Although laminates are not easily scratched or stained and are most popular for kitchens, wall paneling and furniture, they require some bit of attention for an extended period.
Having said that, to keep laminates in their best shape and color for a longer time, it is important to follow some tips for cleaning laminates.
Some “Do’s” to Maintain Laminate Sheets
Clean regularly using a soft cloth
A soft, damp cloth like a soapy sponge or a microfiber is all you need to clean the laminate surface. Avoid using harsh cleaners or scouring pads, as these can scratch and damage the surface. In case there is any kind of stubborn stain or grease on the surface, use mild detergent and rinse the surface thoroughly.
Wipe up spills immediately
If any stains are allowed to sit on the laminate for an extended time, they can seep into the laminate surface and lead to discoloration. Wipe all the stains as soon as they occur.
Use an Appropriate Solvent
If the laminate is particularly dirty having tough stains, use an appropriate solvent such as silicone joint spots and neoprene. Also, avoid applying solvent directly onto the surface rather spray the solvent on the cleaning mop or pad and clean the laminate surface thoroughly with the help of that.
Hot water to clean laminate
Hot water can be an effective cleaner for laminate sheets. It can help to loosen and remove dirt, grime and other contaminants from the surface of the laminate. However, it’s important to use caution when cleaning laminate sheets with hot water, as the heat can cause the material to expand and may cause damage if it is applied too aggressively.
It’s generally best to use a soft cloth or sponge and to apply the hot water gently, rather than scrubbing the surface forcefully.
Also, make sure to dry the laminate thoroughly after cleaning to prevent the formation of water spots on the surface.
Textured laminates required more attention
Laminates with textured finishing require deeper cleaning, depending on the type and level of the texture of the material. Textured laminates compared to non-textured finishing laminates are prone to trapping dirt and other contaminants, which can be more difficult to remove that is why it is important to use a more thorough cleaning method to remove all dirt and grime from the surface of the laminates.
You can use a nylon bristle brush or scrub brush with a recommended cleaning agent to reach into the cervices and textured of the laminate. However, it’s important to be careful when using these methods, as they can also cause damage to the laminate if they are used too aggressively.
Some “Do’s” to Maintain Laminate Sheets
Do not put heated objects directly
Do not place hot dishes or cookware directly on the surface of the laminate. If the laminate is exposed to extreme heat, it can cause the material to expand or contract too rapidly, which can lead to cracking or blistering of the surface. Always use an insulated hot pad or trivet to protect the countertop from the laminates.
Do not use sharp objects over the laminates
It’s generally not a good idea to use the laminate surface as chopping boards, as the surface can be easily damaged by sharp objects such as knives. The use of sharp objects can scratch or cut the laminate, which can be difficult or impossible to repair.
Avoid direct exposure to sunlight
Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight for laminates, as it can cause the laminate to fade or discolour over time. Do not place any furniture covered with laminate sheets facing directly the sunlight as it will damage the color and texture of the laminate.
Avoid using abrasive sponges and strong cleaners
Harmful chemicals present in strong floor cleaners and the use of abrasive sponges can damage the laminate and cause it to become discoloured or fade over time. Instead, you can use a mild detergent or specially formulated laminate cleaner to clean your laminate surface.
Nowadays, huge varieties of laminates are available in the market. At VIR LAMINATE you will get premium surfacing solutions of laminates that bring a legacy of unsurpassed quality and exceptional artistry to the table. Decorative laminates are widely used materials that not only provide visual appeal to any space but enhance safety and hygiene as well.
By following some do’s and don’ts mention above, you can enhance the life of laminates and keep your space elegant and durable for a prolonged period.