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HIGH PRESSURE LAMINATE (HPL)

8 December, 2011  

 

(FORMICA/LAMINEX/PRIME LAMINATE/WILSONART)

Maintenance and Care

  • Avoid scourers and abrasives as they will damage the surface.
  • Don’t place hot objects, electrical appliances or pots straight from the oven or cooker onto your HPL surface.
  • Don’t cut on the HPL surface.
  • Keep waxes and polishes well away as they dull the natural shine.
  • Do not use strongly acidic, alkaline cleaners or bleach for normal cleaning as these might etch the surface.

STREAKS

Streaky marks sometimes show on dark colours after cleaning. An all- purpose cleaner such as Windex spray cleaner or Ajax Spray n Wipe usually removes them.

GREASE

Using a mild dishwashing detergent in water will remove greasy marks.
Dab, wait and wipe away. Finish with an all-purpose cleaner such as Windex spray cleaner or Ajax Spray n Wipe.

SPILLS

HPL surfaces resist staining from most household chemicals. With some accidental spills however, prompt action is essential. Wipe off beetroot,
grape and berry juices, first aid preparations, concentrated bleach, oven cleaners, dishwasher detergents, artificial dyes, hair colouring and solvent based pen ink immediately. Specialty glues such as Super Glue must also be removed straight away with acetone (nail polish remover).

STAINS

If the stain won’t budge with Extra Strength Windex, try methylated spirits or dab the stain with a diluted bleach mixture (1 part bleach to 8 parts
water), leave for 3 minutes then wash off with water and dry. Finish off with Extra Strength Windex. Only as a last resort if a stain persists try 2 or 3 rubs with a crème cleanser or white toothpaste, wash and dry. Please note that bleach or these abrasive cleaners may irreversibly damage the laminate surface.

SCRATCHES

HPL surfaces will withstand normal wear and tear, but can be damaged by scratching or cutting with utensils, knives and unglazed pottery.
Darker colours will show scratches more readily than lighter colours. In general dark colours and high gloss surfaces require more care and maintenance than lighter colours or lower gloss colours. To minimise scratching, always place and lift objects from the surface – never drag or slide them across the surface.