Protecting the Surface
Before selecting the surface material that's right for you, consider how you'll be using it, in addition to its texture, color, and reflective values. A rough-textured surface has different advantages, depending upon use, than a smooth-textured surface. For example, high-gloss finish laminates are not recommended for use in heavy-duty applications such as countertops. Dark colors tend to enhance scratches, marring and fingerprints.
Scratch and Impact Protection
Formica® Laminate is resistant to scratches and impacts under normal use conditions.
Use cutting boards, chopping blocks, or other protective surfaces.
Do not chop, slice, pound, or hammer on any laminate surface.
Knives or other sharp utensils may slice or scratch the surface.
Heavy blows from a hammer or meat tenderizer may crack or gouge the surface.
Use place mats, doilies, and trivets on laminate surfaces when necessary.
Follow recommendations for cleaning – do not use abrasive cleaners, steel wool, sandpaper, or Scotch-Brite® scouring pads. Visit our Cleaning page for more details.