Formica® Laminate: Special Cleaning Recommendations

One of the greatest assets of Formica® Brand products is that they are so easy to maintain – even when disaster strikes in the form of red wine, or a child’s craft project gone awry. Have a stubborn stain on your surface? Let’s discuss methods and tips for deeper cleaning of Formica® Brand products.

Three Steps to Remove Tough Stains

1. Apply a recommended cleanser and allow it to draw out the stain.

  • Acetone
  • Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl)
  • Ethanol

2. Clean using a rotating motion. If a cotton cloth or sponge doesn’t do the trick, try using a nylon-bristle brush.

3. Rinse with water and dry the surface. Remember, it is important to remove all cleanser from the surface

The Baking Soda Method for Removing Tough Stains

For tough, set in stains, try using the baking soda method. Apply a paste of baking soda and water on the area to pull out the stain. Wipe up the dried paste with a clean, damp non-abrasive cotton cloth, and rinse clean with water. Be aware that the baking soda-water paste will be slightly abrasive, so it is important not to rub the paste into the laminate surface.

Periodic application of a self-cleaning wax can also help minimize future staining.

Removing Glue, Paint, and Varnish

Sometimes, new decorative laminate can have a streaky appearance caused by contact adhesive used during fabrication. Clean with a non-abrasive cotton cloth and an adhesive solvent. Use solvent sparingly, as excessive amounts may delaminate edges.

Super Glue can be removed with acetone. Follow all warnings and instructions on the labels of all solvent products, as most solvents are extremely flammable.

Most oil-based paints, varnishes and lacquers can be removed from decorative laminate surfaces with a suitable solvent. Read and follow all warnings and instructions on the labels of all solvent products, as most solvents are extremely flammable. And remember; use solvents sparingly, as excessive amounts may delaminate edges.

Most water-based paints can be removed with an ammoniated household cleaner. For stubborn paint spots, gently use a plastic, non-metallic, non-abrasive pad. Never use steel wool or other abrasive scouring pads

Formica® Solid Surfacing

Formica® Solid Surfacing is non-porous and easy to clean.

For everyday cleaning, wipe clean with a damp cloth or sponge, along with a mild detergent.

For stubborn stains, Soft Scrub® or bleach works well. Solid surfacing sinks can be scrubbed with Comet®, Ajax®, or Scotch-Brite®.

 

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