The surface of your laminate worktop is water resistant, however, the core material and adhesive used in the construction, won’t be. When your kitchen worktop was fitted, the joints, edges and cuts-outs for sinks etc. should have been adequately sealed to protect them.
You should plan to wipe down and dry your worktops on a regular basis to avoid moisture getting into any of the joints or down any edges or cut out areas.
Whilst your laminate work surface should be heat resistant you should always place a trivet or suitable place mat or cutting board on your work-surface before setting down pans which have come direct from the oven or hob. If you don’t do this, you increase the Chance of the surface lamination lifting. If you are a smoker, don’t rest lit cigarettes on the counter as they will discolour it.
Though laminated worktops are very resistant to normal wear and tear, it is quite possible to scratch the surfaces so don’t chop your vegetables directly on the top, use a chopping board.
Laminated work-surfaces are fairly resistant to most chemicals around the house, but you do need to take care. In particular watch out for strongly coloured foods such as beetroot which may cause discolouration, also, avoid using bleach directly on the surface.
Clean your worktop regularly cleaning using warm water and a mild detergent and where necessary, a non-abrasive cleaner. Don’t use scouring powders, bleach products, oven cleaners or abrasive pads.
Article provided by Milton Keynes Kitchen Installers, Build My Kitchen