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Concise Guide for Laminate Countertop Maintenance and Care

Laminate counters are plastic, so they are non-porous and very easy to clean. Here are a few tips for laminate kitchen countertop care that will keep yours looking good for many years.

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Daily Care of Laminate Countertops

Keep these tips in mind as you enjoy your new, great-looking counters:

  • Always use a cutting board when cutting and chopping food
  • Never remove a pan from the oven or pot from the stove and place it directly on the laminate counter
  • Make use of hot pads and trivets for hot pots and pans
  • Keep hot hair tools away from laminate
  • Place paper towel on countertops near the cooktop when frying foods to keep hot grease off the laminate
  • Never use solvents on your countertops

Cleaning Laminate Kitchen Countertops

For most cleanups, a damp paper towel or cloth is sufficient. Laminate has no pores, so food and bacteria doesn’t get trapped in its surface. It’s a great surface for making bread dough and other food prep steps. Follow these laminate kitchen countertop cleaning tips for best results:

  • Use a cleaner formulated for laminate such as Formula 409, Lysol All-Purpose, Simple Green, Weiman Cleaner or Windex Multi-Surface Cleaner
  • Avoid abrasive cleaners, even soft scrub types
  • Use a textured wash cloth and mild detergent to remove oil and sticky residue
  • Rinse away soap residue, so it won’t cloud the surface of laminate
  • Don’t use bleach on laminate
  • If food dries on the countertop, moisten it with water or cleaner, and wipe if off when it softens

Removing Stains from Laminate

If your countertop does stain, make a mixture of 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Carefully spread the 3:1 mix over the stain, and let it sit for five minutes. The paste will absorb some or all of the stain. Gently wipe away the baking soda paste. Take care not to use it as a scrub, since it might damage the laminate surface.

Laminate Countertop Maintenance and Care FAQ

This laminate countertop care Q&A will help you keep your kitchen countertops looking awesome.

Does laminate have to be sealed?

No. It’s a durable plastic finish that never needs to be sealed.

Can plastic laminate be marred?

Yes, so don’t scrub it, use harsh cleansers on it or work with solvents near it. Because it is plastic, it cannot be sanded or polished to restore luster.

Can chips and scratches be repaired?

Sometimes they can be repaired quite successfully. See our Laminate Countertop Repair Guide for creative ways to make damage disappear.

I want a low-maintenance countertop, but don’t prefer laminate. What other options do I have?

Other countertop materials that are easy to keep looking great are quartz, porcelain, glass, stainless steel and solid surface countertops. See our Countertop Guides for each of these materials.

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