Laminate countertops are probably the most popular kitchen countertop. It’s a synthetic material consisting of several layers. The layers are made of multiple sheets of kraft paper, a decorative paper and a melamine plastic coating. Solid-color laminate is also on the market and is made of a colored plastic throughout.
Laminate countertops offer many wonderful benefits to consumers. For starters, they are available in hundreds of colors and patterns with a variety of finishes. In fact, some of the designs are made to resemble the look of hardwood, natural stone, and solid surface countertops. In addition to the virtually endless design styles, laminate is also easy to maintain, impact resistant, and reasonably priced.
On the downside, laminates are often easily damaged and difficult to repair because they are made in layers. The layers lead to possible damages resulting when water gets under the layers and causes them to break apart. Additional drawbacks include the surface being damaged easily by sharp objects and visible dark lines on the edges resulting from the layers of kraft paper. The dark lines can be minimized if you use a decorative material to trim it.
When is comes to cleaning, laminate countertops typically require a damp cloth and mild soap for small stains, and a paste from baking soda and a mild household cleaner for tougher stains. Avoid using abrasive cleaning pads to wipe messes up. Your best bet is to use a nylon bristle brush. For the best results, follow your manufacturer's specific instructions.