Use and Care for Laminate Surfaces
Special Cleaning Recommendations
Residual Glue. Sometimes new decorative laminate has a streaky appearance caused by contact adhesive used during fabrication. Clean with a non-abrasive cotton cloth and an adhesive solvent such as Formica brand Non-flammable contact Adhesive Solvent. Use solvent sparingly, as excessive amounts may delaminate edges. Read and follow all warnings and instructions on labels of all solvent products. Use only hexane or heptane on DecoMetal Collection items.
Paint and Varnish. Remove most oil-based paints, varnishes and lacquers from decorative laminate surfaces with suitable solvent. Read and follow all warnings and instructions on the labels of all solvent products, and remember that most solvents are extremely flammable. Use solvent sparingly, as excessive amounts may delaminate edges. Remove most water-based paints with ammoniated household cleaner. For stubborn paint spots, gently use plastic, non-metallic, non-abrasive pad. Never use steel wool or other abrasive scouring pads.
Stains. To remove or minimize stains, use full strength Fantastik® All Purpose Cleaner, Formula 409®, Pine-Sol® or other mild household cleaner on the affected area, and allow it to draw out the stain. Blot with a clean damp, non-abrasive cotton cloth, and then rinse with clean water. When a recommended cleaner changes it formulation, the change may be harmful to the laminate surface. Formica Corporation cannot be held responsible for these changes. Solvents such as denatured alcohol can also be used. Follow all directions and warnings on the solvent label because many are extremely flammable.
Stubborn or "fugitive" stains that may disappear on their own, after a short time or after repeated cleanings, include:
||coffee and tea stains
Stain which are stubborn or even permanent, and may not disappear, includes:
||cash register inks
||marking pen inks
||food pricing ink
Some materials and liquids, such as dyes and pharmaceutical products, will permanently stain laminate. Examples include:
|Hair dyes and rinses
|| Dermatological tar compounds
These stains may be reduced by applying a paste of baking soda and water on the area to pull out the stain. The paste will be slightly abrasive, so do not rub. Wipe up paste with a clean, damp, non-abrasive cotton cloth, and then rinse with clean water.
Periodic application of a self-cleaning wax can help minimize future staining.