Use and Care
for Laminate Surfaces

Protecting the Surface:

Before selecting the surface material, consider the type of use it will receive, as well as its texture, color, and reflective values. A rough-textured surface has different advantages, depending upon use, than a smooth-textured surface. High gloss finish laminates and DecoMetal Collection items, for example, are not recommended for use in heavy-duty applications such as countertops.

Scratch and Impact Protection. Formica brand laminates and ColorCore surfacing materials are resistant to scratches and impacts under normal use conditions.

Use cutting boards, chopping blocks, or other protective surfaces.
• Do not chop, slice, pound, or hammer on any laminate surface.
• Knives or other sharp utensils may slice or scratch the surface.
• Heavy blows from a hammer or meat tenderizer may crack or gouge the surface.

Use place mates, doilies, and trivets on laminate surfaces when necessary.
• Ceramics and abrasive objects can cause scratching and premature wear — do not slide these items across surface.

Follow recommendations for cleaning — do not use abrasive cleaners, powders, steel wool, sandpaper, or Scotch-Brite® scouring pads (see cleaning section below).

Hot Objects. Cookware still hot from the stove or oven, as well as electric skillets, waffle irons, curling irons and hot rollers, should not be placed directly on laminate surfaces. Prolonged exposure to temperatures of 140ºF (60ºC) or higher may cause the laminate to separate from core material.

Use a trivet, insulated hot pad or other protective device beneath all hot cookware, heat generating appliances, or other heated objects.
• Formica brand laminates and ColorCore surfacing material can withstand heat up to 275ºF (135ºC) for short periods of time.
• Never expose DecoMetal Collection items to heat exceeding 140ºF (60ºC).

Avoid ironing or placing a hot iron on laminate surfaces. Do not place lighted cigarettes directly on laminate surfaces.