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How To Maintain Laminate Surfaces

Laminated surfaces and sheeted designs have become extremely common in all living spaces, and a larger number of people have started to opt for laminated surfaces, due to the wood lamination sheets price in Pakistan being highly convenient and considerably affordable as compared to other options. They are a popular choice due to their affordability, versatility, and the easy to maintain design. Homeowners use them to laminate their countertops,  their cabinets, or their furniture. Proper care is always needed in order to maintain their beauty and shine. In this article, we will explore the different kinds of laminated surfaces like high gloss, matte, wood grain, and how homeowners may be able to maintain the textured surfaces.

General Maintenance

Before we venture into the more specific texture and finishes maintenance section, we need to consider the maintenance of simple laminated sheets. There are a few general tips that need to be considered: 

Regular Cleaning
One of the most important things to remember is staying regular. Try to go through all the laminated surfaces once a week with a soft cloth or a microfiber cloth. Simply wet the cloth, and rub it on the laminated surface. For stubborn stains, you can use a bit of mild detergent without any chemicals. 

No Harsh Chemicals
One of the worst things that can happen to laminated surfaces is the usage of harsh chemicals. Harsh chemicals are able to strip the shiny layer on top of laminated surfaces, and cause damage to them. Avoid any harsh chemicals, and opt for gentle cleaning instead.

Protective Measures
Make sure to use protective measures like coaster, cutting boards, or trivets in order to minimize any kind of damage, like dents, cuts, or any scratches on the laminated surface. When using heavier objects, make sure to put some sort of furniture glides, to minimize scratches or burns.

Moisture Management
Laminated surfaces can be susceptible to long-term moisture, so it is best to wipe away any spills as soon as possible. It would be unwise to let any spills stay on the laminated surface for a long time. Use a dry towel or a cloth to absorb any moisture. 

Let us now explore the different kinds of textures and how to maintain the specific texture:

Wood Grain Laminate

Gentle Cleaning
Try to stay gentle at all times, and use a microfiber mop to clean the surfaces at all times. Avoid the usage of detergent as much as possible, and use it only for stubborn stains. Try to clean any moisture as soon as possible.

Avoid Abrasive Tools
When cleaning the wood, laminate surfaces, try to avoid any abrasive tools and scouring pads, as they can damage the finish and shine of the wooden laminated surface. Try using gentle, cleaning tools only and do not damage any of the grain patterns.

Protective Measures
Try to place some sort of padding under any heavy object that you are going to place on the laminated surface. Avoid dragging any kind of furniture, or heavy object on the countertops with wood laminate, so do not damage the wood grain patterns.

High-Gloss Laminate

Microfiber Only
Make sure you are using a microfiber cloth only to clean the surface, as any other harsher cloth can damage the shine and luster on top of the laminate surface. Microfiber cloth also provides a streak free finish on the laminated surface.

No Wax Or Polish
Unlike real wood surfaces, high-gloss laminated surfaces do not require any kind of wax or polish to maintain their shine. If wax or polish is used on the laminated surface, the shine can be dull overtime.
Buff Regularly
Make sure to buff your laminated surface regularly to make sure they look shiny and in their best

Matte Laminate

Non-Abrasive Cleaners
Matte laminated surfaces should be cleaned with non-abrasive cleaners only and any harsh detergent should be avoided. To clean the grime, and dirt on the surfaces, is best to use a mild detergent diluted in water. It is best to avoid any scouring pads or other abrasive clothing. 

Dry Thoroughly
After cleaning the surface with detergent diluted in water, make sure to dry the surface thoroughly. There should be not a single drop of water left on the surface, as it can cause water marks or streaks on the surface. 

Avoid Oil Products
Considering matte surfaces can be damaged by oils, it is best to avoid any oil-based products. They can be damaged and stained by oils and oily things should not be placed on the surface directly. 

Textured Laminate

Vacuum Regularly
With the help of a soft attachment on the vacuum, gently removes any debris or dust from the textured laminated surfaces. Avoid any beater bats or harsh vacuum attachments that can damage the pattern.

Spot Cleaning 
In case of any small spills or stains on the textured laminated surfaces, it is best to do spot cleaning with a mild detergent, diluted in water. Avoid harsh scrubbing, as it can flatten the texture. 

Avoid Wax Or Polish
Similar to other laminated surfaces, textured laminated surfaces also do not require any kind of wax or polish to maintain their appearance. Applying wax or polish on textured surfaces can diminish their appearance.

By simply following these tips and techniques, individuals can make sure their laminated surfaces stay new and clean for a longer period of time. By partnering up with Ultimate BuildMart, homeowners can enjoy a large myriad of textures, colors, designs, patterns, and finishes depending on their personal preference. They can use these sheets to laminate their flooring, countertops, furniture, and even cabinets. By investing in formica laminated sheets from Ultimate BuildMart, individuals are investing in long term convenience and functionality of aesthetics.

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