Given proper care and attention your worktops will last for many years.
The chipboard core of worktops is easily damaged by water and steam. Whilst your worktops will be properly sealed on all finished edges, it is vital that you protect them, especially at the joints, any cut outs you make (i.e., for sink or hob), any unfinished edges (usually the back edge) and the finished edges of wood or acrylic edged worktops.
Do not place kettles, toasters or any other appliance that gets hot in the immediate area of a joint or directly over it. The constant rapid changes in temperature can cause the joint seal to break down and allow moisture in to damage the core of the worktop. Typically this can cause the worktop core to swell up and the laminate to become loose.
Other ways that moisture can find its way into the core is by insufficient sealant when fitting, rising damp from an adjoining wall or from a dishwasher or washing machine located too near to a joint.
To protect the edges and joints do not allow water to stand on them. Always wipe off excess water as soon as possible.
Please do not wear a PVC apron if you have a laminate edged worktop. After time the PVC rubbing against the laminate may change the texture and colour of the laminate. This is due to a combination chemical/mechanical reaction between the PVC and melamine surface of the worktop.
Wooden edges should be waxed and polished monthly.
Clean worktops regularly with a damp cloth, using a mild soapy solution for stains, then dry. Tea and coffee stains should be cleaned off immediately to prevent build up.
Do not leave bleach lying on the worktop as this may soften the laminate and cause damage or discolouration. A mild bleach solution can be used to remove stubborn tea or coffee stains but should be rinsed off and dried immediately.
Do not apply polish to laminated surfaces.
Do not cut objects directly on the worktop, always use a chopping board or other worktop saver.
Do not rest hot pans directly on the worktop. Although the laminate is heat resistant to at least 180 degrees centigrade you can never be sure of the temperature of the underside of the pan.
Organic solvents such as acetone, ethyl alcohol, 10% vinegar solution or citric acid can be used to remove marks such as ink or limescale. Normal domestic abrasive cleaners should not be used.
High Gloss worktops show scratches more easily than textured surfaces therefore we do not recommend that these be used in high use areas. When cleaning High Gloss worktops extra care should be taken to make sure there is no grit trapped in the sponge or cleaning cloth.
If you request a laminated edged end to your worktop that is near a free standing cooker, stove, range or other source of heat we recommend that you specify this in the comments section on your order form. The laminate on the ends of the worktops is normally applied by a machine that uses hot glue and this will need to be substituted with contact adhesive in this case.
Do not stand on the worktop as this can cause the joint seals to fail and the debris from shoes is a very common cause of scratching.