Laminate is a synthetic material made up of several layers: multiple sheets of kraft
paper (like that used in grocery bags), a decorative paper and a melamine plastic
Advantages of Laminate Countertops
* Produced in hundreds of colors and patterns and a variety of finishes. Certain designs
replicate the look of granite, solid surface, engineered stone and hardwood, among
others, providing an in-demand look at an undemanding price.
* Easy upkeep.
* Impact resistant.
* Resists grease and stains.
* A coved design, where the laminate eliminates the countertop's back edge by curving
slightly up the wall, makes for easy cleanup.
* Cost savings, due to reduced labor and more inexpensive material compared to
According to Wilsonart, a damp cloth and mild soap should be adequate for most
spills. For more resistant stains, create a paste from baking soda and a mild
household cleaner, and give a brisk 15-20 strokes to the area using a nylon
bristle brush. If these methods don't work, a cotton ball saturated with undiluted
household bleach can be rubbed on the stain for up to two minutes, though
Wilsonart warns that the surface must be thoroughly rinsed with water and
dried, and prolonged exposure to bleach will cause discoloration. Always follow
your manufacturer's specific instructions.