Product Care

Whatever benchtops you have, the following are some simple recommendations to keeping them looking as attractive as when they were installed. With the right care, your cabinetry will last in tip top condition for many, many years.

Laminate Benchtopslaminated-benchtop

  • To avoid unsightly burn marks, it is essential to use cooling racks or bread boards under hot items from the oven, microwave or hotplates.
  • Toasters, electric kettles and other electric appliances that are used directly over the benchtop may reduce the bond of the glue and cause long term damage.
  • Burning cigarettes can also be responsible for permanent burn marks.
  • Benchtop joins are strategically placed for the strongest and most hard wearing join. Care should still be taken to prevent damage to the join by heat or water penetration.
  • Care is needed to ensure that the bottoms of pottery or ceramic bowls or canisters do not scratch the laminate surface.
  • Using the range hood is essential to a long-life kitchen. The obvious benefits include removing steam and heat from the cooking area, which also reduces the risk of mould forming on ceilings.
  • Some cleaning products can harm your laminate benchtops and doors. Products like abrasive cleaners, crème cleaners and Ajax powder will scratch the surface and reduce its stain resistant properties, just like steel wool and scourers will. Other products not to use include: acidic cleaners like CLR and Drano, bleach-based liquids, sugar soap and caustic-based oven cleaners as they can permanently stain or discolour laminate. Waxes and polishes like Mr Sheen will form a waxy residue over time which will dull the laminate’s natural finish.
  • Superglue, if left on a benchtop, could discolour the laminate or remove its protective surface completely. Also, some permanent marker pens or textas can also leave marks if not removed immediately.
  • As a safety precaution, you should always check the care label on products before use.
  • Water won’t damage a laminate surface however although the benchtop’s core is made from water resistant products, it is not waterproof. Always mop up excess liquid spills immediately, especially around sinks, hotplates and joins. Only ever use a damp cloth for clean-up, not large amounts of water.
  • Glass cleaning sprays, used sparingly, will remove dirt build-up and restore the laminate’s natural finish.
  • To remove a stubborn grease mark, dab sparingly with warm soapy water and wipe away. Remember to be conservative with the water. Some stubborn stains can be removed with a wipe of methylated spirits.
  • Laminated surfaces will withstand normal wear and tear but can be damaged by scratching. Darker colours will show scratches more readily than lighter colours or patterns.

Granite Benchtops

  • Natural stone expands and contracts so don’t put very cold or very hot items directly on the work surface or cracking may occur.
  • Avoid leaving hot oils or fats on the surface as the granite will absorb them.
  • Whilst granite is resistant to staining it is wise not to leave staining materials in contact with the surface for any length of time. An example is leaving a rusty and wet tin on the surface overnight.
  • Don’t use abrasive cleaners as they will affect the polish even though they won’t damage the material.
  • Stone is brittle and can be damaged by impact or excessive concentrated load such as dropping a tenderiser or leaning on the narrow edge in front of sinks or hotplates.
  • Standing on benchtops, particularly suspended ones like breakfast bars will lead to cracking.
  • Most non-abrasive household cleaning liquids or mild soapy water may be used for everyday cleaning.
  • To remove fats or oils, saturate the area with thinners and place a cloth over the area to soak up the stain.
  • Don’t use bleach or abrasive cleaners as they will damage the sealant.
  • Clean up spills immediately, especially stain-causing spills such as beetroot, berry juices, bleach, oven cleaners, dishwasher detergents and artificial dyes, etc. Prompt action is necessary for spills.
  • Use a silicon-based wax like ‘Duraseal Floor Wax’ to buff up the shine half-yearly.

Timber Benchtopstimber-benchtops

  • Timber benchtops are fairly tough; they are sprayed with a protective two-pac polyurethane coating but they still need to be looked after, just as any other type of benchtop surface.
  • Don’t use bleach or abrasive cleaners as they will damage the sealant.
  • Wipe over with a damp cloth or occasionally, a small amount of detergent.
  • Clean up spills immediately, especially stain-causing spills such as beetroot, berry juices, bleach, oven cleaners, dishwasher detergents and artificial dyes, etc. Prompt action is necessary for spills.
  • Don’t use a silicon or wax-based furniture polish as future recoating of benchtops is difficult.
  • ‘Mirotone Spray Glo’ is a non-silicon based furniture polish.

Low Pressure Laminate (Melamine) Doors

  • Cabinet doors are made from a pre-laminated product with moisture and impact resistant qualities.
  • Streaky marks sometimes show on dark colours after cleaning. Glass spray cleaner should wipe them away. Metho is also a good alternative.
  • Good old soapy water will deal with greasy marks. Dab, wait and wipe away. Finish off with glass spray cleaner.
  • Laminated surfaces will withstand normal wear and tear, but can be damaged by scratching. Darker colours will show scratches more readily than lighter colours.

Solid Timber or Veneer Doors & Panelstimber-doors-and-drawers

  • Timber surfaces require the same care and attention as laminate surfaces because they are coated in a hard wearing clear finish.
  • Most furniture polishes contain a little or a lot of silicon, which makes any repair jobs to a timber surface very difficult. Wipe timber surfaces over with a damp cloth.
  • Be sure to clean up any liquid spills immediately to avoid any moisture being absorbed into the timber.
  • Don’t overly rub a lacquered timber surface as it can cause a dull or alternatively shiny spot.

Polyurethane Painted Doors

  • Two-pac polyurethane painted doors are manufactured from a single piece of 18mm Moisture Resistant (MR) Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF), ensuring against possible fracture or separation problems, which can occur in multi-piece doors.
  • Streaky marks sometimes show on dark colours after cleaning. Glass spray cleaner should wipe them away.
  • Good old soapy water will deal with greasy marks. Dab, wait and wipe away. Finish off with glass spray cleaner.
  • Two-pac polyurethane painted surfaces will withstand normal wear and tear, but can be damaged by scratching.
  • Darker colours will show scratches more readily than lighter colours.