Don’ts for Laminates
Arova provides a wide selection of high pressure laminates (HPL) in various colours, patterns and textures to homeowners, interior designers and architects in Singapore. Arova laminates are abrasion-proof and fade-proof. Arova laminates are also resistant to heat, water and impact.
As one of the most durable decorative surface materials, HPLs are used for many areas of the home. Many homeowners in Singapore favour HPLs for their kitchen cabinets, customised furniture and other bespoke interior design solutions for many reasons.
Following simple care tips and avoiding the following no-nos can ensure the long-lasting beauty of your laminates.
Avoid Gritty Liquid Cleaners
With HPLs, it’s not necessary to use gritty or abrasive liquid cleaners and cleaning powders. Non-abrasive liquid cleaners are sufficient for removing spills and stains.
Bleach or other caustic solutions can be too harsh for laminates. Should such solutions spill on the surface, wipe it up immediately and rinse several times with water.
Be Careful With Dyes
Many food colouring or hair and fabric dyes can leave stains on your HPL surfaces, so be careful when handling such liquids. Wipe colouring or dye spills with non-abrasive, concentrated liquid detergent.
Take Note Of Steel Wools
There’s no need to clean laminates with steel wool or other abrasive pads. These will also damage the laminate surface. Also remember not to store steel wool pads on your kitchen countertop. Rust can occur and leave stains on your laminate surface.
Handle Sharp Objects Carefully
Laminates are abrasion-proof, but the surface can be damaged when it comes in contact with sharp points and blades. Be careful when handling knives, scissors and other sharp objects and do not cut directly on the surface.
Don’t Spray Cleaners Directly
If your laminated furniture is fitted with glass windows, for example, avoid spraying glass cleaners directly onto the glass surfaces. The liquid may drip and seep into hard-to-reach edges and gaps and cause discolouration. Instead, to clean these glass surfaces, spray the glass cleaner onto the cloth or paper.