Laminate Products Surfaces
Care & Maintenance
• For everyday cleaning, wipe the surface with a damp cloth or sponge. You may use a mild soap or detergent. Wipe completely dry with a soft rag using a straight line motion.
• Wilsonart® laminate may need occasional dusting depending on where it is used. To keep the surface beautiful, use a non-oily furniture spray. (Remember to clean the spray off several times a year to prevent buildup.)
• Furniture polish can also help to hide fine scratches in the surface. Be sure to completely wipe the polish from the laminate surface. The oils in the polish cannot penetrate the laminate and any residual polish could subject the user’s hands and clothing to stains.
• Difficult stains such as coffee or tea can be removed using a mild soap or detergent and a soft bristled brush. Repeat as necessary.
• If a stain persists, use a paste of baking soda and water applied with a soft bristle brush. Light scrubbing for 10 to 20 strokes should remove most stains. Although baking soda is a low abrasive, excessive scrubbing or exerting too much force could damage the decorative surface, especially if it has a gloss finish.
• Stubborn stains that resist any of the above cleaning methods may require the use of undiluted household bleach or nail polish remover. Apply the bleach or nail polish remover to the stain and let stand no longer than two minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and wipe dry. This step may be repeated if the stain appears to be going away and the color of the laminate has not been affected. WARNING: Prolonged exposure of the laminate surface with bleach will cause discoloration.
• Always rinse laminate surfaces after cleaning! If a small amount of cleaning solution remains on the surface, moisture can reactivate it and result in permanently etched scars.
RECOMMENDED CLEANING AGENTS
• Formula 409®
• Dow® Bathroom Cleaner with
• Scrubbing Bubbles
• Glass Plus®
• Grease Relief
• Lysol® Brand Disinfectant Basin/Tub/Tile Cleaner
• Mr. Clean®
• Top Job®
SPECIAL CARE TIPS
• Occasionally dust the leather surface with a soft, clean cloth.
• For minor stains clean with distilled water and a soft cloth. Wet the cloth and rub gently over the stain. Wipe dry.
• If water alone does not work, apply a mild soap to the cloth. Work into a lather and rub gently over the stain. Rinse with a damp cloth and wipe dry.
• Persistent stains may require a stronger cleaning method. Leather cleaning kits are available from Tender Care Leather Products (828.256.9773). The kits are available in a variety of strengths; contact Leather Care to determine which product is right for your needs. Some cleaning products may cause discoloration and should be tested in an inconspicuous location prior to use on the chair.
• For regular cleaning, removed dirt and smudges with a mild soap and warm water solution. Dry with a soft, lint free cloth.
• Use a stronger detergent for more difficult stains and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
• Special cleaning problems (use in the following order):
Step 1: Non-abrasive household cleaners used with water and a soft cloth.
Fantastik® or Formula 409®
Step 2: Solvent type cleaner liberally applied with a soft cloth. Dry area with a different cloth, rinse with clean water and let dry.
Rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
Step 3: Strong, active solvent cleaners applied with a soft cloth. Stain should be removed with less than 6 rubs; if stain persists after 6 rubs,
Laminate Products Surfaces
• Keep your furniture out of direct sunlight. Prolonged exposure may cause the color to fade over time. Wilsonart laminates will maintain their normal coloration in indoor use within acceptable limits established by NEMA LD3-2000.
• Hot pans or heat producing appliances, when set directly on the laminate, can mar the product’s surface. Always use a heat shield, hot pad, or trivet.
• Sharp knives can damage the surface of the laminate lowering the wear and stain resistance of the surface. Always use a cutting board if cutting directly on the surface.
• Acidic or abrasive cleaners can damage laminate surfaces, do not use them to clean the surface. Avoid products that contain any of the following:
o Hydrochloric Acid
o Sulfuric Acid
Oil of Vitriol
o Hydrofluoric Acid
o Phosphoric Acid
o Sodium Hydroxide
o Pumice (Abrasive)
• If you spill a product containing one of these chemicals on the surface, wipe up immediately, wash with soapy water, and rinse several times.
• To fill in scratches on wood grain laminates, use a touch-up “crayon”