What you shouldn't do on laminate surfaces...

Laminates are known to be durable, but due care is needed in order to ensure their longevity in your home. From flooring to countertops, here's what you shouldn't do on your laminate surface.

1) Do not chop, slice, pound, or hammer on any laminate surface
Knives or other sharp utensils may slice or scratch the surface, while heavy blows from a hammer or meat tenderiser may crack the surface.

2) Avoid ironing or placing a hot iron on laminate surfaces

3) Do not place lighted cigarettes directly on laminate surfaces

4) Do not get the laminate excessively wet
Especially near the seams, as water can penetrate and cause the substrate to swell.

5) Never use cleaners containing acid, alkali, or sodium hypochlorite (bleach) 
These cleaners will mar, etch, corrode, and permanently discolour the laminate surface. To clean, wipe with a damp, non-abrasive cotton cloth and a mild liquid detergent or household cleaner and rinse with clean water, using a clean, non-abrasive cotton cloth. Dry the surface with a soft, clean, non-abrasive cotton cloth.