Formica is a type of laminate or plastic primarily used as a material for kitchen and bathroom countertops found in all types, sizes and styles of homes. Second to counter tops, Formica is also used as an alternative flooring materials. Formica is a heat resistant material and can be easily wiped clean from dirt, grime and grease. Like any material, it is important to maintain and properly care for your Formica to extend its useful and beautiful life. Water damage is one of the easiest things that can be prevented. Below is a list of things you need to do to incorporate into your routine maintenance plan to prevent the water damage to your Formica.
Step 1 – Avoid Excessive Heat
Avoid placing anything extremely hot on your Formica. Do not place hot pots, hot pans directly on the surface of your countertop or your floors. Use a protective cloth such as a trivet on a countertop or a towel or silicone mat on your floors. When heat meets the surface of Formica, it damages its protective outer space. It may even cause the material to split thereby making it susceptible to water damage
Step 2 – Clean Up Promptly
If you spill or drop a pool of water on your Formica, clean it up immediately. Formica is porous, therefore will absorb any type of liquid. If the water stands too long on the Formica countertop or flooring, it will warp and take on a different shape. You will then have to replace it to restore it to its natural beauty.
Step 3 – Avoid Sharp Objects
Avoid all sorts of sharp objects from meeting with the Formica surface. If you have a Formica countertop, do not cut meat, cheese, vegetables or any other type of food directly on the countertop. This will cause cut marks and gashes on the countertop. You will break the Formica seal and make it much more susceptible to water absorption and damage.
Step 4 – Avoid Abrasive Materials
Avoid all types of abrasive materials such as cleaners. Use a simple glass cleaner or water and vinegar solution to clean your Formica. Using anything the slightest bit harsher will cause the Formica to break down or become stained. Contact with water will cause immediate damage to the Formica surface.
Step 5 – Keep Dry
Keep your Formica surface dry at all times. Do not allow water to sit on the Formica surface at any time. Make sure you wipe the Formica surface with a damp cloth or damp cleaning solution. Do not expose to excessive amounts of water. Water will cause the Formica to split and crack. The seal will break and the Formica will become damaged.
Step 6 – Use a Dehumidifier
If your home interior is high in humidity, use a dehumidifier. This will reduce the amount of moisture in the home. This is particularly a good idea if you live in a humid climate.