What is High-Pressure Laminate?
The High-Pressure Laminate (HPL) is considered to be one of the most durable decorative surface materials and is available with special performance properties including chemical, fire and wear resistance.
Made from phenolic resin-impregnated layers which have been compressed under very high pressure into a strong material with a scratch-resistant surface, laminate table tops generally require a minimum of maintenance.
HPL is flame retardant and includes antibacterial properties, making it a great hygienic choice for food preparation areas, such as kitchens tops. HPL is more durable when it comes to chemicals and heat, compared to other laminates.
Maintaining the HPL table tops is generally easy and if treated with care, it will keep its long-lasting beauty.
1. DAILY CLEANING
Wipe the HPL table top with a cloth and lukewarm water. Afterwards wipe the surface with a clean, dry cloth. For a more thorough cleaning, you can use a few drops of dishwashing liquid. Wipe it afterwards with a clean, moist cloth and finally with a clean, dry cloth. Do not use scouring powder or nylon sponges as these will fade or scratch the laminate.
2. BASIC CLEANING
Clean the surface with a fat-dissolving cleaning agent that does not contain abrasives. Remove the cleaning agent with a clean wet cloth to avoid discolouration. Finally wipe the table with a clean, dry cloth. The wooden edges should be wiped only with a clean wet cloth and afterwards with a clean, dry cloth.
3. STAINS AND DAMAGES
Fat, oil, felt pen marks etc. can be removed with acetone, thinner or benzene. Then clean with a clean wet cloth and finally wipe the surface with a clean, dry cloth. Never use acidic detergents, wax or any kind of furniture polish, as these may cause permanent discolouration. Do not use solvents on the wooden edges of the HPL surface.
Never use abrasive or highly aggressive cleaning products, such as steel sponges, scouring powder or other polishes (for home use), to clean laminate table tops, as they can scratch the surface and cause irreparable damage to your tabletop.
Avoid moving abrasive objects on the tabletop surface and also placing hot pots directly on it. Even if it has a durable surface, this is just a table and it is not indestructible. Maintaining its clean look takes some care and consideration.