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Do Laminate Countertops Scratch?

Do Laminate Countertops Scrathc?

ANSWER:

Yes, laminate countertops do scratch.

More Info: Laminate countertops offer a variety of benefits such as affordability, variety of colors, easy installation and easy maintenance, but it also has its drawbacks one of which is the fact that it shows scratches and nicks so easily. It is also very difficult to repair if it does get damaged so requires that special care is taken not to place hot items or cut directly on the surface.

How to Avoiding Scratching Laminate

Choose a light colored countertop. Dark colors tend to make scratches more noticeable.

Cutlery and sharp utensils will mark a laminate surface. Do not work directly on the countertop especially when cutting or chopping. Always use a cutting board to keep your laminate pristine.

Do not pound anything directly on a laminate countertop such as tenderizing meat. Pounding can result in cracks, scratches, or other damage.

Don’t drag ceramic items or other heavy items across a laminate countertop.

Avoid abrasive cleaners such as scouring powder, steel wool, or sandpaper.

Laminate Countertop Advantages

Though it is true that laminate countertops will show scratch damage, they do offer a variety of advantages. Not only are laminate countertops one of the least expensive on the market today, the variety of colors and designs readily available is extensive. Laminate countertops resist stains and are very easy to maintain. Simply wiping the surface with a damp cloth is all that is generally required.

 

Resources

Kitchen remodeling for dummies. New York, NY: Wiley,
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“Scratch and Impac Protection.” Formica.com.
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