If you have been shopping for furniture or about to start renovating your own place, you might have come across it at some point in time. They are available in a range of colours, textures, and patterns, being the surface of most furniture items.
What are Laminates and How are they being made?
Laminates are commonly used as a finishing layer for your various furniture to cover, MDF, plywood, wooden furniture, etc. It’s an artificial material, composite by pressing together thin layers of flat paper and plastic resins with an upper layer printed decorative pattern or colour.
Types of Laminates based on Pressure Applied:
- High-Pressure Laminates
They are being produced by attaching layers of materials from decor paper to kraft paper through high-pressure to create the laminate. In between the decor paper and kraft paper, plywood is being placed to support the hardiness of the laminate.
- Low-Pressure Laminates
Whereas low-pressure Laminates goes through the same way except that it uses MDF to support the laminate. It creates a thinner layer as compared to high pressure laminates.
Where do you usually apply them?
They can be applied to most interior spaces due to their versatility, cost-effectiveness and durability. It doesn’t even matter if it’s applied vertically or horizontally.
Here are some examples they are applied to:
Why would one prefer laminates?
They offer benefits for the owner of the furniture that they are heat-resistant, water-resistant, impact-resistant, and abrasion-proof. Colour won’t fade easily.
They are also easy to maintain too. Using clean damp and non-abrasive cloth with mild liquid detergent to wipe it, rinse it after and that will do the trick.
With proper cleaning and maintenance, they can have a longer lifespan.
Of course, few care tips need to be taken note of for maintenance wise.
- Avoid strong liquid cleaners
It is not necessary to use strong or abrasive liquid cleaners and cleaning powders to maintain the cleanliness of your laminates. Non-abrasive liquid cleaners will do just fine for removing spills and stains.
- No bleach
As bleach or other caustic solutions can be harsh for laminates, which might destroy the colour of your laminate, avoid it. If its spill on the surface, wipe it up immediately and rinse several times with water.
- Be careful with dyes
Many food colouring or hair and fabric dyes can leave stains on your HPL surfaces, thus have to be aware when handling such chemicals around your laminates. Do wipe the colouring or dye spills with non-abrasive, concentrated liquid detergent.
- Take note of steel wools
Please do not clean your laminates with steel wool or any abrasive pads. As these will damage the surface of your laminate. Another tip to remember, not to store your wool pads on your kitchen countertop laminate, as they might leave rust stains on your laminate surface.
- Handle sharp objects carefully
Laminates are abrasion-proof, however, the surface can still be damaged when it comes in contact with sharp points and blades. Thus, you will have to be careful when handling knives, scissors and other sharp objects on not cutting it directly on the surface of your laminate.
There's a few companies that does laminates professionally, such as Arova, Lamitak, Admira, etc. Feel free to explore more of your options with them, as various different companies may offer different variety of laminates for you to choose one that’s most suited for your interior design.