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Do not place hot pans directly from the burner or oven on the countertop surface. Even though Formica Solid Surfacing can withstand up to 175 F, prolonged or extreme heat could cause damage to the surface. A trivet should always be used under all heated appliances, such as crock pots, electric fry pans, coffee pots, etc. Extreme temperature swings should be avoided. When pouring hot water (from boiling pasta, potatoes, etc.) into sink, always run warm water to reduce temperature extremes.


Do not use your Formica countertop as a cutting board. Although minor cuts and scratches on a matte finish can be repaired by the consumer, deep cuts and high gloss finished tops will require the service of a professional, which is an extra expense. (An extra piece of Formica Solid Surfacing from your fabricator makes an excellent cutting board to protect your counter.)

Do not stand or sit on your countertop.

While most everyday spills can be removed with the cleaning techniques listed, some troublesome spills and stains such as food dye, tea and fruit drinks may require more aggressive cleaning. These items can be removed using full strength bleach for two to five minutes, followed by a general cleaner and flushing with water. On Matte finish, if you prefer you can scrub with an abrasive cleanser.

Even nail polish can be removed with nail polish remover or an abrasive cleanser.

Strong acids such as those found in drain, toilet bowl and oven cleaners should be used cautiously around Formica Solid Surface Countertops. If these items are accidentally spilled, wipe them up at once and rinse with water. Some of these items, if left on the surface, may cause whitening, which can be difficult to remove.

Should a lighted cigarette accidentally come in contact with the surface, it could leave a nicotine stain or a scorch mark. Either of these can be removed by cleaning with an abrasive cleanser or buffing with a Scotch-Brite® pad.

REMOVING SCRATCHES from Formica : (not recommended for dark colors)

Matte Finish
Sand with 220-grit sandpaper on sanding block. Use small circular motions until scratch is gone. Blend finish with an abrasive cleanser and a maroon 7447 Scotch-Brite® Pad.

Satin Finish
Sand with 320-grit sandpaper on sanding block. Use small circular motions until the scratch is gone. Blend finish with Soft Scrub® Cleanser (or equivalent) and a gray 7448 Scotch-Brite® pad.

Semi-Gloss Finish
Sand with 600-grit sandpaper on sanding block. Use small circular motions until the scratch is gone. Blend finish with a nonabrasive cleanser and a white 7445 Scotch-Brite® pad.

Gloss Finish
Specialized tooling is required to achieve a high-gloss finish. Please contact your professional fabricator for assistance. Maintenance is limited to cleaning with mild detergents or nonabrasive countertop cleaners and a soft cloth.

Should the above maintenance steps create a variation in the surface finish, proceed with the final blending step over the entire countertop surface.

Mr.Clean, Lestoil, Ajax, Comet, Scotch-Brite and Soft Scrub are all trademarks of their respective owners.

Remember, as the owner of Formica® Solid Surfacing protected against material or manufacturing defects, assuring long-term performance. If your dealer or installer has not provided you with a copy of your warranty, ask them for it or visit our Web site at

If you have further questions about the care, performance, or appearance of your Formica® Solid Surfacing, contact your authorized dealer or fabricator.

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