Laminate Kitchen Cabinets
Plastic laminate is a popular choice for kitchen cabinets because it is durable, stain resistant and available in an array of colors, patterns, and textures. It is also easy to clean, but just because it easy to clean doesn’t mean that you can neglect to give it maintenance.
Unfortunately, there are two common problems with plastic laminate countertops which include chipping and torn edges. However, due to advances in technology; you can repair a small chip for less than $20. Edge repairs cost about the same. The process for repairing a small chip in a countertop is exactly the same as filling the seam when repairing a torn edge.
Plastic laminate is nothing more than kraft paper, resins bonded together under heat and pressure, and a plastic coating. You will notice with plastic laminates that the kraft paper that it is constructed of leaves a brown edge. However, this brown edge can be covered and decorated with a stainless steel, brass, or wood trim. If you decide to go with a more expensive solid-color laminate, you will notice plastic sheets of the same color throughout so that no dark edges are revealed.
Bottom line, if your plastic laminate is properly cared for it can last a lifetime. You want to make sure to use non-abrasive cleaners that won't scratch or dull the surface. Also, always use a trivet between the counter and pots to prevent hot cookware from de-laminating the surface.
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