Melamine resin is the hardest of all synthetically produced organic materials. This is the reason for the high scratch and wear resistance of High Pressure Laminate – HPL. The high impact resistance of the material is due to the elasticity of phenolic resin. These properties also explain the high resistance of HPL to chemicals and heat. Not all of us are scientists, so if you read on, you’ll find some highly practical tips on Duropal maintenance.
Burning a cigarette on the surface of HPL is one of the quality tests specified in BS/EN 438, which also determines all the other qualities important for the user. The bottoms of some saucepans provide a significantly larger surface area and can become extremely hot, therefore we recommend using a protective pad.
A major advantage of Duropal Worktops is that the HPL surface makes cleaning so simple. Usually a moist cloth is sufficient, but use washing-up liquid to get rid of any grease. Stubborn dirt can be removed with an organic solvent such as methylated spirits or alcohol. Brushes with hard bristles (but not wire brushes) may also be used.
|dry or damp paper towels, a cloth or sponge.|
|e.g. fat, oil and dirt particles, fingermarks, lime deposits, rust, juice, coffee, tea, wax, blood, universal marker etc.||with a cloth or soft nylon brush and washing powder, soft soap, toilet soap or washing-up liquid. If necessary, leave for a while and then rinse thoroughly with clean water.|
|e.g. discolouration through long exposure to tea, coffee, fruit juice etc.||with washing powder and household bleach (but do not repeat too often).|
|e.g. lead pencil, felt-tip pens, marker and ball-point pens, lipstick, crayons, wax, shoe polish, nicotine, nail varnish.||with an organic solvent such as acetone (nail varnish remover), methylated spirits, petroleum spirit, perchloroethene. Read the manufacturers instructions carefully!|
|e.g. paint (water or solvent based paints, two-component paints, spray paints), varnish stains, printing ink||with water or an organic solvent. Remove two-component paints immediately.|
|e.g. adhesives (water-based, dispersion)||with water or an organic solvent.|
|e.g. two-component adhesives, urea resin, melamine, phenolic resin.||Remove immediately. Do not allow to harden!|
Living with your worktop
Please do not cut or chop directly on the worktop surface – always use a chopping board or worktop saver.
Always place hot pans, ovenware and irons on a trivet or protective pad to protect the surface from the intense heat which can cause damage to the worktop if placed directly on the surface.
The use of abrasive cleaners and pads, corrosive or aggressive cleaning agents should be avoided as they will have a detrimental effect on the worktop surface.
The use of PVC aprons may affect the durability of the HPL on the post-formed edge of worktops, and could lead to premature wear in high traffic work areas such as in front of the sink and hob.
Kettles, coffee machines, fryers and other heat or damp source should not be positioned directly over worktop joints. Constant changes in temperature could lead to failure of the joint.
Cuts and scratches will be more noticeable on dark decors and gloss finishes.
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