Cleaning for Melamine and High Pressure Laminates (HPL)

To clean surfaces, use a damp cloth or sponge and mild soap or detergent.

To remove difficult stains, such as coffee or tea, mix a mild household cleaner with baking soda into a paste.  Use a stiff nylon bristly brush to scrub the affected area (approximately 15-20 strokes). Extensive scrubbing may mar or damage the area.

Sharp objects can damage the surface of any Melamine or HPL, marring its beauty and lowering wear and stain resistance. Although high-pressure laminates are somewhat resistant to scratching, the surface can be damaged, even under normal use.


Exposure to Bleach

Prolonged exposure of any laminate surface to bleach causes discoloration. Always rinse laminate surfaces after cleaning. Failure to rinse after cleaning can cause damage even if a small amount of cleaning solution remains on the surface.

Dry Residues

If there is dry, invisible residue, note that moisture from cups or drinks can reactivate it, and result in permanently etched scars or stains over time.

Acidic or Abrasive Cleaners

Do not use acidic or abrasive cleaners on GAVCO furniture as they can damage laminate surfaces. Drain cleaners containing lye will permanently damage laminate surfaces.

Drain Cleaners

If a drain cleaner is spilled, wipe it immediately with dishwashing detergent or an all-purpose cleaner, and rinse several times with water..

Rust Removers

Rust removers contain harsh chemicals, which cause permanent damage. If a spill occurs, wipe off all residue immediately, wash thoroughly with soapy water, and rinse several times.

Abrasive Cleaning Pads

Steel wool and other abrasive pads will damage laminate. Do not use steel wool and other abrasive pads for cleaning or store oncountertops as the metal can rust and leave stains.

Toilet Bowl Cleaners

Toilet bowl cleaners also contain harsh chemicals that cause permanent damage. If spills occur, wipe immediately, wash surface with soapy water, and rinse several times.

Acids to Avoid

The following acids and rock can cause damage to laminate surfaces:

  • Hydrochloric Acid (Muriatic Acid or Hydrogen Chloride)
  • Sulfuric Acid (Oleic Acid, Oil of Vitriol, or Oleum)
  • Hydrofluoric Acid (Rust Remover)
  • Phosphoric Acid (Rust Remover)
  • Sodium Hydroxide(Caustic Soda, Caustic Lye or Soda Lye)
  • Pumice (abrasive)

Recommended Household Cleaners

  • Pledge® Clean & Dust
  • Clorox® (Prolonged exposure can mar the surface.)
  • Formula 409®
  • Dawn®
  • Lysol® Disinfectant Basin, Tub & Tile Cleaner
  • Dow Bathroom Cleaner with Scrubbing Bubbles™
  • Glass Plus®
  • Fantastik®
  • Grease Relief®
  • Westech CC & AR Citrus Cleaner
  • Windex®
  • Lestoil®
  • TOP JOB®
  • Favor®
  • Mr. Clean®