One of the greatest benefits to having laminate office furniture instead of solid wood or veneer is that laminate is a breeze to maintain and clean. Laminate doesn’t scratch or stain easily, but you should still take care to clean your laminate furniture in the right way to ensure that it will last for as long as possible. Here’s how:
Dust regularly. How often you need to dust your laminate furniture will depend on how often it’s used. A small desk that you use every day may not need to be dusted often, but a bookcase in the corner of the room that isn’t cleaned much will probably need a regular dusting. Dusting can be done by using an oil-free furniture spray. Furniture polish is fine to use on laminate, but be sure to wipe up any excess. Furniture polish does not soak into laminate, so any left sitting on top may soak into your clothes and stain.
Wash using warm, soapy water. When it comes time to wash your laminate furniture, you can do so by using a mixture of liquid dish soap and warm water. Rinse with cold water and then dry with a paper towel or soft dish towel. Always rinse your laminate after cleaning. If left unrinsed, cleaning solution or soap will be left on the surface and may cause marring after long periods of time.
Remove stains carefully. Remove grease and difficult stains with a mixture of hot water and baking soda. Work this mixture into a paste and then gently apply this to your laminate using a soft bristle brush in a circular motion. Because baking soda is a mild abrasive and a bristle brush can also be abrasive, don’t press too hard when working the paste into your furniture. As with regular soap and water, rinse the paste off when the stain has been lifted.
Keep your furniture out of direct sunlight. Furniture standing in direct sunlight may be subject to discoloration over time.
High temperature items including hot coffee mugs and bowls may create heat stains and marring on your furniture. Use a hot pad to protect your desk or table.
Do not use bleach or abrasive cleaners as these may discolor or mar your furniture.
To fill in small scratches on laminate, use a touch up marker. You may request a touch up marker by calling NBF’s furniture experts at (800) 558-1010.