One of the greatest benefits of laminate office furniture over 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 correctly to ensure that it will last for as long as possible.
How often you need to dust your laminate furniture depends 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 regular dusting. Use an oil-free furniture spray for dusting. You can use furniture polish on laminate, but be sure to wipe up any excess. Furniture polish does not soak into the laminate, so any left sitting on top may soak into your clothes and cause stains.
Wash Using Warm, Soapy Water
When it comes time to wash your laminate furniture, use 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 remain on the surface and may eventually cause marring.
Remove Stains Carefully
Remove grease and difficult stains with a mixture of hot water and baking soda. Work this mixture into a paste and gently apply it 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.
Other Laminate Care Tips
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 mar 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.