How do you varnish a laminate kitchen worktop?

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Laminate is another popular choice for kitchens in the UK, laminate worktops offer an attractive option for your kitchen at a more affordable price than most other surfaces. They are quite hard wearing, resistant to heat and easy to maintain. The main advantage of laminate is that it is available in a larger range of colours than other materials so it will fit in with any colour scheme.

Laminate Worktops are more heat resistant than they used to be and will withstand heat from boiling water and other moderately hot spillages and containers. It is not recommended that you place a hot pan on a laminated worktop as this can warp the surface.

Due to the non-porous surface of Laminate Worktops, liquids will not be absorbed and can be easily wiped away. Laminate Worktops are very resistant to most stains and with minimal care will retain their uniform colour without discolouration from staining or sunbleaching for years.

The colours Laminate Worktops are available in...

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I’ve been fabricating Formica products for many years in the kitchen cupboard and counter industry. Plastic laminate worktops can last a lifetime if they are built, installed and cared for properly. In this article, we will be looking at all three of these factors to help you understand how to best select and maintain your worktops.

What materials are best for the tops to be fabricated from?

There are two types of board that are used for fabricating worktops, particleboard and plywood.

For years people have had difficulty with press-board because it absorbs water and swells.

Lowe’s countertops and other super centers usually have flake-board cores. The stock items are called post-form tops. These generally have the rolled-over front edge and the backsplash that is preformed into one piece with the deck of the top. This material is used for several reasons, but mainly because it is the cheapest choice.

Plywood worktops can only be obtained...

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If you have chosen a laminate worktop for your new kitchen, you certainly have a cost effective and very attractive choice on your hands. This type of work surface also allows you to fit it yourself, so you don’t need to pay a professional like Stonetech1 to do it for you. This is where the hard work starts! Where do you begin?

Firstly, take your time! Whether it’s your first time or you’ve done this several times before, never rush a job like this, because rushing means mistakes, and mistakes mean you’re stuck with them. Instead, think baby steps, and make sure you read up on it before you even pick up a tool.

What Tools do You Need?

Generally speaking, it is useful to have the following tools and equipment handy:

Circular saw Jigsaw Planer, you can use an electric or manual one Combination square Saw horses x 2 Clamps Router and straight blade, 1/2 inch Masking tape, the 50mm wide option is best Silicone sealant...
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Worktops are an essential part of any kitchen. Aside from their utility, they can also serve as an aesthetically crucial part of the way your kitchen looks. While some kitchen worktops are made from granite or steel, the most common type of worktop, and the easiest to work with, is a laminate top. Fitting worktops can be difficult. It requires a bit of a time commitment and is often done by professionals.

Determine which way the worktop joints will run. Most commonly, you will be working with a three-sided application that will require two workshop joints. Cut the worktop down so it is at least 50mm too big. It's easier to cut it down than it is to add more. Make sure when you cut it down more precisely, you leave 40mm to act as an overhang for your cabinets, give or take 5mm.

Move the worktop, which now has an even overhang, into place and mark off the depth from front to back. This is necessary if it will be placed against a wall to ensure that it fits properly....

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Every kitchen is built to blend aesthetics with functionality. Getting kitchen components that achieve this dual purpose can be a very tough feat to achieve. Laminate kitchen worktops, distinctively coated in the plastic laminate are capable of a wide range of designs and are the perfect fit for any kitchen.

They are often overlooked in favor of less flexible options. As a result, a lot of people end up missing out on the awesomeness of laminate kitchen worktops. We explore five compelling reasons why laminate worktops are the perfect answer to your kitchen needs.

Great options for patterns and finishes

1. Laminate worktops are the perfect canvas for whatever inspired design you can think up. They allow you to bring your design to life with a variety of finishes for your use.

2. With laminate worktops, you can achieve any shape leaving you with an intricately styled worktop that shows attention to detail. Your worktop is sure to be the center of...

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STORING YOUR WORKTOP

When it comes to redesigning your kitchen, timelines can occasionally stretch or you may want to change an aspect of the design. This may result in you having to store your worktop. At Wooden Kitchen Worktops, we understand that this can happen and are more than happy to delay delivery until you are ready to oil them. If they have already been delivered, all you need to do is make sure the worktop is laid flat in a warm and dry environment that is not submitted to vast temperature change. Do not use your garage!

SANDING

Sanding is a vital part of preparing the worktop for the oiling process, helping to define how the worktop will look but more importantly, how the worktop will feel once you have finished oiling. All of our worktops are expertly hand-finished although we recommend that our customers give the worktop a final finish sanding with finer paper to their desired level. You can sand the worktop by hand or by electric...

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Our laminate kitchen worktops ranges not only look beautiful but are also affordable. Laminate kitchen worktops can be supplied in wide range of sizes and designs. From wood grain finishes to solid and plain colours, laminate kitchen worktops can be a great addition to your kitchen environment.

If you are looking for kitchen worktop that doesn’t strain your budget then choose our laminate kitchen worktops.

Why choose laminate kitchen worktops for your kitchen?


Laminate kitchen worktops are the perfect alternative to acrylic based, granite and stone worktops at a fraction of the price.

Manufacturers of Laminate Kitchen Worktop Materials

We currently supply laminate kitchen worktops manufactured by Formica and Egger.

View our Laminate Kitchen Worktop Colour Collections

Click on the images below to view laminate kitchen worktops colour collection and choose your kitchen laminate worktop...

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Soak stains with baking soda

Photo 1: Apply a baking soda paste to the stain

Mix baking soda with just enough water to form a thick paste. Apply the paste to the stain and lay a wet paper towel over the paste to keep it moist.

Stubborn stains on countertops can be frustrating, but they don't have to be permanent. Standard household spray cleaners will remove most of them. Check the label and make sure any product you use is recommended for laminate countertops.

The secret to success with these products is patience; let the cleaner work for five minutes or so before you wipe off the countertop. A plastic brush is helpful on stubborn spots. If a standard cleaner won't do the job, try baking soda.

Paste made from baking soda and a little water often removes stains left by fruit juices and other liquids (Photo 1). Baking soda is slightly abrasive and can leave fine scratches, so don't scrub. Just let the paste work for one to two hours and then wipe...

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“Why can’t I varnish wooden worktops?”

The latest ‘Question of the Week’ comes to us from Ellen in Worcester, who wants wooden worktops in her kitchen, but asked why we recommend oiling over alternatives such as varnish.

QUESTION:

“I’ve already decided that your wooden worktops are the perfect choice for finishing off my new kitchen, but I want a hard-wearing finish and wondered why you don’t seem to recommend varnish?”

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Hi Ellen,

Wooden kitchen worktops are definitely the most attractive surface for completing new kitchens, but using the right type of treatment is important in order to guarantee a worktop’s longevity.

You will have no doubt seen that we highly recommend Rustins Danish Oil for wooden surfaces. Once a sufficient coating of food-safe Danish oil has been applied, you will enjoy a natural finish that accentuates the beauty of the timber – whilst being certain that the wood is well protected.

Varnish –...

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We're busy planning our new kitchen - there's sooooo much to do!!

Granite looks fab, but the cost is of concern (waiting for quotes to come in) normal worktops just don't seem to do it for me, esp as we're after a light coloured worktop, and we have ruled out wood due to the faff of oiling....I have 3 kids under 5 so seriously can't be doing with that.

It's dawned on me that we have a solid wood table from Ikea that we varnished with Dulux Diamond tough varnish 5 years ago. Its been battered by 3 kids, used 3 times a day for meals, playing lego, craft stuff etc - and is as perfect as the day it was done.

So can i use this on a lovely wooden kitchen work surface? If not why not? And why does everyone use...

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Agree with above re 6 coats of oil as a staring point when 1st fitted

We’ve got Iroko tops, been fitted around 8 years and still look good with very little maintenance required. They were cut then oiled before fitting, 6 coats and both sides as well (how many people oil the underneath of worktops prior to fitting I wonder)

Realise that all timber is differant but I suspect with yours that the initial 3 coats are justs not enough

I give mine a light oiling maybe twice a year (or maybe once) and they are totally impervious to water and all liquids, cup marks (both hot and cold) Spills just bead and sit on the surface ready to wipe away. Can’t remember what oil I’m using at moment but Osmo products are alway highly recommended

The only damage sustained has been a tin that ‘jumped’ out of cupboard as door was opened and dented the top and a bottle of oven cleaner that dribbled onto the worktop and has left a black mark

Once you get wooden worktops up...

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