Phenolic Resin Countertops are popularly used as laboratory countertops and are considerably durable. Their non-porous surfaces are resistant to heat, moisture, and most chemicals. Despite their durability, they do require regular care and maintenance. Proper cleaning of the countertops can extend their life cycle and ensure the work surface is smooth and unaffected.
Cleaning Phenolic Resin Countertops
It is recommended to conduct monthly inspections of the work surfaces, giving particular attention to joints and epoxy sink areas to ensure the work area is safe and uncontaminated.
To effectively clean Phenolic Resin Countertops, it is essential to follow these guidelines:
Recommended Materials For Cleaning The CounterTops:
- Chamois Cloth
- Non-abrasive Scotch Brite pads (used wet or moist)
- Goo-Gone or De-solvit, for getting tape residue, wax, or paraffin off the surface.
- Non-abrasive household cleaners, such as Palmolive Liquid mild soap
- Sponges or Cleaning Rags
- Isopropyl Alcohol, Mineral Spirits or Acetone
- Scott’s Liquid Gold mineral Oil or WD-40 Oil
Recommended Phenolic Work Surface Care:
- Any chemical or hard water spills must be wiped off immediately;
- A soft rag can be used with Isopropyl alcohol or acetone for thorough cleaning of the surfaces;
- After application, it must be completely wiped off;
- Use a non-abrasive sponge and a mild soap to clean the countertops;
- Wash away all soap with clear water and dry the surface;
- An occasional finish of light oil rubbing on the countertops can then be applied;
- Wipe off any excess oil to prevent surface clouding.
While these guidelines will help you clean and maintain phenolic resin countertops, care is still required to protect them from more severe damage. If the surface faces more severe damages such as stains from chemicals and abrasions and scratches from dragging rough, heavy objects on the countertop, it adds to decrease its lifespan. Prevention and proper care are the only solutions for protecting and extending the life of the countertops, as cleaning cannot reverse such damages.