Hartson-Kennedy Laminate Cleaning

Apr 18, 2023 | Cleaning

Steps for Everyday Cleaning

    1. Use a clean, damp, non-abrasive cotton cloth and a mild liquid detergent or household cleaner. Clean the soiled area using a rotating motion.
    2. Next, rinse with clean water, using a clean, non-abrasive cotton cloth. Take care not to flood the laminate, especially near seams.
    3. Dry the surface with a soft, clean, non-abrasive cotton cloth.

Do Use:

    • Liquid dish soap like Dawn®
    • Fantastik® All Purpose Cleaner
    • Formula 409®
    • Pine-Sol®(original formula)
    • Windex®
    • Glass Plus®
    • Mr. Clean®
    • Isopropyl Alchol (Isopropanol)
    • Non-abrasive cotton cloth (microfiber) or nylon-bristle brush

Don’t Use:

    • Abrasive pads – like scouring powders, steel wool, Scotch-Brite and sandpaper
    • Abrasive cleaners like scouring powders, Ajax®, Comet®, Magic Eraser
    • Acidic or Alkali based Cleansers*
    • Drain cleaners containing lye*
    • Oven cleaners on an unprotected countertop*
    • Rust removers*
    • Toilet bowl cleaners*

*If the above cleansers contact your laminate surface, wipe up immediately, wash surface with Liquid dish soap like Dawn®, rinse, and dry.

Removing Tough Stains

    1. Apply a recommended cleanser and allow it to draw out the stain.
        • Acetone
        • Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl)
        • Ethanol
    2. Clean using a rotating motion. If a cotton cloth or sponge doesn’t do the trick, try using a nylon-bristle brush.
    3. Rinse with water and dry the surface. Remember, it is important to remove all cleanser from the surface.

Removing persistent stains

    1. Create a paste of baking soda and water and apply with a soft bristled brush. *

*Although baking soda is a low abrasive, excessive scrubbing or exerting too much force could damage the decorative surface, especially if it has a gloss finish.

    1. Apply the bleach or nail polish remover to your laminate surface*
    2. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and wipe dry.

*This step may be repeated if the stain appears to be going away and the color of the laminate has not been affected.

WARNING: Prolonged exposure of the laminate surface to bleach will cause discoloration.

Recommended products and cleaning tools for different situations

Situation Recommended Product Cleaning Tool
Super glue Acetone (nail polish remover) Non-abrasive cotton cloth (microfiber)
Oil-based paint, varnish, or lacquer Solvent Non-abrasive cotton cloth (microfiber)
Stains Acetone or rubbing alcohol Non-abrasive cotton cloth (microfiber) or nylon-bristle brush
Tougher stains Paste of baking soda and water Non-abrasive cotton cloth (microfiber)
Daily cleaning Fantastik®, Formula 409®, Windex®, Liquid dish soap (Dawn®) Non-abrasive cotton cloth (microfiber)
Daily Disinfecting Quaternary Ammonium, Alcohols (Isopropanol, Ethanol), Sodium Hypochlorite (Bleach), Hydrogen Peroxides


Examples of Quaternary Ammonium Examples of Sodium Hypochlorite (Bleach)
Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes Clorox Healthcare® Bleach Germicidal Wipes
Clorox Healthcare® VersaSure® Wipes Ultra Clorox® Brand Regular Bleach (8.25%)
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox Healthcare® Bleach Germicidal Cleaner Spray
Disinfecting Wipes Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach2
Lysol® Disinfecting Wipes (All Scents) CloroxPro™ Clorox® Germicidal Bleach
Lysol® Brand All Purpose Cleaner CPPC Ultra Bleach 2
Sani-Cloth® Germicidal Disposable Cloth Sani-Cloth® Bleach Germicidal Disposable Wipe
Super Sani-Cloth® Germicidal Disposable Wipe Caviwipes™ Bleach
Virex™ II 256 Cavicide™ Bleach
Fantastik® Multi-Surface Disinfectant Dispatch ®
Degreaser Lysol® Brand Bleach Mold and Mildew
Envy® Liquid Disinfectant Cleaner Remover