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How to Keep Your Formica Laminate Looking Good

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Formica laminate is an affordable option for Cottage Grove homeowners that are looking for a budget-friendly way to remodel their kitchen. This type of laminate countertop is one of the best on the market today, and it is hugely popular among homeowners looking for a cost-effective way to get new countertops that will look good for years to come. Here are a few tips on how to keep your Formica laminate looking as good as the day it was installed.

Be Gentle

Your Formica laminate will last for a long time if you refrain from chopping, cutting, slicing, hammering or pounding on it. If you cut vegetables, fruit or other food on the surface of your Formica laminate, use a cutting board. Try to avoid sitting or standing on the countertops too. Also, you don’t want to slide ceramics or other abrasive objects across the surface of the counters. This might cause the surface to scratch or it might cause premature wear.

Use Hot Pads

When you want to place a hot pan or dish on your Formica laminate, be sure to use a hot pad or trivet. If the countertops are exposed to a hot material for a long period of time, it could cause the laminate to separate from its core material. This will help keep the surface from scorching and will help your laminate countertops enjoy a longer life.

Wipe Up Spills

If something spills on your Formica laminate, take the time to wipe it up as soon as possible after it happens. This is especially important if the spill happens near the seam of the countertop. If water or another liquid gets in there, it can eventually cause the countertops to split. Just wipe up the spill using a non-abrasive cloth. You can also use a mild soap for tougher-to-clean spills.

Use the Right Cleaner

A mild soap or detergent is your best bet for cleaning up spills. Just be sure you don’t use a cleaner that contains sodium hypochlorite, acid or alkali. Cleaners to avoid include tub and tile cleaners, chlorine bleach, lime scale removers, oven cleaners and metal cleaners. Some type of all-purpose cleaner is usually a good choice. Be sure to use a dry or damp soft cloth too.

Are you interested in learning more about Formica laminate in Cottage Grove? Call Imperial Counters at 651-437-3903 or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.

Wilsonart and Formica: Laminate and Solid Surface Countertops

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Wilsonart and Formica are popular Woodbury countertop choices. Not only are both of these brands some of the best in the business, but they offer a variety of countertop options for homeowners, including laminate and solid surface countertops that come in an array of color and pattern choices. We’re going to give you a brief rundown of their two most popular countertop choices: laminate and solid surface.

Laminate

Wilsonart and Formica both manufacture laminate counters. Laminate is one of the most popular choices for countertops because they are so easy to keep clean and maintained. They are non-porous, so they easily resist grease and other stains, and all you need to clean them are soap and water. They are a cost-effective and budget-friendly option, and they are really durable and long-lasting. Wilsonart and Formica laminate are great choices for busy families because they are so easy to maintain.

Another reason laminate is so popular is because the color and patterning are always uniform. They do not crack or chip that easily either. Just be sure to use a cutting board when needed and put a pot holder under hot plates and sauce pans.

Solid Surface

Solid surface counters are also made by both Wilsonart and Formica. Like their laminate counterparts, they are easily to keep clean and easy to maintain. They are also non-porous, so you will never have to worry about having them sealed. They also come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. And nowadays, solid surface counters are nearly seamless.

Wilsonart and Formica solid surface countertops are also a budget-friendly option for those remodeling their kitchens. The best part about solid surface countertops is that they can be used with any type of sink. So you will not be limited with your sink choices if you opt for solid surface countertops.

You can also get solid surface countertops buffed and renewed instead of having new ones put in. If you have them buffed properly, they will look like new again.

Wilsonart and Formica are both solid brands with a great reputation for manufacturing high-quality countertops. We can give you more information about both of these brands when you call us to get more information or when you visit our showroom on Spiral Blvd. in Hastings.

Are you ready to learn more about Wilsonart and Formica in Woodbury? Call Imperial Counters at 651-437-3903, or you can contact us and get a Free Estimate.

How to Find the Best Countertop Contractors

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When it comes to countertop contractors in the Twin Cities, you get what you pay for. So you want to make sure you hire countertop contractors that will do the job right the first time, like the ones here at Imperial Counters. Here are a few things you should look for when hiring a company to install your new counters.

Word-of-Mouth Recommendations

Ask your friends and neighbors about any countertop contractors they have used in the past. You should ask about the entire experience from start to finish – how they found the contractors, what sort of countertop options they had available, how easy it was to work with them and stay in contact with them, etc. Good countertop contractors will stay in constant communication with you and will be available to answer your questions. If your friends or neighbors had a bad experience with any particular countertop contractors, you want to know this information too. Ask what happened and how the problem was resolved.

Ask to See Work Samples

When you contact countertop contractors, ask to see samples of their work or to read some testimonials from happy customers. You can also go online and read reviews on sites like Yelp, Angie’s List and Google+ to read what others have written about the contractors.

Get a Written Estimate

When your countertop contractors visit your home or business to look at what needs to be done, make sure you get a written estimate. Be sure you fill them in on everything you want – from what brand of countertops to the material to where they will eventually be installed. Be up front about your budget and expectations to make sure they match up with what the countertop contractors can do for you.

Trust Your Gut

In the end, new countertops can be a big investment. Just be sure to trust your gut. If something seems fishy or sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Take the time to do your homework, learn more about the countertops industry, interview contractors and make sure you feel comfortable with the decision you are making. If anything seems amiss, don’t hesitate to ask more questions and do more research.

Of course, finding reliable countertop contractors is easy when you call us at Imperial Counters!

When you want to learn more about countertop contractors in the Twin Cities, call us at 651-437-3903 or you can get a Free Estimate.

The Benefits of Laminate Cabinets

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We here at Imperial Counter love laminate cabinets, and there are many reasons we recommend laminate commercial cabinets in Plymouth and beyond. These counters are manufactured in Hastings, but they are very popular all over. Here are a few of our favorites.

Easy to Clean

Laminate commercial cabinets are incredibly easy to keep clean. All you need is a damp sponge and a mild household cleaner. There is no need to worry about sealing them either.

Cost Effective

You can get the look of real wood or other materials with laminate commercial cabinets but without breaking the bank. And when people see your new cabinets, they will never know they are laminate (unless you want them to!). And even if you don’t get the wood finish to them, laminate cabinets are still pleasing to the eye.

Easy Installation

For laminate commercial cabinets, the installation time is usually less than for other types of cabinets, even if you get custom ones made. And custom laminate commercial cabinets can be in just about any style or color you can think of, so the sky is the limit when it comes to these types of cabinets!

Durability

Laminate commercial cabinets are incredibly durable and long-lasting, so that makes them a great option for businesses of all sizes. Laminate is tough to dent and scratch and with the proper care, they could last for several years.

Aesthetics

Depending on the type of laminate commercial cabinets you buy, they can look so much like real wood that you could never tell the difference. So no matter which part of your office or business you are remodeling, if you are working within a set budget, these are a great choice. You get beautiful cabinets that are the perfect complement to any office’s style and decorations.

Ready to learn more about laminate commercial cabinets in Plymouth? Call Imperial Counters at 651-437-3903 or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.

Silestone and Karran Sinks

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When it’s time to select the perfect sink for your new kitchen, there are a variety of options on the market for you to choose from. But when it comes to sinks in the Twin Cities, we know a thing or two, and there are two brands of sinks in particular we recommend to our customers: Silestone Sinks and Karran Sinks.

Silestone Sinks

Silestone is a leading producer of sinks made out of engineered quartz. One of their most popular sinks is the Integrity Sink. And the reason we love this sink so much is simple: it can be molded into your new quartz countertops so there is no seam! This sink is both practical and elegant. It is only one piece and it is made entirely out of Silestone, which means you never have to worry about needing to seal it, plus it’s resistant to heat, stains and scratches. This type of sink is a great way to add beauty to your kitchen without sacrificing durability.

Karran Sinks

Karran Sinks are another great way to style without sacrificing functionality to your new kitchen. This is the only type of sink on the market today that can be undermounted in laminate. These sinks are made out of stainless steel, acrylic or quartz, and they are the perfect complement to any home. They are an affordable option, which makes them incredibly budget-friendly. And with such a wide selection of sinks to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect one to match your new kitchen!

We even offer a special on sinks. When you buy 40 square feet or more of laminate counters, you get a free stainless steel drop-in kitchen sink. Or when you buy 40 square feet or more of quartz or granite counters, you can get a free undermount stainless steel sink.

Are you ready to learn more about sinks in the Twin Cities? Then give us a call here at Imperial Counters! Call us at 651-437-3903 or get a Free Estimate.