Under normal use your countertop is very durable, but care should be taken to minimize certain conditions. Use cutting boards, chopping blocks or other protective elements when working on the countertop. DO NOT chop, slice, pound or hammer directly on the laminate surface. Knives or other sharp utensils can slice or scratch surface. Heavy blows from a hammer or meat tenderizer can crack or gouge surface. Ceramics and abrasive objects can scratch the surface. Use placemats, doilies or trivets to protect surface. DO NOT use abrasive cleaners, powders, steel wool, sand paper or scouring pads on the laminate surface.
HOT OBJECTS: Do not place hot objects directly on the countertop. Electric skillets, waffle irons, curling irons, hot rollers etc. can damage the surface. Do not iron or place iron on laminate surface. Avoid cigarette contact. Prolonged exposure to temperatures of 140 degrees F (60 degrees C) or higher may cause the laminate to separate from the core material.