HPL (High-Pressure Laminate) furniture is a type of furniture that uses laminates as the outermost coating material, while HPL is a decorative material made of kraft paper and pressed at high temperatures after going through various processes. This kind of furniture is usually used in environments that are often exposed to water or moisture, such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms. However, to keep HPL furniture looking new and well maintained, proper care is needed. Here are some tips for caring for HPL furniture.
1. Do Not Use Harsh Chemicals for Cleaning
First of all, avoid using hard and harsh chemicals to clean laminated furniture. Just use a soft, wet wipe cloth to clean the surface of the furniture. For slightly stubborn stains, you can use regular soap, then rinse thoroughly and wipe dry. Avoid vigorously scrubbing the surface, as this can damage the laminate finish and scratch the surface.
2. Don't Leave Spilled Liquid on the HPL for Too Long
In addition, avoid letting liquid spill on the surface of HPL furniture, because this material is made of 'paper' and it still porous so it is very possible for stains to seep in. As soon as possible clean the liquid with a soft cloth that has been moistened with water. Don't let it sit for too long because it can make the liquid seep in and leave stains.
3. Avoid Exposure to Direct Sunlight
It is also important to avoid exposure to heat and direct sunlight on HPL furniture. This can cause the color of the furniture to fade and the laminate to peel off. Because in general HPL does not have an anti-UV coating, make sure to place HPL furniture in a place that is not exposed to direct sunlight. However, in some products HPL is available with an anti-UV coating, so make sure you choose the HPL product specifications that are suitable for their use.
4. Keep HPL Furniture away from sharp objects
Also, don't use sharp or hard objects such as knives or scissors to cut or slice anything on the surface of HPL furniture. This can damage the laminate and damage the surface of the furniture. If the HPL is scratched it will create a hole which will later become a gap for water to enter, in the long run this will cause mold on the back of the HPL layer and can even damage the furniture material (especially wood or particleboard material) due to contact with the seeping water.
5. Avoid Too Heavy Loads on HPL Materials
The last one, make sure to avoid placing over loaded objects on top of the HPL furniture. Heavy objects can damage the laminate and make the furniture uneven. So, make sure to avoid placing heavy objects on furniture that uses HPL materials.
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By applying the maintenance tips above, you can extend the life of your HPL furniture and keep it looking new and well maintained. Remember to clean HPL furniture regularly and avoid using harsh and strong chemicals. If you care for your HPL furniture properly, you will be able to enjoy its beauty for many years forward.