Don’t Use Knives on Laminate
One of the main draws of butcher-block countertops is how any part of the surface can be used as a de-facto cutting board. If you’ve got laminate countertops you might be tempted to treat them the same way, but you shouldn’t.
Also to know is, can mold grow on laminate countertops?
Moisture on your laminate flooring can cause mold, which is not only unattractive, but can irritate allergies if left unattended. If you notice mold stains on your flooring, use nonabrasive, antimicrobial chemicals to clean the mold away without damaging the laminate floor.
One may also ask, how do you attach a cutting board to a countertop?
If you used a router, level the surface and sand it so that the board will fit into the hole tightly without rocking. Apply adhesive to the surface of the cutout and set the board in place. Press down on it to make sure it bonds tightly. Cover the board with cloth and weight it.
How do you cut Formica without chipping?
You can minimize the potential for chipping if you use a finish blade with lots of teeth, making sure the sharp is keen. You can further reduce the chance of chipping by using masking tape along the cut line and cutting through the tape. As with all cutting, measure at least twice and mark the line well and clearly.
To protect your cutting board, you have to apply oil to seal the surface of the hardwood.
- Squeeze a liberal amount of butcher block wood oil or food-grade mineral oil onto a cloth rag.
- Apply the oil to all sides of the wood by rubbing thoroughly.
- Reapply until the wood stops absorbing the oil.
- Let it dry overnight.
Formica is glued to plywood in the manufacturing of kitchen countertops or any time a waterproof surface is needed. Contact cement is used to glue Formica to plywood; wood glue will not work. Contact cement bonds permanently on contact and provides the necessary barrier to prevent moisture from penetrating.
Durable melamine construction stands up to cuts, scrapes, and falls. Its also lightweight and dishwasher safe. A great cheeseboard or serving tray for appetizers, snacks. Its a great solution for kids and indoor or outdoor parties.
Microban antimicrobial technology is built into the product during the manufacturing process providing 24/7 protection against harmful bacteria both inside and on the surface for the lifespan of the cutting boards. And, their soft grip nonslip edges prevent slipping on even the slickest countertops.
Maple. Maple — specifically, sugar maple or hard maple — is the most popular choice for cutting boards. Maple is a hard, closed-grain wood. This means that it’s durable, able to resist bacteria, and features just the right amount of hardness.
Top 5 Safest, Eco-friendly Cutting Board Picks Available
- John Boos Edge-grain Maple Cutting Board.
- John Boos End-grain Maple Wood Cutting Board.
- Sonder LA’s Walnut End-grain Cutting Board.
- Notrax Sani-Tuff Rubber Cutting Board.
- Greener Chef Organic Bamboo Cutting Board.
What to Avoid
- Abrasive pads like scouring powders, steel wool, Scotch-Brite® and sandpaper.
- Abrasive cleaners like scouring powders, Ajax®, Comet® or Magic Erasers.
- Acidic or Alkali based cleansers like ceramic cooktop cleaners, oven cleaners, rust removers, lime scale removers, tub and tile cleaners.
Wooden cutting boards
Dean O. Cliver found in his studies that wooden cutting boards are the most hygienic of all cutting board materials. He mentioned in his studies that the “wooden cutting boards are more resistant to bacterial contamination than plastic, fiberglass or polyethylene.”
I would avoid open-pored woods like ash and red oak, which will be harder to keep clean from food stains. Pine might impart a resinous taste, and it’s soft so will show cutting scars from knives more easily than a harder wood like maple.