How to Clean Laminate and Veneer

Cleaning laminate vs veneer hotel furniture

As professionals in the hotel industry, we know that cleanliness is a top priority. In fact, the mantra of every hotel should be centered around these wise words: When you are finished cleaning – clean again!

Everything in a hotel needs to be cleaned on a regular basis, and your furniture is no exception. Just as there are a variety of different types of furniture, there are also different requirements for cleaning each of them.

Here are some tips on how to best clean veneer and laminate, two of the most popular types of hotel furniture material. 

Laminate Vs Veneer Furniture for Hotels

Furniture is a huge part of any hotel, and therefore takes up a good percentage of the budget. Proper maintenance and cleaning of hotel furniture is crucial to ensure it stays in the best shape possible for the comfort of guests and the budget of the hotel.

To know the best way to clean them, it is important to know the difference in the furniture material:

● Laminate Furniture – Laminate furnishings are a more affordable option than veneer and offer a sturdy furniture material that is perfect for high traffic areas like hotels. Laminate furniture creates the look of real wood grain, using synthetic materials that is lighter much more scratch and stain resistant than wood.

● Wood Veneer Furniture – Wood veneer furniture is made with less expensive materials such as particle board and then covered in a thin outer layer of real hardwood. The veneer pieces offer the look and feel of real wood, with a much lower price tag, however, do not consider veneer furniture as being cheap or poor quality, as some of the most popular names in furniture, such as Chippendale, are veneer.

The Best Way to Clean Laminate Furniture

The best way to clean laminate furniture is to keep it dusted regularly. This also stops dust from accumulating and keeps guest allergies at bay.

Because laminate is not porous like wood, typical furniture polishes will not clean it. Believe it or not, the best way to clean laminate furniture is with soap and water. Using a warm, wet microfiber cloth, wipe down the surface to remove dust and dirt. Follow up with a dry microfiber cloth to soak up any moisture left behind.

For tough stains, mix some mild soap with the warm water and scrub small areas or a small amount of non-ammonia-based glass cleaner.

In addition, to maintain laminate furniture and keep it looking its best, be sure to keep it out of direct sunlight to avoid fading, avoid exposure to water of any type, and be careful with hot or cold drinks, as permanent rings can form and ruin the furniture.

The Best Way to Clean Veneer Furniture

Cleaning veneer furniture follows many of the rules as laminate furniture. The key is to keep the furniture dusted on a regular basis and avoid abrasive cleaners and polishes that will cause wax build-up.

For the best results, use soap and water for cleaning with a microfiber cloth that will pick up dust particles instead of just pushing them around. For the repair of small scratches on veneer furniture, simply apply oil polish to the area and massage with a soft microfiber cloth until the scratch fades away.

In addition, veneer is sensitive to water and can get serious damage from condensation. Veneer is also sensitive to hot plates or cups, which can cause it to blister and damage the finish.

One important cleaning tip for veneer and laminate is to remember to avoid using ammonia-based cleaners on both types of furniture, as the harsh chemicals can cause damage to the surface.

Ask Your Manufacturer About The Best Way to Care for Hotel Furniture

Whether you have laminate or veneer furniture in the hotel you manage, own, or design, it is important to properly clean and maintain the furniture in the common areas as well as rooms for the best guest experience possible.

While these cleaning tips are good to keep in mind, the best way to care for your unique hotel furniture is to ask your manufacturer what is best.

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