34 35 Use & Care Formica® Brand Laminate and ColorCore® surfacing material are designed for beauty and durability. Like any surfacing materials, however, they can be damaged by abuse and carelessness. When you use them where recommended and care for them properly, they will give you years of satisfaction. Trademark and Copyright Information Before selecting the surface material, consider the type of use it will receive, as well as its texture, color, and reflective values. A roughtextured surface has different advantages, depending upon use, than a smooth-textured surface. High gloss finish laminates for example, are not recommended for use in heavyduty applications such as countertops. Scratch and Impact Protection: Formica® Brand Laminate and ColorCore® surfacing material are resistant to scratches and impacts under normal use conditions. Use cutting boards, chopping blocks, or other protective surfaces. A) Do not chop, slice, pound, or hammer on any laminate surface. B) Knives or other sharp utensils may slice or scratch the surface. C) Heavy blows from a hammer or meat tenderizer may crack or gouge the surface. D) Use place mats, doilies, and trivets on laminate surfaces when necessary. Ceramics and abrasive objects can cause scratching and premature wear — do not slide these items across surface. Follow recommendations for cleaning — do not use abrasive cleaners, powders, steel wool, sandpaper, or Scotch-Brite® scouring pads (see Cleaning section to the right). Hot Objects: Cookware still hot from the stove or oven, as well as electric skillets, wafﬂe irons, curling irons, and hot rollers, etc., should not be placed directly on laminate surfaces. Prolonged exposure to temperatures of 140°F (60°C) or higher may cause the laminate to separate from the core material. Avoid ironing or placing a hot iron on laminate surfaces. Do not place lighted cigarettes directly on laminate surfaces. Use a trivet, insulated hot pad or other protective device beneath all hot cookware, heat generating appliances, or other heated objects. Formica® Brand Laminate and ColorCore® surfacing material can withstand heat up to 275°F (135°C) for short periods of time. Ordinary Cleaning: Formica® Brand Laminate and ColorCore® surfacing material are very easy to clean. A) In most cases, y ou only need to use a clean, damp, non-abrasive cotton cloth and a mild liquid detergent or household cleaner. B) Rinse with clean water, using a clean, nonabrasive cotton cloth. C) Do not ﬂood the laminate, especially near seams, since water can penetrate and cause the substrate to swell. D) Dry the surface with a soft, clean, non-abrasive cotton cloth. Cleaning Speciﬁc Finishes Type: For speciﬁc types of surfaces, use the following care guidelines. Sculptured and Dimensional Finish Laminate: These surfaces may require special attention to clean the depressed areas. Use a nylonbristled hand or vegetable brush, along with a mild liquid detergent-and-water solution or household cleaner. Clean the soiled area, using a rotating motion. Rinse and dry the surface as indicated. High-Gloss Finish Laminate: If residual streaks and smears remain after normal cleaning, use a mild glass cleaner and then dry with a clean, non-abrasive cotton cloth. Chemical Damage: Never use cleaners containing acid, alkali, or sodium hypochlorite. These cleaners will mar, etch, corrode, and permanently discolor the laminate surface. Also, make sure that bottles, rags, and other materials contaminated with these cleaners never contact the laminate surface. Examples of cleaners containing acid, alkaline, or sodium hypochlorite include, but are not limited to: drain cleaners, rust removers, coffeepot cleaners, metal cleaners, tub and tile cleaners, chlorine bleach, oven cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, lime scale removers, ceramic cooktop cleaners and some countertop cleaners. For more information on Formica® Brand Products call: United States 1-800-FORMICA™ In Canada call 1-800-363-1405 In Mexico call 525-530-3135 Formica, the Formica Logo, ColorCore & Formations are registered trademarks of The Diller Corporation or its subsidiaries. 1-800-FORMICA is a trademark of The Diller Corporation or its subsidiaries. Playmobil is a registered trademark of PLAYMOBIL® USA Inc. Peaceful Blue, Steel, Dark Chocolate, Sol, Lime, Neon Yellow, Vibrant Green, Grenadine, Cassis, Organic Green, Wenge Woodline, Maple Woodline, Smoky Walnut Woodline, Cherry Woodcut, Mahogany Woodcut, Natural Cane, Latte Walnut, Macchiato Walnut, Zebrano, Ebony, Choco Figured Mahogany, Mokka Figured Mahogany, Glass Plastique, Electric Plastique, Orange Pop Plastique, Atomic Orange, Atomic Turf, Metal Sun, Metal Sky, Mineral Spa, Lava Spa, Blue Spa, Skylark Boomerang, Coral Boomerang, Charcoal Boomerang, Aqua Boomerang, VirrVarr White, and VirrVarr Light Blue are all copyrighted designs of The Diller Corporation, 2005. All rights reserved. Autumn Indian Slate, Baltic Granite, Basalt Slate, Beluga, Beluga Beige, Himalayan Slate, Labrador Granite, Madras Indian Slate, Painted Screen, Rattan Cane, Reﬁned Butcherblock, Shoji Screen and Silk Screen are all copyrighted designs of The Diller Corporation, 2004. All rights reserved. Air, Grass, Breeze Solidz, Russet Solidz, Teal Solidz, Storm Solidz, Sisal Mat, Batik Mat, Tatami Mat, Metal Ocean, Metal Earth, Camel Leather, Saddle Leather, Cocoa Leather, Bamboo Cane, Flint Crystall, Sand Crystall, Silica Quartzite, Bottlegreen Quartzite, Lava Quartzite, Perlato Granite, Giallo Granite, Rosso Granite, Azul Granite and Travertine are all copyrighted designs of The Diller Corporation, 2003. All rights reserved. Buffed Aluminum, Buffed Nickel, Titanium Tread, Industrial Tread, MDF Solidz, Cardboard Solidz, Chalk Solidz, Nature Solidz, Yellow Solidz, Red Solidz, Blue Solidz, Purple Solidz, Corkboard, Seasoned Corkboard, Pencil Wood, and Zebra Wood are all copyrighted designs of The Diller Corporation, 2002. All rights reserved. Straw Terra, Sky Terra, Cotton Paper, Natural Paper, Bisque Ceramic, Ashen Ceramic, Cinder Ceramic, Zinc Ceramic, Gilded Glaze, Celadon Glaze, Fired Glaze, Burnished Glaze, String.net, Wire.net, Bungee. net, Flax Gauze, Jute Gauze, Copper Gauze, Metallic Gauze, Fresh Paint, Urban Paint, Zen Paint, Bottleglass, Sparkle Glass, Butterum Granite, Ubatuba Granite, Jamocha Granite, Portico Marble, Tuscan Marble, Natural Cherry, Cognac Maple and Cocoa Maple are all copyrighted designs of The Diller Corporation, 2001. All rights reserved. Carrara, Pebble, Saltillo, Jasper, Lapis and Noir Envision are copyrighted designs of The Diller Corporation, 1999. Stone, Leaves, Crayon and Lacquer are copyrighted designs of The Diller Corporation, 1999. All rights reserved. Figured and Violin Figured Annigre, Ginger Root Maple, Natural and Cherry Birch are copyrighted designs of The Diller Corporation, 1999. All rights reserved. Terra, Wash, Erosion and Metalcraft are copyrighted designs of The Diller Corporation, 1995. All rights reserved. Canvas, Foliage, Graﬁx, Slate, Acajou Mahogany, African Limba, Amber Maple, Chestnut Burl, Copper Beech, Select Cherry, Vosges Pear and Wild Cherry are copyrighted designs of The Diller Corporation, 1994. All rights reserved. Omega Granite, Granito and Volcano are copyrighted designs of The Diller Corporation, 1993. All rights reserved. Black Faux Marble, Brushing, Fleck, Oxide and Lacewood are copyrighted designs of The Diller Corporation, 1992. All rights reserved. Onyx is a copyrighted design of The Diller Corporation, 1979. All rights reserved. Environmental Awareness Formica Corporation is an environmentally responsible company that has active programs underway in all areas of environmental management. The following information summarizes the efforts of Formica Corporation in the areas of raw material management, solid waste management and air pollution control. Raw Material Management Formica Corporation uses stainless steel plates to impart surface on the majority of laminates it produces. This process replaced a paper release system, thereby saving thousands of trees per year and conserving the energy resources required to convert the trees into paper. In addition, by not using release paper, Formica Corporation has reduced the amount of scrap paper it sends to landﬁll by as much as 80,000 cubic yards per year. Formica Corporation uses water-based phenolic and melamine resins in the manufacturing process. The wood used in the manufacturing of Formica® Brand Laminate ﬁller paper comes from non-rainforest timber. Formica Corporation has eliminated the use of heavy metals in its decorative papers. Waste Management Laminate residues generated during the manufacturing process are burned in Formica Corporation power boilers. This signiﬁcantly reduces the amount of solid waste sent to landﬁlls and reduces the use of non-renewable fuels such as natural gas and coal. Formica Corporation composts 80% of the solid waste generated at its Ohio facility. Sample chips are recycled by Formica Corporation corporate and distributor sales representatives. All current items are recollated into new sample sets. Air Pollution Controls Formica Corporation controls particulate emissions at all of its manufacturing facilities with control devices that operate at 99% efﬁciency. Formica Corporation has installed state-of-the-art equipment to control Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions at the Ohio and California facilities. Because of this equipment and ongoing projects, VOC emissions have steadily decreased over the last few years. In recent years, Formica Corporation has replaced solvent-based phenolic resins with water-based phenolic resins, thereby greatly reducing VOC emissions. In summary, the management of Formica Corporation believes it is our responsibility to help preserve the environment. We will continue to make changes in all areas of our operation, wherever feasible, in support of this belief.