There are many great choices for resin laboratory countertops. Epoxy Resin and Phenolic Resin both have beneficial properties in a laboratory setting. Whether you are looking for chemical or flame resistance, there is a resin countertop that will fit your need. Caring for your lab countertops is an important step to maintaining your laboratory environment.
Epoxy resin countertops are made from resin mixed with hardener. Therefore, they are durable and can handle many types of chemical spills. Furthermore, Epoxy is flame and moisture resistant. On the other hand, there are phenolic resin tops, which are made from resin poured over layers of natural kraft paper. These countertops are durable and resistant to bacteria and scratches. In the end, both can withstand many types of laboratory environments.
To maintain the lifespan of your epoxy or phenolic resin tops, be sure to clean them properly. The first thing you should know is never use abrasives to care for lab countertops. To clarify, avoid cleaners like Comet or baking soda, as well as scrubbing or scouring pads. They may seem to help at first, but in the end these cleaners will dull the surface of the countertops. Additionally, you should avoid the use of rubbing alcohol or cleaning agents with bleach. For daily cleaning, use gentle cleaning agents. For example, dish soap or non-abrasive household soaps are great cleaning agents. After wiping down any type of resin surface with water or cleaning agent, follow with a dry cloth to avoid water spots. Furthermore, you can keep your countertops looking new by using mineral oil once per month to maintain shine. Lastly, always remember to avoid wax or polishes.
If you notice deep scratches or gouges in your resin countertop, it might be time to refinish the surface. The experts at Haldeman Homme work with top-of-the-line resin countertop specialists Durcon and American Epoxy Scientific. They will help you decide what your next step is in caring for your lab countertops. Haldeman Homme specializes in maintenance on your entire lab. Contact our laboratory specialists to learn more.
* Taking these steps does not guarantee that no harm will come to your countertops. When in doubt, have an expert review your space.