Plastics are solid, moldable, lightweight, and cost-efficient. Plastics tend to add comfort, safety, and convenience to our daily lives. They are used in everyday life in a variety of ways including in pillows, blankets, carpets, crockery, and cutlery, drinking water bottles, in electronic devices, sports, and in kitchens. It works ideally as a packing material since it is waterproof and heat resistant to low temperatures.
Plastics are also anti-allergens and do not promote accumulation of dust and microorganisms when kept clean. Since plastic is a non-porous substance, it does not encourage growth and development of algae, water retention, or make good breeding grounds for insects. Rodents do not consume it, and vegetation cannot find root in the hard shell of plastic.
Just as plastic is versatile in many walks of life, it is especially useful in the kitchen and in offices. Plastic is an extremely clean surface, and acrylics (a type of plastic) and plastic laminates are excellent when used to maintain strict standards of health and hygiene.
Let us look at how you can implement hygienic plastic acrylic surfaces in your day to day life.
Plastic acrylic surfaces like Formica, Corian, Avonite, and Meganite are quite popular among homeowners. Acrylic countertops are also referred to as solid surface countertops and can be installed very quickly and easily. Unlike other materials like particle board substrates and plywood, plastic countertops do not require base materials for added strength and support.
Acrylic countertops are constructed with built-in support that does not rust, catch mold, become damp, or need regular reinforcement. This makes the base of acrylic countertops very hygienic amongst homeowners since children, elderly citizens, and pets are not affected by it.
Due to the nature of plastic acrylic countertops, they do not require regular cleaning and washing. You can easily maintain the countertops by wiping them clean with a few swipes of a damp washcloth or dishcloth. Some people also prefer using a dusting mop first and then wiping clean with a wet cleaning tissue.
Most acrylic countertops can also withstand strong abrasive cleansers without compromising its efficiency or durability. Since plastic is a non-reactive material, it does not interfere with regular maintenance and cleaning making plastic acrylic countertops extremely popular in daily kitchens, office pantries, and sometimes, even as office work tables.
They can also be cut out, molded to any shape and size, buffed, and blended to give a near perfect and seamless look. Acrylics and plastic laminates can also be used as kitchen backsplashes and can look uniform with the countertop to appear seamless. You can even use acrylic mirror sheets for a reflective glass like finish.
This quality of plastic helps promote cleanliness, prevents damp and mold from reaching the kitchen countertop, and can easily be cleaned to get rid of oil and food splashes. Families with children benefit significantly from acrylic and plastic laminate countertops since these materials are extremely hygienic and easy to clean.
Plastic acrylic surfaces are extremely durable and do not easily stain. As mentioned earlier, since these substances are non-reactive, they do not mix or merge easily with cooking chemicals, oils, or fats to cause stains. In case of excessive and prolonged turmeric or ink stains, it is effortless to clean acrylic surfaces with dish soap and a washcloth.
The non-porous composition of acrylics does not allow the countertop to breathe and therefore restricts the stains that may stick to the surface. Harsh stains that have solidified over time can easily be sanded out to reveal unblemished and clean, stain-free plastic beneath. This quality makes plastic acrylic countertops an extremely hygienic alternative to traditional surfaces like granite, marble, plywood, and so on.
If you prefer plastic laminate to acrylic, it is easily changeable and has all the hygienic benefits of acrylic countertops. Plastic laminates are durable, inexpensive, easy to purchase, and can be interchanged without too much of a hassle. Mounted on plywood, plastic laminate countertops are also hygienic for kitchens that see a lot of daily cooking and can withstand a lot of use.
These laminates resist grease and oil stains, are heat resistant, easy to install, and can be cleaned with water and dish soap. Since laminates sheets are glued to particle boards, wood, and surface strips, you can easily maintain a high standard of hygiene with regular cleaning.
Ensure you use a chopping board to chop and cut vegetables so that your plastic laminate lasts longer than other traditional surfaces. Wholly acrylic surfaces are not easy to interchange but are easier to maintain than plastic laminates.