Repairing Loose Laminate Countertops
Posted Feb 16th 2014 | By:
From time to time, glue bonds wear out and loosen. One place in particular that this happens is when it comes to laminate countertops. The top of the counter itself will probably never be much of an issue, or if it is, you will not likely notice as we tend to keep things on our countertops that weigh them down. What is noticeable, however, is when the sides of a laminate countertop come loose. They may catch or grab onto your clothes or may just pull away from the rest of the countertop and create an eyesore. Either way, these issues need to be repaired fairly early on before a small issue becomes a much bigger one as those pieces of countertop can snap and break.
One reason your laminate countertop is pulling apart could be due to the glue deactivating. In this case, all the glue needs is a little encouragement to adhere your countertop components together once again. A good form of encouragement in this case is the application of heat. In order not to scar your countertop, take a towel and fold it in half over the affected area. Then take an iron and make a few passes over the towel, being sure not to touch the countertop itself or any nearby walls. Also do not keep the iron in place for more than a few seconds. With a little luck, the heat from the iron will restore tackiness to the glue, making your countertops bond together once again.
If the iron trick fails, however, you may be faced with a need to create a new bond for your countertops to again stick together. Creating this bond can be done with a type of glue known as contact cement. This particular glue can get the job done but needs to be applied in a particular manner for it to work. Gently pry apart the area of your countertop where you are having adhesion problems and prop the two pieces apart with something such as a clothespin. Then apply a layer of glue to the two surface areas you need to bond together, but keep them from touching for about twenty minutes or so. At that time, check back and your contact glue should appear to take on a glossy appearance. Once this gloss is visible, the contact cement is ready to go and you can let the two pieces bond together once again. Apply some pressure momentarily when those areas meet again your countertop should be good as new.
While one of these two processes will probably work for you, it is impossible to know which is better for your situation until you try both. Starting with the iron technique can save you time and a trip to the store for contact cement that you might not need. Just be careful when using the iron so you do not burn yourself or any of the surfaces in your home. Likewise, while using the contact cement, try not to be overzealous so you do not wind up with any unnecessary cleanup work before getting back to enjoying once again having wholly functional countertops in your home.
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