Melamine panels are the most common material used in the kitchen to create fronts and cabinets. This versatile and easy to clean material is affordable and with regularly controlled low emissions of formaldehyde.
What is Melamine?
Melamine is a wood particle board panel finished on two sides in decorative paper, soaked in melamine resins, from which it takes its name. During this process, referred to as “ennobling” and which serves to fix the two sheets in a press, it assumes different aesthetic and tactile characteristics. During this phase the reliefs of wood grains or concrete textures are impressed to obtain the latest properties desired by the furniture market, at affordable costs. Melamine is both economical and attractive because it is easy and fast to work with, providing “finished” surfaces that require no additional painting. What is more, finishing papers are increasingly more realistic, durable and resistant to scratching and solvents, which makes them ideal for everyday use in the kitchen.
Characteristics of Melamine
Melamines are widely appreciated in the kitchen for their resistance to scratches and stains. This affordable material is also available in a wide variety of finishes. Melamines range from a broad selection of colours to the reproduction of numerous wood, concrete and fabric textures. Melamine finishes are applied to raw particle board panels with minimum emissions of formaldehyde (class E1, UNI EN 13986/2005).
Melamine Kitchen Cabinets
Melamine is often used to construct cabinetry, the structure of any kitchen. Doimo Cucine, for example, not only respects European regulations for kitchen cabinets, but uses the most performing melamines available. The panels we use are ecological, made from 100% recycled wood material, FSC certified type P3, in other words, for use in humid environments like the kitchen. Formaldehyde emission levels are within the limits imposed by the Japanese F**** regulation, up to five times lower than those mandated by European regulations.
Melamine Kitchen Fronts
In the kitchen, melamine panels are used for fronts, thanks above all to a vast range of available finishes and high resistance values. They can be made of different materials and in different thicknesses, depending on the manufacturer and each individual kitchen collection. Doimo Cucine, for example, uses 14, 20 or 23 mm thick melamine panels, depending on its different collections.
How to Clean a Kitchen in Melamine
For day to day cleaning, use a soft or micro fibre cloth and a neutral detergent. Immediately wipe away any deposits of water, wine, coffee, oil or other liquids. For stubborn stains, use a soft spatula and/or sponge with liquid detersives or neutral detergents. Remove any traces of cleaning products with a dry towel to avoid streaking or opaque areas.
- limescale stains use a sponge soaked in tepid water or a dash of vinegar
- ink stains immediately clean the surfaces with a cloth soaked in detergent or denatured alcohol; alcohol should be used carefully and only when expressly permitted in the manufacturer’s instructions.
Avoid the use of:
- scouring pads
- products containing abrasive creams
- powder detersives
- vinegar and any other solvents and diluting agents
To ensure the durability of a melamine kitchen, avoid any direct contact between panels and sources of heat, such as pots and pans, coffee makers, clothing irons, etc. Ensure that all countertop appliances are well insulated on the underside to avoid overheating, which can cause cracking or colour alterations over time.