Cleaning Lab Worktops
Due to the current COVID 19 public health issue, we have been approached for advice specifically regarding cleaning lab worktops. At APMG we only use the toughest of materials for our work surfaces. Our worktops are Trespa® TopLab®BASE, Trespa® TopLab®PLUS or hardwood.
Not sure which TopLab worktop you have? Look underneath. If it’s the same finish as the top, it’s Base. If it’s black, it’s Plus. However, the same cleaning advice applies to both materials.
If you’re in a school or university you’re likely to have TopLab®BASE. It’s generally supplied for education applications including labs, food tech rooms and classrooms.
In these environments impact resistance is important whereas chemical resistance is not critical. Because it’s not adversely affected by moisture BASE is ideal for worktops and cabinetry where severe use and frequent cleaning is expected.
If you’re operating in a commercial or university chemistry environment, you may well have this surface. It’s suited to environments where hygiene, avoidance of contamination, sustainability and safety are important.
It’s easy to clean and has excellent resistance to most aggressive chemicals and cleaning agents. It doesn’t support bacterial growth.
Cleaning Lab Worktops – Trespa®
Clean the surface of Trespa® TopLab® with household cleaners, water or soap. Abrasive or polishing agents should not be used.
If you require more thorough cleaning, use stronger cleaners or disinfectants adapted to the usage such as:
- Alcohol, preferably 60-70 % solution in water
- Aldehydes, although not in, or in combination with, quaternary ammonia compounds
- Chlorine separating compounds. However, long term use of these products can cause certain pigments to fade
- Phenols (not to be used for kitchen disinfection)
- Peroxide compounds (hydrogen peroxide and organic peracids)
- Quartenair ammonia compounds
Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully when using any cleaning agent or disinfectant. Using a combination of products may cause unwanted chemical reactions which produce harmful gases. Surfaces that have been cleaned with aggressive cleaning agents should be thoroughly rinsed. This dilutes the cleaning agent and prevents it from drying on the panel surface.
Cleaning Lab Worktops – Hardwood
Hardwood worktops are tough and look beautiful. Some species of wood, for example iroko, have natural antibiotic properties. While it can be more porous than some man-made materials, even when dirty it can harbour fewer microbes.
The cleaning regime for hardwood worktops will vary. It depends on the wood, the application, the type of oil applied and the maintenance routine. Due to the number of variables, if APMG has supplied you with a hardwood work surface please contact us. Have the details to hand and we will give you tailored advice.