How to Care for LEEZA Lab Tops by Durcon
Epoxy resin work surfaces are durable, non-porous, man-made stone products that are relatively unaffected by most chemicals, heat, flame, and moisture. However, LEEZA Lab Tops by Durcon do require periodic care and maintenance to keep them looking like new.
Whether you are a facility owner, manager, custodian or lab user, it is helpful to know how to maintain the good appearance of your lab tables. Follow the steps below, or download this care and maintenance guide for LEEZA Lab Tops by Durcon.
Regular Care Procedures
Durcon recommends monthly or quarterly inspections of all surfaces, sinks and joints, plus daily or weekly cleanings to maintain your epoxy resin’s original finish and to help ensure a safe, uncontaminated working environment.
The following list contains items you may wish to have on-hand for regular cleaning and to handle most problems that may occur.
- Acetone or Paint Thinner
- Crystal Simple Green
- White Scotch Brite Pads (always use moist or wet)
- Finish Oil (Mineral Oil)
- Murphy’s Oil
- Clean Rags or Sponges
- Chamois Cloth
- Mild Soap or Household Cleaner
- Two-part Smooth-On Epoxy Grout
IMPORTANT NOTE: Never use wax or polish containing wax on epoxy resin work surfaces or sinks. Also, never use abrasive pads, powders or liquids (such as Soft Scrub) as dulling of the surface will result.
LEEZA LAB TOPS by Durcon…Work Surface Care Tips
Promptly wipe up all spills. Acetone should be used (where allowed) to thoroughly clean surfaces. Apply and wipe away with a paper towel or a clean rag. As an alternative, Crystal Simple Green (or comparable household cleaning product) can be used to clean surfaces.
An occasional application of finish oil or Murphy’s Oil can restore the luster to the surface, but remember this: too much oil can cloud the surface.
- Apply oil by pouring the minimum amount of oil necessary to cover the surface area onto a clean rag.
- Thoroughly rub in oil using a circular motion.
- Wipe away excess oil with a clean rag.
- A chamois can be used to buff the surface to the desired sheen.
Marring is matter left on the surface that appears as a line and remains smooth to the touch. Most metals are softer than the work surface and can leave a mar if pulled across the top. Marring can almost always be removed with acetone or with mild cleaning products and elbow grease. Always try the softest cloth and the weakest solution (soap and water) first.
If marring persists, try using a white Light Duty Scotchbrite Pad moistened with stronger solutions. Never use a dry Scotchbrite pad or a more abrasive pad and always apply the minimum amount of pressure required on the surface to remove the mar.
Harder metals, abrasives, and heavy or sharp items can dig into the surface resulting in a scratch. Scratches usually appear as a lighter shade of the surface and will be rough to the touch. Scratches in epoxy resin are permanent but will not affect work surface performance.
An aesthetic remedy for scratches is coloring in the void with a permanent marker. This option will never perfectly match the color and gloss of the surrounding surface.
Staining can be caused by chemicals left to dry on the surface. Chemical stains usually lighten or bleach the surface but can also roughen and even crack the top. Like scratches, chemical stains are permanent and, if they have caused too much damage, you may need to replace of the top.
Special Issues for Your LEEZA Lab Tops by Durcon
Epoxy resin products (especially glued in sinks) are subject to thermal shock and are not warranted against damage from liquid nitrogen or dry ice. Possible effects caused by the improper disposal of these materials include joint failure and/or sink fractures.
By following these simple guidelines, your LEEZA Lab Tops by Durcon will look good for the life of the lab.