Kitchens in polymeric materials are resistant, available in a wide variety of solid colours, glossy and matt. They can simulate a vast number of woods in various finishes to create an elegant and affordable kitchen.
What are Polymeric Materials?
Polymeric materials are a mixture of plastic – the most common is PVC – utilised in “polymeric sheets”, thin finishing sheets, generally between 0.3 mm and little more than 1.0 mm. They are heated to deform to the shape of the panels to which they are applied under pressure. In a single step they cover edges, surfaces and eventual cavities, precisely and permanently. Polymeric sheets can be produced in solid colours or printed to obtain the look of wood, faithfully reproducing the appearance of different species.
Characteristics of Polymeric Materials
Polymeric material elements for kitchen cabinetry are:
- resistant to water and water-based liquids
- resistant to stains
- resistant to impact
- available in numerous colours and finishes
- very similar to the woods they simulate
- applied to rough panels with minimum emissions of formaldehyde (class E1, UNI EN 13986/2005)
Kitchen Fronts or Panels in Polymeric Materials
Polymeric materials are just one of many plastic products used in the furniture industry. In the kitchen they are used above all for vertical furnishing elements: front panels for low, tall and upper units. This keeps them from being exposed to the high stresses of horizontal surfaces used to prepare food and subject to impact and heat from direct contact, to which these materials are sensible. Polymeric sheets are applied to a base panel, finished on the external face and edges in the case of front panels; at Doimo Cucine, for example, we use medium density fibre board (MDF) internally finished in white melamine. For open shelving we finish both sides and all exposed edges in polymeric material panels.
How to Clean Polymeric Materials
To clean a surface in polymeric material use a soft cloth (in microfiber) and a neutral liquid detergent; rinse with a warm damp cloth and dry carefully. Immediately remove any deposits of water, wine, coffee or other liquids with a soft cloth or kitchen paper.
To ensure the durability of a kitchen in polymeric materials we recommend running the exhaust hood above the cooking area to keep this heat sensitive thermoplastic material from overheating.
Avoid the use of:
- sponges, scouring pads and abrasive products
- acetone, alcohol or detergents containing chloride and other aggressive ingredients, such as formic acid based limescale removers, drain cleaners, hydrochloric acid, silverware cleaning products, oven cleaning products, bleach products
- vapour jet cleaners, because polymeric materials are a heat sensitive thermoplastic material
- warm objects in direct contact with these surfaces, including ovens or other home appliances without insulated bottom panels