You Can Literally Iron Out Dings and Scratches from Formica’s New Countertops

published May 11, 2020
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Being the hub of the house, the kitchen is a prime spot for accidents to happen. Plates break, food spills, and countertops get scratched. The latter issue used to be a huge pain in the neck to deal with, but now thanks to a genius material, countertop scratches just got a lot less stressful.

Formica introduced a new material to its countertop lineup called Fenix, and it’s practically impossible to damage. And if you manage to scratch, ding, or knick it in any way, imperfections can literally be ironed out.

Fenix, designed by Arpa Industriale in 2013, is made from “multilayer coatings” of acrylic resins that are hardened and fixed together with an “electron beam curing” process. The way Fenix is made gives the material a soft, matte finish that is anti-fingerprint and food-safe.

The material, which can be used both vertically and horizontally, comes in a wide array of different nature-inspired colors such as pinks, beiges, greens, and blues, and each can be cleaned with standard, gentle cleaning solutions—in fact, most spills and messes can be treated with just a damp cloth.

And if dings, scratches, and mistakes appear on the surface, just take a damp cloth and an iron to the problem area. This process is called “thermal healing,” and it’s basically magic. With dampness and heat, the countertop will ultimately heal itself.

Don’t believe it? Just watch. Be prepared to ooh and ahh.

You can learn more about Fenix via Formica’s recent press release. To install the no-stress, low-maintenance material, check with a local Formica retailer—after reading up on ways to keep your renovation on time and on budget.