The edges are very vulnerable to chipping so keep this in brain when moving heavy objects on or around the laminate countertop. Laminate countertops are not heat proof and even if just an area is damaged the entire surface have to be replaced. To protect from heat damage, stay away from placing hot pot as well as pans directly on the laminate countertop area. Setting a boiling hot pot on the countertop can make a dark mark, or even be the source of the laminate to bubble up, but you shouldn't be setting warm objects on the countertops of yours anyway, even in case they are quartz or granite. For almost all staining, wiping the laminate surface area with a damp cloth or a sponge with mild detergent will do the trick.