Commonly called by the trade name Formica, laminate is a hard synthetic material affixed to a layer of wood or particleboard.
The material is extremely durable, but proper installation is crucial. It’s sold in 4 foot by 7 1/2-inch planks laid tongue and groove in order to appear solid. Joints must be properly glued to prevent moisture penetration and buckling.
Very soft and kind to your feet.
The Clean up
Easy and like hardwoods, the finish hides a lot. Laminate cleaning products are easily available.