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April 17, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 198

Formica countertops are made of a thin layer of plastic material, the laminate, attached to a base of plywood or other materials using glue. They are among the most popular cheap countertops, and relatively easy to maintain. However, the wrong cleaning routine can damage the protective plastic layer and create stains, scratches or even leave the wood underneath visible, requiring you to replace or resurface the countertops.

Day to Day Cleaning

To properly clean Formica countertops every day, a clean cloth and mild dish soap usually suffice, preferably using warm water. However, remember to dry the countertop to avoid water accumulating in the seams and potentially damaging the base. Avoid using scouring pads or anything that could scratch the surface, as scratches can happen easily.

If your Formica countertop has a high gloss finish you may want to use a mild glass cleaner and then buff with a clean, non-abrasive cotton cloth until any marks are gone.

Resistant Stains

To remove resistant stains, you can make a mix of baking soda and water using 3 times as much baking soda as water. Spread this paste over the stain without rubbing, and let it soak for five minutes before carefully wiping it away. Avoid scrubbing, because the baking soda could damage the finish.

Small scratches and chips can be repaired with special paste for laminate countertops, usually available in a variety of colours at hardware stones.

Things to Avoid

While you may feel tempted to use bleach or other highly corrosive cleaning products to properly clean Formica countertops, this can result in damage to the finish and changes to the colour of your countertops. Avoid using abrasive substances or cleaning materials, and don't leave bottles containing those substances on top of your laminate countertops to avoid damage.

If you have a resistant stain you can use solvents that are made especially for laminate, or even a floor cleaner that doesn't have acid or alkali, such as a Neutral PH one. Denatured alcohol and ammonia based cleaners can also be used, as long as it's not very often and you are particularly careful not to let it pool on the edges, as it could damage the glue on the seams.

Unlike solid surface and wood countertops, you cannot repair scratches on laminate by sanding, and using sandpaper will result in permanent damage to your kitchen surfaces. The only way to repair severely damaged Formica countertops is replacing the laminate, what is known as resurfacing countertops.

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