Whether you are cleaning up a vintage table or your kitchen counters, you may be looking for tips on cleaning Formica. This is a guide about cleaning Formica.
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To remove a stain on your Formica counter top, just slather a thick amount of dish washing detergent over it and let it sit for several hours, then wipe it up. The detergent seems to draw the stain into it. I discovered this by accident and it works over 90% of the time.
By Ramona from Ocala, FL
I recently had to deal with a stained white laminate counter top, due to a tea spill that wasn't cleaned up right away. I tried everything to clean it: thick bleach, baking soda (left on for two 24 hour periods), dish soap, all-purpose cleaners, and Vim powder; nothing worked! In fact, bleach seemed to darken the stain, and I suspect this is due to the hard water in our location.
What did work was a melamine "magic eraser", such as the Mr. Clean brand, but any type of melamine foam pad will work. Scrubbing really hard on the stain with the eraser did what no other cleaner could. Now the countertop looks just like normal, after a few sessions with the eraser. Save yourself a lot of trouble and just go with the melamine foam.
By StainH8r 
Mix above ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray on and wipe surfaces. Rinse well.
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Here are questions related to Cleaning Formica.
I have been trying in vain to find some way to clean the counter tops in my kitchen. We are renting this house and the counter tops in the kitchen (Formica I think) are beige. There are all kinds of grayish stains and some that look like rust.
I have tried Comet, Ajax, Bon Ami, a little household bleach and SOS pads to no avail! They have helped with some of the lighter stains, but there are still those awful old ugly brownish/grayish stains! I'm not sure where these came from, but I sure would like to get rid of them.
If anyone has any suggestions, I certainly would appreciate hearing from you. I saw a commercial on TV for something called Oxi-Clean and was wondering if that might help (however, it may just be for laundry, I'm not sure). Anyway, Happy Holidays to everyone! :)
How can I clean formica furniture?
C from Coconut Creek, Florida
By Brenda  01/28/2006
WOW! The hairspray worked instantly. Thanks for the tip.
I have Formica countertops and also Formica on the back of my stove. Could you please tell me how to get grease spots off of my Formica on the back of my stove.
The best thing that I have found for removing grease on anything, including clothes is a product called 'Greased Lightning'. You can find it at Home Depot and I'm pretty sure that Walmart sells it to. I cleaned the range hood filter at my son's house with it. The filter was there when he bought the house and looked like it had never been cleaned - it was dark brown and sticky. He had no hot water so I filled the sink up with cold water and dumped about 2 cups of 'Greased Lightning' in. I let the filter sit in the sink overnight and the next day after using a soft scrub brush on it, it was silver looking and all shiny. Try it...I know you'll like it.
I had accidently sprayed some oven cleaner on my black Formica counter. It has left a stain. How can I restore the color to the counter?
By Helen E. from Bellingham, WA
By Sharon Cross  03/01/2013
You might try touching up the spots, with mineral oil, cooking oil, olive oil, etc. Rub the oil on...then rub it off. Good luck!
I have a vintage Formica-top kitchen table in my bedroom. It sounds weird, but it fits in and there's room for it. I have a large room and a small table.
The other day, I (foolishly) stood beside it while using hairspray, and now when you run your hand across it, you can feel the overspray. You can't see any difference.
How can I clean this off without damaging the 50-60 year old table? It didn't come clean with Windex.
By judy 09/24/2012
The same thing you use to get hairspray off your hair, shampoo!
I want to clean Formica so that I can faux paint it to look like granite. What should I use to make sure it is really clean and the paint will stick?
By Maryann P. from Phoenix, AZ
By Carol Verhoff  08/13/2009
I just created a blog through this website all about my experiences remodeling my kitchen. I painted my counter tops to look like galaxy granite and talk about some of the troubles I ran into while doing it, which might be of benefit to you. I'm not sure if my blog is working correctly or if anybody has taken a look at it, but I'd love it if they did.
Like grammakin suggested, I used TSP to clean my counters and in my blog I talk about some of the other steps involved.
Be sure you are logged in if you want to connect to my link. I'm not sure if it's just my computer, but if you want to see additional information about each photo you have to click on the photo.
Good luck with your counters.
What is the best way to clean a 1950s Formica top table?
By Sandra from Tamaqua, PA
How do I clean rust stains on white Formica?
By Julienne I
By Frugal Sunnie  01/04/2012
I've had good results using a scouring powder like Bon Ami, Barkeeps Friend, and in drastic application, Comet or Ajax. Test a small corner to see if it will make things worse before trying to do the whole thing, though, to be sure you can live with it.
My black Formica countertop has white stains that do not show up when wet but can see when dry. Any ideas on how to remove them?
By windmilldecor from Fort Lauderdale
It is possible that the white on your countertop was caused by a little standing water, hot pots or abrasive cleaners, all of which are a no-no for Formica. Because the white only shows up when the counter is dry, the counter probably needs a good waxing with a product made exclusively for Formica. Here is a link that tells how to care for Formica countertops.
http://www2.answerbag.com/articles/ ... 3a7460e5-f31f-00b4-9b10-833c246434b0
I have a 1950s Formica table with a built in extension. The extension is still the bright red the table had, but the outer portions have turned dark, how can I correct the darkened areas?
How can you remove stains from Formica tops?
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How can I clean my formica countertop which is badly stained with all kinds of dirty marks?
- Faye (08/09/2003)
By Shirley H.
I need some tips for cleaning grease from Formica.
By Rocco from White Plains, NY
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