I have Rubbermaid drain boards on the counters next to my sink. They had begun to look faded from being cleaned all the time. We have very hard water and I use vinegar to remove calcium deposits. I got tired of looking at them so the other day after cleaning them once again, I grabbed the liquid car wax and spread it on. I let it dry and then polished it with a soft cloth. They looked almost new again!
I also have very hard water, and the Rubbermaid Drain Boards were so difficult and time consuming to clean that I now use clean towels instead. They work great and can be dried out quickly; I'll never buy another regular drain board again.
I use an old cafeteria style tray to hold my dish drainer, then store in the pantry between uses after pouring accumulated water down the drain and wiping with a sponge. A cookie sheet with edges would work as well.
Harlean from Arkansas
After thoroughly cleaning our very vintage tall Rubbermaid drain board mat #1183-2 (being almost 2"H, having dots vs. wavy lines), it was sprayed with two thin coats of "Krylon" Gloss / "Fusion for Plastic", etc. which can be found in just about any color. Glad to say, it is still in use! About every year or so, it is revamped to remain visibly acceptable.
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