Cloudy White Spots on Laminate Countertop?

I work for an extended stay hotel. A guest just checked out and during the breakdown and cleaning process, white cloudy spots were discovered on the kitchen counter top next to the sink. The counter is covered with a laminate product of the Formica type. They actually look more like splatters of milk. There are about six of them randomly splattered, the smallest of which pencil eraser in size with the largest about the size of a quarter. They look like greyish clouds on the countertop. As I have no idea what caused them, I'm not sure what to use on them. The variegated slate blue color of the counter makes them very noticeable. Any help will be appreciated.

By Tommy Cat

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February 2, 20120 found this helpful

Could this be spilled fingernail polish remover? Perhaps some sort of oil ie: cooking oil, olive oil, mineral oil,etc. could be rubbed on the spots, would disguise the spots. I repaired some similar spots, on dark green formica, with mineral oil. Try one small spot to start with.

February 5, 20120 found this helpful

Just a thought, maybe it is teeth whitening toothpaste stains. People who use this and wipe their mouth with their handtowels end up with bleach marks on their hand towels.

March 19, 20170 found this helpful

Toothpaste has ruined my 50s formica countertop so that's probably what it caused the white spots. I found that light sanding works to remove the spots but unfortunately it also removes any pattern that is in the formica too.


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December 22, 2013

I left my house in the care of a nice young man, but when I got home there was a white mark on the top of one of my bathroom counters. It looks as if something had been put down there and left a while. The counter is laminate. I've tried lemon juice and baking soda, without effect. Someone mentioned Iron Out, but I don't know what that is or if I can buy it in Canada. Can anyone help?


By Avril R-J from Peterborough, On. Canada

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