How to make kitchen laminate counter tops shine

Updated February 21, 2017

If your kitchen counter is made of laminate and looks like it has seen better days, you may be wondering if there is any alternative to an expensive replacement. Repeated use of harsh cleaners can dull the shine of a laminate counter top, and many cleaners leave an invisible residue that builds up and contributes to the dullness. You'll be pleased to learn there are products that have been specifically designed to hide small scratches and restore lustre to kitchen laminate counter tops, and they are not too difficult to apply.

Pour the ammonia into a bucket that is half full of hot water, taking care not to breathe the fumes.

Clean the entire kitchen laminate counter, using the scrubbing side of a sponge that has been dipped in the ammonia solution and squeezed out. Rub the counter in a circular motion until the entire surface has been cleaned. Allow the counter top to air-dry.

Pour 5 ml (1 tsp) of laminate counter polish onto a cloth that has been dampened with water.

Apply the polish to the counter, using a circular motion and overlapping the circles to ensure the entire surface has received a thin film of polish. Reapply polish to the cloth as needed until the entire counter has been treated. Allow the polish to dry completely to a dull film.

Buff the countertop to remove the polish residue, using a soft lint-free or microfibre cloth and again working in an overlapping circular motion. Your laminate counter top will now be restored to its original shine.


Always follow the manufacturer's directions when using laminate counter polish.

Repeated applications may be required, depending on the brand of laminate counter top polish you buy.

Things You'll Need

  • 50 ml (1/4 cup) ammonia
  • 4.5 litre (1 gallon) bucket
  • Sponge with scrubbing side
  • Laminate counter polish
  • Soft lint-free cloths
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Robin Hewitt began her writing career in 2008. She is the coauthor of several books, including "The Joyous Gift of Grandparenting," which covers the nutritional and fitness needs of both grandchildren and grandparents.