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How to Polish a Formica Countertop

Updated February 21, 2017

Formica countertops--also known as laminate--are a common choice for many households. This material is low-cost, comes in many colours and styles, and requires little maintenance. Though Formica can be cleaned with a damp cloth and mild soap, it may require occasional polishing to restore its shine.

Fill up your sink with warm water and a few drops of dish detergent.

Dip a cloth into the soapy water and wring it out. Clean the countertop with the cloth, removing any dust, spills, or debris.

Rinse the cloth with clean water and wipe over the countertop to rinse away excess soap residue. Dry it with a clean cloth.

Apply a few drops of lemon oil to a clean, dry cloth. Wipe over the entire surface of the Formica countertop to evenly coat it with a thin layer of lemon oil. A little goes a long way--buff it into the surface to prevent streaking or a film.

Things You'll Need

  • Lemon oil
  • Mild dish soap
  • 3 cloths
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Melissa Rae has been a writer since 2008, specializing in home-and-garden, business, technology and education topics. Rae holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Herzing University.