How to Clean Sticky Feeling Laminate Countertops

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How to Clean Sticky Feeling Laminate Countertops
Make your own laminate countertop cleaner with vinegar. (green spray bottle image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com)

Laminate countertops are affordable and found in many homes. The laminate is durable and replicates the look of more expensive materials, such as wood, giving the appearance of the wood without the expensive price tag. As with any type of countertop, the residue from foods and other elements can quickly accumulate on laminate, leaving you in need of an effective cleaning routine. You do have the option of purchasing a commercial cleaning solution, but often these contain harsh chemicals that should not be used in areas like the countertops that are constantly in contact with food. By making your own cleaning solution and keeping it on hand in the home, you can keep the countertops clean and free of sticky build-up without use of harsh chemicals.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Dish rag
  • Dish towel

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Mix equal parts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle, and add in 1 tsp dish soap.

  2. 2

    Spray the mixture over your countertops and wipe off with a damp dish cloth. The vinegar is a natural disinfectant that kills bacteria and cuts through the stickiness, while the dish soap assists in breaking up sticky build-up.

  3. 3

    Rinse your dish cloth, wring out and wipe over the countertops once more to remove any remaining cleaning solution.

  4. 4

    Dry the countertops with a dish towel so the laminate does not accumulate water spots or streaks.

  5. 5

    Store the spray bottle out of reach of pets and children, as this is a mild cleaner but the dish soap could be harmful if ingested.

  6. 6

    Use the cleaning solution weekly or as needed to keep the laminate countertops clean and free of sticky residue.

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