Laminate countertops provide an inexpensive alternative to polished rock countertops made from granite, marble or limestone. Laminate countertops are made from layers of plastic stuck to a baseboard with strong adhesive. The downside of laminate is that it dulls over time and also scratches and scuffs more easily than stone. Consider replacing or refinishing badly scratched laminate countertops. Alternatively, restore shine to the countertop by cleaning it and then using a speciality laminate cleaning and shining solution.
Fill a bowl or bucket with hot water and two to three squeezes of dish detergent. Soak a clean cloth in the solution and wipe over the laminate countertop to remove all food crumbs, grease and other dirt.
Squeeze the juice from a lemon onto stubborn and hard water stains. Wait for a few moments and then wipe the juice from the countertop with a clean, dry cloth.
Check the instructions of the laminate cleaning and shining solution. You will need to mix concentrated laminate cleaner with water. Use other laminate cleaners straight from the bottle undiluted if specified.
Mix the laminate cleaning and shining solution in a bucket, adding the required amount of hot water.
Dunk a clean cloth or sponge into the cleaning and shining solution and wipe over the entire countertop. Wait for the cleaning and shining solution to dry properly. Add a second layer to provide a deep and long-lasting shine.
Buff the laminate countertop with a dry, lint-free cloth to bring out the shine.
Use laminate floor cleaning and shining solution as an alternative to specific kitchen or bathroom formulations. Buy online or at large hardware and DIY stores. Always check manufacturer's instructions before use. Apply light furniture wax to laminate countertops to provide a protective film that maintains shine and reduces scratching.