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How to Restore Shine on Laminate Countertops

Updated February 21, 2017

Laminate is a resilient material that holds up well against scratches and dents. After a period of time, the shine on the laminate dulls from cleaning products. Soapy cleaners leave a filmy residue, clouding the surface of the laminate. An acidic cleaner may remove the soap film, but does not restore the shine. Restoring the shine to the countertops help kitchens look cleaner and fresh.

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  1. Pour 1/4 cup of white vinegar onto a clean cloth. Disinfect the laminate countertops by wiping the cloth over the surface. Allow the vinegar to evaporate on the countertop.

  2. Apply 1 to 2 tbsp of car wax onto a soft, cotton cloth. Wipe the car wax in circular motions over a 3-foot section of the laminate. Fold the cloth to expose a clean area, and place additional car wax on the cloth, wiping another section of the countertop. Cover the entire laminate surface with the car wax. Allow the wax to remain on the laminate for 10 minutes.

  3. Buff the wax from the laminate countertops with a clean, soft cloth. Fold the cloth into a square, and rub the wax with rotating motions, removing it from the laminate. Refold the cloth to wipe with a clean area after buffing each 3-foot section of the countertop.

  4. Wipe car wax residue from the countertop with a clean, soft cloth.

  5. Clean the laminate countertop with a damp dish rag.

  6. Dry the countertop with a cotton cloth.

  7. Spray an oil-based laminate countertop polish over the entire surface. Allow the polish to remain on the countertop overnight.

  8. Wipe the polish from the laminate countertop the next morning with a clean, soft cloth.

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Things You'll Need

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • Soft cotton cloths
  • Car wax
  • Dish rag
  • Oil-based laminate countertop polish

About the Author

Constance Barker, located in the hills of southern Ohio, is the owner and writer of several financial, credit report and travel websites. She started writing in 1999 for private clients and began creating website content in 2004. She gained expertise in home improvement after she and her husband built their home themselves.

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