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  • You are here: Home-> News->Tips to Clean a Laminate Table or Countertop

    Laminate is an easy-clean surface that doesn't need too much extra care. Many household products are designed to help keep laminate surfaces clean. More difficult food and liquid stains might require a little more work, but they'll come up with relative ease too.

    Cleaning Tough Stains
    1.Mix baking soda into a paste. Slowly add water to a bowl of baking soda and mix it until a thick paste forms.  You don't want this paste to be too runny. It should be thick.

    2.Apply the paste to the stain. Put paste on top of the stain. The stain should be completely covered by a layer of paste. Put a paper towel on top of the area to keep moisture in.

    3.Let the paste soak in. Leave the stain alone for at least an hour, but preferably several. It will take some time for the baking soda to lift the stain out of the laminate.

    4.Wipe the paste away. Without scrubbing, gently wipe the laminate surface clean. Baking soda can be abrasive so you don't want to scrub and potentially leave micro-scratches on the surface. Most of the time, this should take care of your stain.

    5.Use a gentle solvent on any remaining stain. If any stain remains, it can usually be addressed by using a solvent like paint thinner or nail polish remover.Apply one of these and gently scrub with a soft towel.
    -Be sure to use a white cloth or towel - the solvent could cause the colors to bleed!

    Maintaining a Clean Surface
    Wipe up spills quickly. Most spills can be handled with relative ease if addressed immediately. Use damp paper towels or a wash rag on wet spills, and clean crumbs with a mini broom or simply by wiping them away with your hand.
    Prepare your solution. If you weren't able to address a spill immediately, you can use one of any number of standard household cleaners after checking the back label to make sure they are compatible with laminate. If you don't have a solution you can mix soap with warm water, or add several tablespoons of vinegar to a cup of warm water.
    -Most standard cleaners will be compatible. Laminate usually tolerates everything from soap to vinegar to even bleach.
    -If you are ever unsure about any cleaning solution, test it in an inconspicuous spot first.
    Wash the laminate. Use a non-abrasive sponge or towel to clean the laminate. If you are using your own solution, wet your sponge and spread it over the laminate. Allow it to sit and soak in a moment before scrubbing. If you are using a pre mixed solution, spray it over the laminate and give it a moment before scrubbing.
    -Use a soft used toothbrush to scrub along seams and metal edging.
    Rinse with water. Once you have washed the laminate, you should rinse the surface with water to remove any remaining residue of your cleaning solution. Warm water and a soft towel are great for this.
    Dry the laminate. Use a soft dry towel to dry the laminate if you desire. You could also let it air dry, but drying it yourself will help you see whether or not there are any remaining stains. Assuming that there aren't any stains left, you are done!